Spectrum's flexComm HCDR-1000 Powers SPAWAR UHF Satellite Communications

10/8/2004 - Spectrum Signal Processing (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of Spectrum Signal Processing Inc. (NASDAQ: SSPI / TSX: SSY), announced that the US Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) has selected Spectrum's flexCommTM HCDR-1000 platform for the development of an Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Characterization System. The system will be used to analyze interference patterns thereby enabling the development of interference mitigation techniques for improved satellite communications.

Satellite voice and data communications are commonly plagued with interference of indeterminate source and nature. SPAWAR is developing a UHF Characterization Platform that will be used to analyze the entire band of UHF satellite communications channels with the objective of creating statistical models of the interference patterns. These statistical models will then be used to pinpoint the source and characteristics of the interference such that interference mitigation techniques can be employed to improve satellite communications.

"Spectrum provided a complete front-end processing platform for our application, from radio frequency (RF) to base-band processing. This platform employs innovative technology including FPGA (field programmable gate array) cores instead of traditional down-converters which results in a significant increase in channel density per slot," said Gerry Baumgartner, Program Manager at SPAWAR. "Spectrum was also able to meet an aggressive timeframe which will allow us to meet our program schedule and cost objectives."

"SPAWAR's selection of Spectrum's HCDR-1000 is a validation of both our application engineering services capabilities and our flexible product offering," said James P. Atkins, President of Spectrum Signal Processing (USA) Inc. "Our applications engineering services team provides signal processing systems engineering expertise and the ability to rapidly integrate third party products such as RF front ends."

The HCDR-1000 is a flexible heterogeneous processing platform that incorporates XilinxTM field programmable gate arrays, IBM and Motorola PowerPCTM processors and Texas Instruments digital signal processors. The HCDR-1000 also integrates a front-end radio frequency receiver from Eclipse Electronic Systems, Inc. http://eclipse.sigint.com/

Headquartered in San Diego, CA, SPAWAR is the US Navy's Chief Engineer for command, control, communications, computer, intelligence and surveillance (C4IS) systems. SPAWAR's mission is to provide war fighters with knowledge superiority by developing, delivering, and maintaining effective, capable and integrated C4IS systems. More information on SPAWAR is available at http://enterprise.spawar.navy.mil/.

Spectrum Signal Processing Inc. (NASDAQ: SSPI / TSX: SSY) is a leading supplier of software reconfigurable platforms for defense electronics applications. Spectrum's products and services are optimized for military communications, signals intelligence, surveillance, electronic warfare and satellite communications applications. Spectrum's integrated, application-ready products provide its customers with compelling time-to-market and performance advantages while mitigating program risk and cost parameters. Spectrum Signal Processing (USA) Inc., based in Columbia, MD, provides applications engineering services and modified commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) platforms to the US Government, its allies and its prime contractors. More information on Spectrum and its flexComm product line is available at www.spectrumsignal.com.

TM flexComm is a trademark of Spectrum Signal Processing Inc.
TM Xilinx is a trademark of Xilinx Inc.
TM PowerPC is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation.

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