Zeligsoft was founded by Dr. Francis Bordeleau, November 7th, 2002. At the time Dr. Bordeleau was an assistant professor at Carleton University's School of Computer Science where he was researching and teaching software engineering, component-based software engineering, and model-driven development. Dr. Bordeleau was also consulting with a number of Canadian and US companies and institutions, including Mercury Computer Systems, CML Versatel and Communications Research Centre Canada. Dr. Bordeleau helped these organizations with their embedded software development, especially with component-based modeling of their systems.

In 2003 Zeligsoft received seed financing from Innovatech Quebec and began development of Waveform Builder. Waveform Builder would later become Zeligsoft CE, Zeligsoft's flagship embedded software development environment for component-based systems. At that time many US defense contractors were seeking awards for, and beginning work on, the US DoD's Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS), a family of interoperable Software Defined Radios (SDRs) to become the next generation of radios for use in the US military's field operations. To ensure interoperability between radios, it was determined that all JTRS radios would use the Software Communications Architecture (SCA), an open architecture, component-based framework.

Products and customers

In June 2004, Zeligsoft released Waveform Builder 1.0 to its first customer, Boeing, the lead defense contractor for JTRS Cluster 1. Zeligsoft worked closely with Boeing and JTRS Cluster 1 sub-primes (such as Rockwell Collins) to meet their requirements: tools to enable them to build component-based software radios conforming to the SCA's design, deployment and configuration specifications. In Late 2004, Zeligsoft received additional seed financing from Innovatech Quebec and Fonds régionaux de solidarité FTQ.

Zeligsoft continued to sell its Zeligsoft CE™ development environment to JTRS projects including JTRS Ground Mobile Radio (GMR), JTRS Handheld, Manpack and Small Form-fit (HMS), JTRS Enhanced Multi-Band, Inter/Intra Team Radio (JEM), Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T), Navy Multi-band Terminal (NMT), Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) and Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The large defense contractors supplying these programs include BAE, Boeing, General Dynamics, Harris, L-3 Communications, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Rockwell Collins and Thales. In 2005 Zeligsoft introduced Universal Code Generator, a state-of-the-art solution automating the production of SCA-structure code.

With the release of our next generation tool, Zeligsoft CX, in January 2009 Zeligsoft is now providing embedded system development teams with domain-specific Model-Based Software Engineering tools that uniquely meet the needs of their applications.

Strong partnerships

Through 2005 and 2006, Zeligsoft teamed up with the industry's best-in-class software and platform providers — including Harris Corporation, Spectrum Signal Processing, Mercury Computer Systems, Objective Interface Systems, Wind River, Green Hills Software, Telelogic and The MathWorks — to create tightly integrated solutions and a single point of support for SDR/SCA developers who were crying out for pre-integrated solutions to de-risk and accelerate their projects. With its industrial-grade performance, value-added integrations, and widespread adoption, Zeligsoft CE was the de facto standard for SDR/SCA development with ubiquitous status in North America and beyond.

In 2009, Zeligsoft partnered with PrismTech to develop, market, and sell Spectra CX the 3rd-generation tool specific to SDR/SCA development. This is the first of Zeligsoft's partnerships with domain experts who will leverage the extensibility of our CX technology to serve specialized markets.


Corporate milestones include the introduction of Zeligsoft CE 1.4 in April 2004, Zeligsoft Code Generator in July 2005, Zeligsoft CE 2.0 in August 2005, SDR Development Suite in November 2005, SCA Test in June 2006.

In April 2007, Zeligsoft demonstrated CE 3.0, allowing Zeligsoft to move beyond its traditional SDR/SCA market segment to target developers of embedded software for multicore and multiprocessor platforms in the telecommunications, military and aerospace sectors.

In January 2009, Zeligsoft released its next generation tool, Zeligsoft CX. CX provides embedded software development teams with a domain-specific model-driven development capability.

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