PrismTech’s Spectra SDR Product Suite Receives US Government Approval for Export Without a License

5 June 2006

Software Defined Radio ExportBurlington, MA, USA – June 05, 2006 – PrismTech™, a leading provider of productivity tools and middleware for software defined radio (SDR), today announced that the US Department of Commerce, following the US Department of State, had formally cleared its Spectra™ Tools and Operating Environment (OE) for export 'without a license' under the terms of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

PrismTech's Spectra combines advanced technology with superior COTS packaging to provide the leading SDR development and deployment environment available today. Spectra greatly enhances developer productivity (in terms of both time and code quality) through the incorporation of advanced model driven development (MDD) and domain specific language (DSL) technology. The interoperability of the tools is facilitated through the packaging of Spectra Tools as Eclipse Framework 'plug-ins' thus supporting seamless workflow with other Eclipse-based tooling. PrismTech's integration and optimization of the run-time environment (RTOS and middleware) has produced a memory footprint of under 1MB (<10% of some competitors) and high performance leveraging custom transports (e.g. switch fabrics). Spectra supports open standards and is thus radio platform independent: supporting any mix of GPP, DSP, and RTL processor technologies. Spectra also does not impose vendor lock-in, customers can choose a complete end-to-end Spectra solution or can use Spectra Tools with 3rd party Standards-based COTS or proprietary middleware.

The US Department of State had confirmed earlier this year that the products were not covered by the US Munitions List and were therefore not subject to licensing by the Department of State pursuant to the Arms Export Control Act and ITAR. The Department of Commerce have now formally granted the entire Spectra product suite (both Tools and Operating Environment) EAR 99 clearance. Products classified as “EAR 99” are eligible for export without a license to all destinations except Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Libya, Sudan and Syria under the provisions of the NLR (No License Required) in accordance with S758.1(g)(3) of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

"US government export clearance with 'no license required' status for the complete Spectra product suite means that our many prospective customers in European and Asian markets can now adopt Spectra without any concerns over security of supply. Security of supply is often a concern regarding technology (e.g. the SCA specification that Spectra supports) that has benefited from US government funding, but we have always expected to achieve these approvals and the DoS and DoC approvals paperwork is just welcome confirmation" commented Steve Jennis, SVP Corporate Development, PrismTech Corporation.


About PrismTech
Founded in 1992, with offices in the USA and Europe, PrismTech is a privately held software products company. PrismTech serves international Fortune 500 customers in the telecommunications, data communications, defense and aerospace sectors. PrismTech is an acknowledged leader in productivity tools and middleware, with solutions ranging from wide-scale integration to embedded real-time systems, supporting applications from operations support systems (OSS) through to software-defined radio (SDR).

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