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NASA Selects Objective Interface Systems For Software Communications Architecture Research Program
LONDON, UK — June 11, 2007 — Objective Interface Systems, Inc., provider of the most widely used communications middleware for software defined radios (SDRs), today announced that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Glenn Research Center has selected its high-performance real-time communications middleware, ORBexpress® RT, to research the viability and optimization options for a light-weight Software Communication Architecture (SCA) as a potential software architecture solution for NASA’s next-generation SDRs..

With the most rigorous requirements for size, weight and power (SWAP)—factors critical to space-based advanced radio communications—NASA selected ORBexpress RT, a small-footprint product that optimizes the use of scarce resources.

“Whether on a satellite, a shuttle or a space station, NASA faces the most demanding known requirements for SWAP,” said Joe Jacob, senior vice president of Objective Interface. “ORBexpress RT combines high performance with low latency and low overhead, which are important for small, light-weight, low-power radios.”

Mr. Jacob added: “We are extremely pleased that NASA has selected ORBexpress RT for a project with so much potential significance to their radio communications program.”

A Department of Defense standard for the next generation of software defined radios, the SCA provides several benefits. Among them are software re-use; common hardware and software platforms to reduce production costs; and field upgradeability. SCA-based SDRs use Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) for the design and deployment of their radio application. ORBexpress RT is a real-time CORBA object request broker (ORB).

Mr Jacob elaborated “As real-time communications middleware, ORBexpress RT goes beyond fulfilling the CORBA requirement of the SCA. It provides a secure and safe high-performance framework for the various software modules that define a software defined radio’s behavior, ensuring predictability of behavior and reliability.”

About International Software Radio
Held June 11-12 at the Copthorne Tara Hotel in London, International Software Radio 2007 will address current and future military requirements in providing software-based wireless systems and devices for effective communications within and between units and forces. On June 11, Joe Jacob, senior vice president of Objective Interface, will present “Developing Highly Secure Radios Using CORBA Across Devices.” During this tutorial, Mr. Jacob will address the need for a high-assurance architecture for SDR. He will also explore how to use CORBA across general purpose processors (GPPs), digital signal processors (DSPs) and field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). For more information, visit:

About ORBexpress RT from Objective Interface
ORBexpress RT is the industry’s first SCA-certified CORBA ORB. ORBexpress RT enables software developers to simplify the development of distributed software, build scalable, efficient and robust applications, and reduce overall development time.

ORBexpress RT is based on the Real-time CORBA standard that enables real-time and embedded devices in heterogeneous environments to communicate seamlessly. Thousands of customers worldwide have used the ORBexpress communications infrastructure to build more flexible, upgradeable and capable products.

ORBexpress RT provides support for GPPs, DSPs and FPGAs. Available in C++, Ada and Java, ORBexpress has been recognized as the fastest ORB in the industry in an independent study conducted by Boeing’s Phantomworks Group. For more information on ORBexpress RT and the Objective Interface portfolio of communications middleware, please visit:, call 1 800-800-OIS7 in the U.S., +33 (0) 6 68 35 15 45 in Europe or +81 (0)3-5623-2112 in Japan or e-mail inquiries to:

About Objective Interface Systems
Objective Interface is the worldwide leader of high-performance, real-time and embedded communications middleware solutions. The company provides service-oriented architecture middleware, application communications middleware and secure communications middleware development tools based on the Multiple Independent Levels of Security/Safety (MILS) architecture to meet the high-performance requirements of military and aerospace, telecommunications, data communications, industrial automation and process control, transportation and consumer electronics markets. Objective Interface products are the communications core of many performance-critical products and systems including mission-critical avionics systems, network management, vehicle control and management systems, software defined radio, telecommunication systems, process control systems and nuclear fusion ignition facilities. Objective Interface customers consist of the world’s most advanced product and engineering organizations including The Boeing Company, BAE Systems, CERN, Daimler-Benz, EADS, Ericsson, Eurocontrol Experimental Centre, General Dynamics, Harris Corporation, Hughes Network Systems, ITT, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Honeywell, Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace, Lawrence Livermore National Labs, Lockheed Martin, Lyrtech, Nikon, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Philips, Raytheon, Rockwell Collins, Saab Technical Systems, Samsung, Sandia, Selex Communications, Telefunken, Thales Communications, TRW, the U.S. Department of Defense, ViaSat and many others. For more information, please visit:


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