Spectrum Signal Processing by Vecima

Spectrum Signal Processing by Vecima

November 05, 2007 09:35 ET

Spectrum Introduces SDR-4000 SWM "IF-to-Ethernet" Wireless Modem for Broadband Satellite Communications

Complex broadband SATCOM waveforms supported with time critical functionality

DENVER, COLORADO--(Marketwire - Nov. 5, 2007) - Spectrum Signal Processing by Vecima ("Spectrum") (TSX:VCM), a provider of software defined radio (SDR) technology, today announced at the SDR Forum Technical Conference and Product Expo the availability of the flexComm™ SDR-4000 SWM Satellite communications (SATCOM) Wireless Modem (SWM). The SDR-4000 SWM supports black-side "IF-to-Ethernet" digitization and processing of complex waveforms and provides modem, link and network layer processing functionality for a network-centric IP-based SATCOM system. The SDR-4000 SWM has been architected to support the latest in SATCOM waveforms including Digital Video Broadcast (DVB/DVB-S2, DVB-RCS), INMARSAT BGAN and the Multi-User Objective System (MUOS) as well as traditional legacy satellite waveforms such as the Intelsat Business Services (IBS) waveform following Intelsat Earth Station Standards 309 and 315 (IESS-309, 315).

"The SDR-4000 SWM supports up to 100 MHz of analog IF bandwidth and has sufficient FPGA and DSP resources to accommodate today's most processing intensive satellite air interface standards," said Mark Briggs, VP Marketing at Spectrum. "The small form-factor and use of industry-standard interfaces allows for a highly scalable solution that can satisfy a wide range of SATCOM needs, from rack-based satellite gateway systems to rugged mobile terminal solutions. When coupled with Spectrum's expertise in both ruggedization and life cycle management, the SDR-4000 SWM is an ideal development and deployment platform for government advanced satellite communications programs."

The SDR-4000 SWM supports two analog input channels and one analog output channel supporting industry standard 70 and 140 MHz IF. External interfaces include Gigabit Ethernet, RS232 and JTAG and a high-speed sample clock input. The SDR-4000 SWM employs a combination of two Xilinx® Virtex™-4 field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), a Texas Instrument TMS320C6416T digital signal processor (DSP) and a Freescale™ MPC8541E general purpose processor to provide the processing resources required to support the target waveforms. The modem is 3U CompactPCI® in size and is available in air-cooled configuration. Through Spectrum's modified commercial off-the-shelf (MCOTS) program, Spectrum can work with the customer to tailor the SDR-4000 SWM to meet program specific digital and analog I/O, mechanical, processing and environmental requirements.

The SDR-4000 SWM supports both the Green Hills® INTEGRITY® real-time operating system (RTOS) and the Wind River® VxWorks® RTOS. Both of these operating systems are designed for use in embedded systems that require maximum reliability and predictable response times. The SDR-4000 SWM is delivered with Spectrum's quicComm™ hardware abstraction layer and software library. Optional support of the Software Communications Architecture (SCA) Core Framework and SCA Development tools is also available.

The SDR-4000 SWM is available for order immediately. For more information, please visit www.spectrumsignal.com/products.


Spectrum Signal Processing 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 also 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 flexComm product line, please visit www.spectrumsignal.com. Spectrum is part of Vecima Networks Inc.

Vecima Networks Inc. ("Vecima") (TSX:VCM) designs, manufactures and sells products that enable broadband access to cable, wireless and telephony networks. Vecima's hardware products incorporate original embedded software to meet the complex requirements of next-generation, high-speed digital networks. Service providers use Vecima's solutions to deliver services to a converging worldwide broadband market, including what are commonly known as "triple play" (voice, video and data) and "quadruple play" (voice, video, data and wireless) services. Vecima's solutions allow service providers to rapidly and cost-effectively bridge the final network segment that connects the system directly to end users, commonly referred to as "the last mile", by overcoming the bottleneck resulting from insufficient carrying capacity in legacy, last mile infrastructures. Vecima's products are directed at three principal markets: Data over Cable, Broadband Wireless and Digital Video. The Company has also developed and continues to focus on developing products to address emerging markets such as Voice over Internet Protocol, fiber to the home and IP video. For more information on Vecima, please visit www.vecimanetworks.com.


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flexComm and quicComm are trademarks of Vecima Networks Inc. Xilinx is a registered trademark and Virtex is a trademark of Xilinx Inc. Freescale is a trademark of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. CompactPCI is a registered trademark of the PCI™ Industrial Computer Manufacturer's Group. PCI is a trademark of the Peripheral Component Interconnect - Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG). Green Hills and INTEGRITY are trademarks or registered trademarks of Green Hills Software, Inc. Wind River and VxWorks are registered trademarks of Wind River Systems, Inc. Other product and company names mentioned may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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