Canada Selects Spectrum for Advanced Satellite Communications Terminal

3/8/2004 - Spectrum Signal Processing Inc. (NASDAQ: SSPI / TSX: SSY), a leading provider of high performance wireless signal processing solutions, announced that the Government of Canada has awarded a CAN $3.2 million contract to a team of companies consisting of MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., QinetiQ Ltd, and Spectrum for the Advanced Satcom Terminal (AST) Technology Demonstration Project.

The purpose of this project is to develop, integrate and demonstrate a reconfigurable, multi-function satellite communications terminal that can replace several unique fixed-function terminals. By implementing Software Defined Radio (SDR) technologies and the Software Communications Architecture (SCA) developed by the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) program in the United States, one satellite terminal will be capable of supporting several satellite networks operating at different frequencies with different waveforms and protocols. The resultant benefits include less equipment in the field, more cost effective maintenance and support, and significant improvements in interoperability.

MacDonald Dettwiler, as the prime contractor, has overall system design and integration responsibility. QinetiQ, formerly an agency of the UK Ministry of Defence and now Europe’s largest science and technology organization, will provide the satellite communications waveforms. Spectrum’s flexCommTM SDR-3000 platform, complete with an SCA core framework, will function as the heart of the system, with deliveries expected to start as early as the second quarter of 2004 with completion in 2006.

“This project will make use of several of Spectrum’s key technologies, including our heterogeneous processing SDR platform with its high performance switch fabric, which enables the processing of extremely wideband signals typical of satellite communications. Furthermore, we will be leveraging our expertise in the SCA and extending it to high band satellite communications, a requirement for all future US military satellite communications programs,” stated Pascal Spothelfer, Spectrum’s President and CEO. “Satellite communications applications represent a significant market segment for Spectrum. This project provides us with an unique opportunity to demonstrate the possibilities offered by reconfigurable, interoperable satellite communications modems, thereby enhancing our technological leadership position in that area.”

“Spectrum's leadership in off-the-shelf SCA-enabled reconfigurable processing solutions made it our partner of choice to handle the very high bandwidth requirements for satellite communications,” said Lee Carson, Vice President Defence and Security Systems at MacDonald Dettwiler. “This project is the first of its kind and puts MacDonald Dettwiler and the other team members in a very strong position to win future projects using this type of technology, not just in Canada, but also in the US and internationally.”

Lyle Wagner, AST Project Manager at Defence Resarch and Development Canada, further explained that, “The purpose of this project is to expand the JTRS concept of interoperable tactical radios to a more challenging problem; high data rate Satcom terminals. This demonstration will not only validate technology for larger communications problems, but also demonstrate the potential for expanding into electronic warfare and software radar applications. DRDC is very pleased to make use of world leading technologies developed by Canadian companies and to be able to work with MacDonald Dettwiler, QinetiQ and Spectrum on this very important project.”

About Spectrum Signal Processing Inc.
Spectrum Signal Processing designs, develops and markets high performance wireless signal processing products for use in defense and commercial communications infrastructure applications. Spectrum’s optimized hardware, software and chip technology work together to collect, compress and convert voice and data signals. Founded in 1987, Spectrum provides its customers with faster time to market and lower costs via flexible, reliable and high-performance solutions. Spectrum platforms are targeted for use in government intelligence, surveillance and communications systems, satellite hubs and cellular base stations. More information on Spectrum and its flexCommTM product line is available at

TMflexComm is a trademark of Spectrum Signal Processing Inc.

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