Techno-Sciences Selects Spectrum for Satellite Communications Subsystem

12/2/2004 - Spectrum Signal Processing (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of Spectrum Signal Processing Inc., announced that Techno-Sciences, Inc. (TSi) has contracted Spectrum to supply an integrated satellite communications subsystem for a satellite-based search and rescue application. The subsystem will form part of a Distress Alerting Satellite System (DASS) Developmental Local User Terminal (DLUT) being developed under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center.

The DLUT system will utilize orbiting operational global positioning satellites to provide real time global distress detection and location information on a worldwide basis. This system is expected to virtually eliminate terrain blockage thereby enabling more accurate locating capabilities and faster response times in critical situations. The system will also have the potential to provide two-way, non-vocal digital messaging to inform the sender that the beacon alert message has been received. The initial phase of development of the DLUT is scheduled to be complete by early 2005. Subsequent phases are anticipated in 2005 and 2006 in order to refine the system to NASA's specific requirements. TSi plans to begin commercializing the system in late 2005.

"We selected Spectrum based on its robust commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) product offering and its demonstrated understanding of satellite communications systems," said Dr. Gilmer Blankenship, Chairman of TSi. "TSi expects to employ Spectrum products in both its current and next generation commercial search and rescue satellite systems."

"Spectrum continues to be a recognized leader in the market for satellite communications signal processing platforms," said James P. Atkins, President of Spectrum Signal Processing (USA) Inc., "TSi selected Spectrum based on our ability to augment our COTS product offering with flexible application engineering and system integration services."

Spectrum's integrated satellite communications subsystem incorporates the company's next generation XMC-3310 module. The RapidIOTM based XMC-3310 module incorporates multiple Xilinx® Virtex-II ProTM field programmable gate arrays and Analog Devices' analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters.

Techno-Sciences, Inc. (TSi) is an employee-owned, technology company located near Washington, DC. TSi develops customized products and solutions for signal processing, health monitoring and control. TSi adds value through alliances with major industrial firms, superior customer service and a global presence. TSi operates three business units: Search and Rescue (SARSAT), Defense Systems and Systems Engineering.

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, Maryland, provides applications engineering services and modified commercial-off-the-shelf platforms to the US Government, its allies and its prime contractors. For more information on Spectrum and its flexCommTM product line, please visit

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TM Virtex-II Pro is a trademark of Xilinx Inc.
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