Advanced CounterMeasure Selects Spectrum’s Reconfigurable Software

9/30/2003 - Spectrum Signal Processing Inc. (NASDAQ: SSPI / TSX: SSY), a leading provider of high performance solutions for wireless signal and packet-voice processing, announced that it will be providing software reconfigurable signal processing platforms to Advanced CounterMeasure Systems (ACM Systems), a subsidiary of Sierra Nevada Corporation. The platforms, based on Spectrum’s HCDR-1001 family of software reconfigurable platforms, will be used for high-speed signal processing.

“ACM Systems requires a high performance Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) based signal processing platform,” stated Tim Black, President and COO at ACM Systems. “Spectrum’s HCDR platform provides an ideal technical solution on the basis of flexibility, scalability and processing power. In addition, Spectrum’s technical integration support has allowed us to start development faster and will also help to ease our development effort.”

“Spectrum is pleased to support ACM’s efforts in high-speed signal processing. Our software reconfigurable platforms have again demonstrated the incredible versatility that sets them apart from the competition,” said Sean Howe, Vice President and General Manager of Spectrum’s Wireless Systems Group. “The flexibility of our technology, as well as our customer-centric business practices, are proving to be a very desirable combination for defense contractors in the C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) community.”

The flexComm HCDR-1001 configuration for ACM Systems is VME-based and uses high performance FPGAs from Xilinx® and PowerPC® processors from Motorola, Inc. for high bandwidth signal processing. A dual Race++TM interface and Spectrum’s Solano®-based communications fabric are used to enable high-speed communications between the boards and processors. Spectrum’s Race++-to-Solano bridge provides superior bandwidth over conventional Race++ bridging architectures.

About ACM Systems
ACM Systems, a subsidiary of Sierra Nevada Corporation (, specializes in designing, manufacturing and fielding custom hardware and software solutions for the U.S. Department of Defense and prime contractors in support of specific requirements. ACM has two major areas of custom hardware and software development: test and training range instrumentation and electronic warfare. For more information, visit

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 17 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

TMflexComm and aXs are trademarks of Spectrum Signal Processing, Inc.
®Solano is a trademark of Spectrum Signal Processing Inc.
®Xilinx is a trademark of Xilinx Inc.
®PowerPC is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation.
TMRace++ is a trademark of Mercury Computer Systems Inc.

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