Spectrum Signal Processing by Vecima

Spectrum Signal Processing by Vecima

November 05, 2007 09:30 ET

Spectrum Ships New FPGA Processor Module Offering Higher Performance Processing with Deep Memory for Signals Intelligence Applications

Supports implementation of multi-channel, multi-mode receivers for both narrowband and wideband air-interfaces for Signals Intelligence and Electronic Warfare applications

DENVER, COLORADO--(Marketwire - Nov. 5, 2007) - Spectrum Signal Processing by Vecima ("Spectrum") (TSX:VCM), a leading provider of software defined radio (SDR) technology, today announced at the SDR Forum Technical Conference and Product Expo the availability of the flexComm™ XMC-8131 reconfigurable parallel processing engine. The XMC-8131 provides high performance processing that supports the implementation of multi-channel, multi-mode receivers for both narrowband and wideband air-interfaces.

The XMC-8131 is Spectrum's next-generation processing module that utilizes a single user-programmable Xilinx® Virtex-4™ FPGA that provides up to 152,064 available logic cells. The module offers two banks of 256 MB DDR2 SDRAM totaling 512 MB, ideal for signals intelligence (SIGINT) applications that require a large memory buffer. In addition to the increased processing capability, the use of the Virtex-4 component reduces the power consumption and price of the module over the previous generation product.

"Spectrum continues to invest in the SDR flexComm product line to support the SIGINT and Electronic Warfare (EW) markets," said Mark Briggs, VP of Marketing at Spectrum. "Spectrum has architected its solutions to provide our customers with smooth technology insertion plans that reduced risk, reduced cost and reduced effort."

The XMC-8131 can be used as a front-end signal processing engine, or a general-purpose fixed-point or floating-point co-processor. The XMC-8131 uses a standard Spectrum daughter card to provide a modular I/O front-panel interface supporting access in a variety of formats including:

- 4 IF input Low Voltage Differential Signaling (LVDS),

- 4 IF output LVDS,

- 2 IF in / 2 IF out LVDS, and

- Low Voltage Transistor-Transistor Logic (TTL).

The XMC-8131 incorporates a second Virtex-4 FPGA to offload the communications functions to the carrier board from the user parts. This high-speed communications can be done via four low power Solano® Communication IC compatible links or a dual Parallel RapidIO™ industry standard VITA 42.1 connection. The XMC standard is fully compatible with IEEE P1386.1 PMC standard.

The XMC-8131 has already begun shipping and 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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