Wind River and PrismTech Software Defined Radio Solution

Wind River teamed with PrismTech to develop a high-performance software defined radio (SDR) solution for the military and public sectors. According to testing conducted by PrismTech, the combined SDR solution has demonstrated breakthrough performance on multiple processors from Freescale and Intel, including round trip times of less than 10 seconds to power up, initialize the platform, load waveform components, unload waveform components, and shut down the radio. The Wind River and PrismTech SDR solution is immediately available to customers worldwide.

Wind River and PrismTech SDR Solution Features

  • SCA AEP 2.2.2 conformant library for rapid component integration
  • Market leading Spectra CX advanced SDR SCA waveform and platform development tool supporting model-driven engineering
  • C and C++ language support for optimized, portable radio software development and deployment
  • Spectra e*ORB optimized CORBA library
  • Wind River Advanced Network Technology stack supporting both VxWorks and Wind River Linux
  • VxWorks 6 and Wind River Linux operating system platforms available on a wide range of COTS board vendors using high-performance commercial semiconductors
  • Wind River Workbench Eclipse-based development environment

The SDR solution combines Wind River’s VxWorks 6 real-time operating system with compliance to both Software Communication Architecture (SCA) 2.2.2 and POSIX PSE52 runtime libraries, with PrismTech’s Spectra SDR Operating Environment, including small form factor core framework and embedded ORB middleware. PrismTech’s Spectra SDR Operating Environment also operates with Wind River Linux, with comparable performance, which enables a wide range of complementary SDR applications and hardware platforms to be deployed. PrismTech is testing the combined solution on leading hardware platforms, including ARM, Freescale, and Intel architectures, and is delivering comprehensive benchmarking documentation.

The combined SDR solution enables developers of software defined radios to use commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) components that adhere to SCA software radio standards, enabling radio manufacturers to immediately meet stringent requirements of the military and public sectors. These standards are mandated by the U.S. Department of Defense for Joint Tactical Radio Systems (JTRS) and validated by the JTRS Test and Evaluation Laboratory (JTEL). Standards compliance is fundamental to wireless interfaces and increasingly to the software architecture inside the radio. Standardization of the software architecture facilitates application software and radio waveform reuse and evolution across diverse hardware platforms, hence lowering development costs and shortening time-to-market for new radio functionality.

The combined Wind River and PrismTech SDR solution includes advanced tooling for modeling, code-generation, and compliance validation. This maximizes developer time on applications development rather than software infrastructure and tooling support. COTS products benefit from economies-of-scale, on-going development, and professional support not available with custom developments, reducing total lifecycle costs in multiple ways.

More info: Wind River | PrismTech’s Spectra OE