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Objective Interface Presents High-Assurance Communications Middleware For Safe and Secure Radios

HERNDON, VA - November 7, 2005 - Objective Interface Systems, Inc., the leading provider of high-performance, safe, and secure communications middleware for software defined radio (SDR) platforms, today announced its technical presentations for the SDR Forum 2005 Technical Conference. Offering an in-depth tutorial, High-Assurance Security and Safety for Software-based Communications, Joseph M. Jacob, Senior Vice President, will present an enhanced software architecture for mission-critical data known as Multiple Independent Levels of Security (MILS), which will become the secure foundation for protecting and enabling SDR systems. The foundational communications middleware for MILS, called the Partitioning Communications System (PCS), was designed by Objective Interface in collaboration with the National Security Agency (NSA) and the United States Air Force Research Laboratory (U.S. AFRL). The PCS will be used to build the most effective safe and secure software-based radio systems possible for military and aerospace. It will also be used to provide flexible, safe, and secure wireless communications for commercial markets.

Continuing the discussion of security-critical middleware technologies at SDR Forum, Objective Interface Senior Scientist Victor Giddings will deliver a technical paper on the design of High-Assurance CORBA for software-based communications. Mr. Giddings will also introduce a new approach for middleware used with digital signal processors (DSPs) and field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) for SDRs. While dramatically reducing the code size of the middleware for DSPs and FPGAs, this approach to middleware for DSPs and FPGAs will increase their ability to communicate with all other parts of the radio.

"In military operations or civilian crisis situations, radio often provides the only means of communication in high-risk environments. Military personnel must have the ability to share secret information with allied commanders, top-secret communications with Central Command and unclassified information to soldiers in the field. They face multiple challenges in doing so. Historically, radios have not been effective at separating multiple levels of classified and unclassified transmissions," said Bill Beckwith, CEO/CTO, Objective Interface Systems, Inc. "We see the potential for MILS middleware technologies to provide high-assurance separation for multiple levels of data."

Mr. Beckwith added: "Given the importance of SDR to our customers in military and commercial markets, we are committed to providing our solutions, ORBexpress™ and PCSexpress™ , to meet the most stringent demands of software-based communications."

Objective Interface is the developer of ORBexpress™ , an ultra high-performance, small-footprint, full-featured ORB that enables designers of SDR platforms to achieve interoperability through software modifications, not hardware changes. The company is also leading the effort at the Object Management Group for a new High-Assurance CORBA specification. In addition, Objective Interface has announced PCSexpress™ , a secure high-performance communications middleware product that is the foundational communications component of MILS.

Objective Interface at SDR Forum

Objective Interface will participate in both the technical conference and exhibition at the SDR Forum 2005 Technical Conference. Joseph Jacob, Senior Vice President, will present a tutorial, High-assurance Security and Safety for Software-Based Communications, Monday, November 14, 2005 from 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. In addition, Victor Giddings, Senior Scientist, will present a conference paper, Middleware for DSPs and FPGAs, Wednesday, November 16, 2005, during Middleware Session 3.4 from 1:30-4:00 p.m. Mr. Giddings will also present a conference paper, High-assurance CORBA for Software-based Communications, Thursday, November 17, 2005, during Middleware Session 3.6 from 12:50-3:00 p.m. Designers who would like more information on high-performance communications middleware for software-based communications are encouraged to stop by the Objective Interface booth, #311. They may also obtain more information by visiting:

About ORBexpress™ and PCSexpress™

ORBexpress™ from Objective Interface is a flexible, standards-based communications infrastructure that enables software developers to create extremely fast and reliable distributed applications. Independently benchmarked many times as the smallest and fastest ORB on the market, the small, efficient memory footprint of ORBexpress™ adds virtually no additional latency to communications. ORBexpress™ is available on more than six hundred platform combinations in three different programming languages. It provides customers advanced real-time connectivity software development tools, and is used in a wide variety of Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) and commercial SDR products.

PCSexpress™ is a new middleware communications product that is based on the Partitioning Communications Systems (PCS), the MILS communication middleware technology that was architected by Objective Interface. As the foundational middleware of MILS, PCSexpress™ provides highly robust separation of data throughout a network system. It delivers fast, low-latency and high-bandwidth performance and high-security communications that are transparent to the user. Through strong authentication and secure loading, PCSexpress™ provides the highest level of trust to all parts of the communications channel—blocking malicious or faulty code, viruses, worms, Trojan horses and other software threats from bringing down an entire system. It works over ordinary network hardware, further reducing the costs of designing and deploying secure systems.

For more information on ORBexpress™ and PCSexpress™, please visit:

About Software Defined Radio

Software Defined Radio (SDR) is a collection of hardware and software technologies that enable reconfigurable system architectures for wireless networks and user terminals. SDR provides an efficient and comparatively inexpensive solution to the problem of building multi-mode, multi-band, multi-functional wireless devices that can be enhanced using software upgrades. As such, SDR can be considered an enabling technology that is applicable across a wide range of areas within the wireless infrastructure, both military and commercial.

About SDR Forum

The SDR Forum 2005 Technical Conference will be held November 14-18, 2005 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove, CA. The SDR Forum is an international non-profit association dedicated to supporting the development and deployment of software defined radio systems that enable flexible and adaptable architectures in advanced wireless systems. The membership of the SDR Forum spans commercial, defense and civil government organizations, and includes wireless service providers, network operators, component and equipment manufacturers, hardware and software developers, regulatory agencies and major commercial wireless players from Asia, Europe and North America. The SDR Forum’s administrative office is headquartered in Denver, CO. For more information on the SDR Forum, please visit:

About Objective Interface Systems
Objective Interface is the worldwide leader of high-performance, real-time and embedded communications middleware solutions. The company provides Real-time Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA), publish-subscribe technology based on the Data Distribution Service standard (DDS) and secure communications middleware development tools based on the 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 mission-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. Customers of Objective Interface include Boeing, BAE Systems, British Aerospace, CERN, Daimler-Benz, EADS, Ericsson, Eurocontrol, General Dynamics, Harris, Hughes Network Systems, ITT, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Lawrence Livermore National Labs, Lockheed Martin, Lucent, Nikon, Nortel, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Rockwell Collins, Saab, Samsung, Sandia, TEAC, TRW, the U.S. Department of Defense and many others.

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