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ORBexpress Middleware - The Communications Foundation for Thousands of Ultra Electronics High-Capacity SDRs

OIS’s high-performance, small-footprint CORBA ORB designed into industry’s first SCA-based tactical high-capacity radios

HERNDON, VA—March 30, 2009—Objective Interface Systems, Inc. (OIS), provider of the most widely used communications middleware for software-defined radios (SDRs), today announced that ORBexpress® is the middleware foundation for Ultra Electronics-Tactical Communication Systems’ (Ultra-TCS) family of high-capacity SDRs. As provider of the industry’s first high-capacity tactical radios based on the Software Communications Architecture (SCA), Ultra-TCS has received numerous government contracts for its radios.

As SDRs based on the SCA, Ultra-TCS’s family of high-capacity radios support waveform portability, which enables scalability and flexibility across future generations of radios by promoting both code reuse and hardware upgradeability. The Ultra-TCS family of SCA-based high-capacity SDRs features the AN/GRC-245A HCLOS™ radio—which is currently shipping with 16Mb/s capacity and is software-upgradeable to 34Mb/s full-duplex capacity. Ultra-TCS has already delivered thousands of HCLOS™ radios to North American and international customers, many of which are operating in the most demanding battlefield conditions.

“As the industry’s first supplier of high-capacity tactical radios based on the SCA core framework, we are early adopters of a technology that is well-positioned to deliver true waveform portability—a highly desirable functionality for our customers in global military, defense and security organizations,” said Claudio Lucente, vice president, Ultra Electronics-Tactical Communications Systems. “We selected ORBexpress based on its high performance as well as its tight integration with the Communications Research Centre (CRC) Core Framework used in our radios. ORBexpress facilitates seamless communications across heterogeneous platforms—an essential requirement for waveform portability. It delivers this communications infrastructure as promised—without impacting code size or performance.”

“Ultra-TCS has realized tremendous commercial success for its SCA-based high-capacity SDRs, and we are delighted to be a valued supplier to them,” said Joe Jacob, senior vice president, OIS. “Ultra-TCS’s success shows that SCA-based radios can be both high-performance and cost-effective at the same time. It is always a pleasure to see another ORBexpress customer bring to market high-performance, industry-leading products.”

About Ultra Electronics
Ultra Electronics-Tactical Communication Systems (TCS), located in Montreal, Canada is a leading global supplier of UHF radio relay and area communications systems. Primarily operating in the land forces environment of the military communications arena, TCS provides advanced radio products that serve as the backbone of modern tactical line-of-sight radio networks. These radio networks provide secure, battlefield high capacity data, video and trunk telephone telecommunication services to link battlefield theatre commanders and their combat forces. TCS has a long tradition of providing tactical communication solutions. For more than 30 years the Company has supported the United States, its allies and international customers with advanced, robust technologies, systems and support services. For more information, please visit:

About ORBexpress
ORBexpress is used wherever systems require an extremely fast, small-footprint communications infrastructure where failure is not an option. The ORBexpress family of products includes: ORBexpress RT, which meets and exceeds the Real-time CORBA standard and implements the CORBA/e profiles; ORBexpress DSP, which enables Digital Signal Processors (DSPs) to become first-class devices in mixed systems; and ORBexpress FPGA, a lightweight hardware implementation of CORBA targeted for field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).

Thousands of customers worldwide have used the ORBexpress communications infrastructure to build more flexible, upgradeable and capable products. ORBexpress is used in a wide range of systems, including mission-critical avionics systems, robotics, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems, nuclear fusion control systems and software defined radios. Available in C++, Java and Ada, ORBexpress has been recognized repeatedly as the smallest and fastest ORB in the industry by a variety of independent benchmark tests.

About OIS
Objective Interface Systems (OIS) is the worldwide leader in high-performance, real-time and embedded communications middleware solutions. The company provides ORBexpress, a family of high-performance CORBA ORBs, and PCSexpress®, secure communications middleware development tools based on the Multiple Independent Levels of Safety/Security (MILS) architecture, to meet the high-performance requirements of military and aerospace, telecommunications, medical devices, data communications, industrial automation and process control, transportation, robotics and consumer electronics markets. For more information on ORBexpress and the OIS portfolio of products, 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: Visit Objective Interface at

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ORBexpress and PCSexpress are registered trademarks, and Objective Interface is a trademark, of Objective Interface Systems, Inc. HCLOS is a trademark of Ultra Electronics Tactical Communications Systems. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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