Spectrum Debuts Integrated SCA-Enabled Rapid-Prototyping MILCOM Platform

11/2/2004 - Spectrum Signal Processing Inc. (NASDAQ: SSPI / TSX: SSY) announced the availability of the flexCommTM SDR-3000 MRDP, a MILCOM Rapid-Prototyping Development Platform. This is the industry's first "RF to Ethernet" commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solution specifically targeting military communications programs. This Software Communications Architecture (SCA) enabled platform integrates Spectrum's SDR-3000 with a DRT-2110 radio frequency (RF) front-end transceiver from Digital Receiver Technology, Inc. (DRT) based in Germantown, Maryland.

The SDR-3000 MRDP provides a turnkey black-side processing system for Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) and other MILCOM developers. This system includes sample application software supporting frequency agile operation, making the SDR-3000 MRDP ideal for rapid prototyping and both wide and narrowband waveform development. The platform, which is available today, is expected to significantly reduce developers' risk and time-to-deployment. Additional benefits and features of this platform can be found at: http://www.spectrumsignal.com/products/sdr/sdr_3000.asp.

"Using a turnkey system such as the SDR-3000 MRDP is expected to save our customers months of integration effort, even if they are already familiar with the individual components," stated Mark Briggs, Spectrum's Director of Marketing. "This platform, when combined with the training, support and example applications with source code that Spectrum provides, may be the critical difference between a MILCOM development team hitting or missing their project milestones."

"We're excited to work with Spectrum to create this platform," said Frank Hannold, Manager of Applications Engineering at DRT. "Combining our compact, frequency agile RF transceiver with Spectrum's subsystem running an SCA core framework provides a scalable solution that should appeal to JTRS waveform developers and others doing multi-channel MILCOM applications."

Governments worldwide are adopting the SCA, which was developed under the auspices of the JTRS Joint Program Office. The SCA provides a core framework to enhance portability of military waveforms across disparate radio architectures. Joint tactical radios will be multi-mode and multi-band allowing one radio to communicate with diverse radio networks, typical of coalition forces, and allows over-the-air reprogramming of those radio sets to enable the information superiority necessary for more effective military engagements.

The SDR-3000 MRDP system is comprised of Spectrum's SDR-3000 Software Defined Radio processing and analog-to-digital converter/digital-to-analog converter boards (PRO-3100, PRO-3500, ePMC-8311 and TM1-3300) in a four slot 2U CompactPCI® chassis. These components are integrated with the DRT-2110 RF transceiver subsystem consisting of four cards (RFT2, TEX, REF2 and CTRL12 single-board computer) in a 21-slot 3U CompactPCI chassis. The system includes all software application libraries, including digital down-conversion and digital up-conversion FPGA cores, operating systems and an SCA Core Framework. A working software dataflow example demonstrating a Frequency Shift Keying (FSK) modulation and demodulation application is also provided, presenting a starting point for customers' design efforts. The system is flexible, scalable and can be customized as required.

Spectrum Signal Processing Inc. (NASDAQ: SSPI / TSX: SSY) is a leading supplier of software defined 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 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.
® CompactPCI is a registered trademark of PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturing Group

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