U.S. Department of Defense Selects Spectrum's flexComm for JTRS Test

8/12/2003 - Spectrum Signal Processing (USA) Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Spectrum Signal Processing Inc. of Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada (NASDAQ: SSPI / TSX: SSY), a leading provider of high performance solutions for wireless signal and packet-voice processing, announced that the corporation’s flexComm SDR-3000 family of software reconfigurable platforms has been selected for the U.S. Department of Defense Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Joint Program Office (JPO) as a representative JTR hardware set. The JTRS JPO’s test and certification element, the JTRS Technology Laboratory (JTeL), made the announcement. This selection confirms that the SDR-3000 architecture will be used by the U.S. Department of Defense for independent verification and validation of JTRS waveforms for the following purposes:

As a result of this selection, Spectrum will provide its flexComm SDR-3001 software defined radio (SDR) development platform to JTeL, part of the U.S. Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Command, along with software engineering services to support the porting and testing of the waveforms developed for JTRS by U.S. defense contractors.

“Spectrum’s initiative in developing this capable, SCA-compliant commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) SDR platform will significantly aid the Department of Defense in its mandate to provide portable waveforms to all of the Armed Services,” a U.S. Department of Defense official confirmed. “Spectrum’s understanding of the challenges faced in developing high performance, software reconfigurable signal processing platforms, as illustrated by its SDR-3000 product family, was a critical differentiator in the selection.”

“With no competitor selected, this endorsement by JTeL of our SDR platform as a representative test bed for SCA compliance and waveform testing represents the culmination of three years of designing, developing and bringing to market the most advanced COTS software reconfigurable signal processing platform,” said James P. Atkins, President of Spectrum Signal Processing (USA). “We look forward to supporting the JTRS JPO and JTeL in their testing and certification mandate.”

Pascal Spothelfer, President & CEO of Spectrum Signal Processing Inc. added, “This is an important win for our U.S. subsidiary and represents a major milestone for the corporation in that our technology strategy and implementation of software defined radio has been fully validated.”

The five JTRS Cluster contracts will result in a family of software programmable radios designed around the SCA to ensure interoperability and portability across disparate radio networks. Joint tactical radios will be multi-mode and multi-band allowing one radio to communicate with numerous other different radios and will allow over-the-air programming of those sets. The new radios will carry information in real-time to the warfighter in the field, whether it be ground-based, shipborne, or airborne. Once fully implemented, JTRS will enable the information superiority necessary for more effective military engagements.

The flexComm SDR-3001 SDR Development Platform is comprised of a heterogeneous processing platform incorporating XilinxTM FPGAs, PowerPCTM processors from Motorola, and Texas Instruments DSPs. The platform will also comprise an integrated radio frequency transceiver and analog I/O module. Software development tools include Spectrum’s quicCommTM Hardware Abstraction Layer to facilitate algorithm partitioning and programming, an SCA Core Framework (CF) for the set up and teardown of waveforms as mandated by the JTRS JPO for all military communications programs, Spectrum’s SCA Board Support Package that enables the SCA CF to identify and manage the platform resources, and a POSIX-compliant real-time operating system.

About JTeL
The JTRS Technology Laboratory is the testing and certification arm of the JTRS JPO, which provides JTeL tasking and direction. JTeL is tasked to:

For more information, visit http://jtrs.army.mil

About Spectrum Signal Processing Inc.
Spectrum Signal Processing designs, develops and markets high performance wireless signal processing and packet-voice processing platforms for use in defense and communications infrastructure equipment. Spectrum’s optimized hardware, software and chip technology work together to collect, compress and convert voice and data signals. Leveraging its 16 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 government intelligence, surveillance and communications systems, satellite hubs, cellular base stations, media gateways and next-generation voice and data switches. More information on Spectrum and its flexComm and aXsTM product lines is available at www.spectrumsignal.com.

flexComm and quicComm are trademarks of Spectrum Signal Processing Inc. Xilinx is a trademark of Xilinx Inc. PowerPC is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation.

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