ORNL Demonstrates Multi-Standard RFID Readers with Spectrum's flexComm

7/14/2004 - Spectrum Signal Processing Inc. (NASDAQ: SSPI / TSX: SSY), a leading provider of software defined radio (SDR) platforms, announced that Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), a multi-program science and technology laboratory, will use Spectrum's flexCommTM SDR-3000 platform to demonstrate multi-standard Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) readers.

"It was important for us to find a platform that was endorsed by the U.S. Department of Defense Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Joint Program Office (JPO)," said Mr. Don Vinson, a Program Manager with ORNL's National Security Directorate. "There is tremendous potential for SDR technology. ORNL selected the SDR-3000 because the platform is flexible enough to support the diverse range of communications applications that are of interest to us."

"We are proud to be selected by ORNL for their communications research activities. ORNL has purchased an Internal Research and Development (IRAD) package that Spectrum and its partners offer to those customers who are researching the potential of SDR technology and how it can solve challenges in reconfigurable communications applications," says Mark Briggs, Director of Marketing for Spectrum. "The SDR-3000 IRAD package combines hardware and software development tools to help customers such as ORNL reduce their development time and risk," he added.

The flexComm SDR-3000 configuration for ORNL employs heterogeneous processing, consisting of high performance field programmable gate arrays from XilinxTM, and PowerPCTM processors from both Motorola and IBM. The platforms are delivered pre-configured with Wind River's VxWorksTM operating system and Harris's Software Communications Architecture (SCA) core framework. The necessary development tools and licenses are pre-loaded onto the platform, allowing development engineers to immediately commence application development.

About Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a multi-program science and technology laboratory managed for the U.S. Department of Energy by UT-Battelle LLC. Scientists and engineers at ORNL conduct basic and applied research and development to create scientific knowledge and technological solutions that strengthen the nation's leadership in key areas of science; increase the availability of clean, abundant energy; restore and protect the environment; and contribute to national security. More information on ORNL may be found at www.ornl.gov

About Spectrum Signal Processing Inc.
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, Maryland provides applications engineering services and modified COTS platforms to the U.S. 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.
TM VxWorks is a trademark of Wind River Systems Inc.

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