Spectrum's SDR-3000 Powers Defense Platform for Signals Application

8/6/2004 - Spectrum Signal Processing (USA), Inc., a subsidiary of Spectrum Signal Processing, Inc. (NASDAQ: SSPI / TSX: SSY), announced that an agency of the US Department of Defense has selected Spectrum’s SDR-3000 as the development and deployment platform for a mobile signals intelligence application. Initial field trials are expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2004. Upon the conclusion of successful field trials, production shipments are expected to start in 2005. The total program value is estimated to be between $500,000 and $1,750,000.

“The key factors underlying our customer’s selection of an SDR-3000 based solution included our signals intelligence expertise, our leadership position in software reconfigurable solutions and our ability to perform rapid modifications to our standard product offering,” stated James P. Atkins, President of Spectrum Signal Processing (USA), Inc. “In short, we readily understood our customer’s requirements and quickly delivered a tailored solution.”

Mr. Atkins added, “This design-in is significant as it represents the first deployment of a light-weight, portable configuration of our SDR-3000 product in a compact 2U chassis. This allows Spectrum to serve additional applications in our targeted C4ISR markets.”

The SDR-3000 is comprised of a heterogeneous processing platform incorporating XilinxTM FPGAs, IBM and Motorola PowerPCTM processors, and Texas Instruments DSPs. The SDR-3000 platform can also include an integrated radio frequency transceiver and analog input/output modules. Software development tools include Spectrum’s quicCommTM hardware abstraction layer to facilitate algorithm partitioning and programming, a Software Communications Architecture or SCA Core Framework (CF) to enable the set up and teardown of waveforms as mandated by the Joint Tactical Radio System Joint Program Office for all US military communications programs, Spectrum’s SCA board support package that enables the SCA CF to identify and manage the platform resources, and a POSIX-compliant real-time operating system with the associated board support package.

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 COTS platforms to the US Government, its allies and its prime contractors. More information on Spectrum and its flexCommTM product line is available at www.spectrumsignal.com.

TM flexComm and quicComm are trademarks 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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