Spectrum Signal Processing Announces Signals Intelligence Design Win for flexComm Reconfigurable Processing Platform

10/18/2002 - Spectrum Signal Processing, a leading provider of high performance solutions for wireless signal and packet-voice processing, announced a major design win into a Western European Ministry of Defense Program. The initial product designed-in is Spectrumís PRO-3500, a G4 PowerPC® processing engine with two ePMC mezzanine sites for the addition of other reconfigurable processors, such as Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). The PRO-3500 is part of Spectrumís SDR-3000, a digital radio platform that enables software defined radio for signals intelligence and military communications programs. The PRO-3500 will perform baseband processing in a system to be used for signal monitoring and capture.

"Spectrum was designed into this program as a result of our long history of reliability, technical training, and support, all of which contribute significantly to shortening our customerís time-to-market," stated Sean Howe, VP, Marketing, and General Manager, for Spectrumís Wireless Systems Group. "The PRO-3500 was chosen in large part for the flexibility it offers in terms of reprogrammability and support for additional processing resources, if required. In addition, Spectrumís standard Application Programming Interface (API), quicComm, enables code re-use and portability, a key consideration for rapid development for future programs and upgrades."

The PRO-3500 is a CompactPCI®-based processing engine that functions as the baseband processing engine in Spectrumís SDR-3000 family of software defined radio subsystems. It contains two on-board Motorola G4 PowerPC processors and can support more G4s or FPGAs via its two ePMC sites. The on-board communications infrastructure provides the exceptionally high-speed inter-board and intra-board data throughput to match the processing capabilities of the PowerPC processors. The use of Spectrumís quicComm API allows code portability such that future development work can leverage the existing code base resulting in faster time-to-market. quicComm also enables a heterogeneous processing environment whereby a customer can use different processor types to solve different parts of the signal processing algorithm without having to understand all the underlying hardware. In this way, a customer is not limited to one processor type that may be sub-optimal at certain aspects of an algorithm, which often results in inefficient use of hardware and higher deployment costs.

This design win meets Spectrumís 2002 design win milestone criteria of US $3 million in projected revenue within two years of receipt of the first purchase order. Spectrum has already received an order worth US $450,000 towards this design win.

About Spectrum Signal Processing
Spectrum Signal Processing designs, develops and markets high performance wireless signal processing and Voice over Packet processing subsystems for use in communications infrastructure equipment. Spectrumís optimized hardware, software and chip technology work together to collect, compress and convert voice and data signals. Leveraging its 15 years of design expertise, Spectrum provides its customers with faster time to market and lower costs by delivering highly flexible, reliable and high-density solutions. Spectrum subsystems are targeted for use in media gateways and next-generation voice and data switches, satellite hubs, government communications systems and cellular base stations.

®CompactPCI is a registered trademark of PICMG. ®PowerPC is a registered trademark of IBM Corporation.

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