Spectrum Signal Processing by Vecima

Spectrum Signal Processing by Vecima

November 17, 2008 07:00 ET

Soldier Radio Waveform Electronic Warfare Physical Layer Implemented on to Spectrum's SDR-4000 Software Reconfigurable Platform

A Third Joint Tactical Radio System Waveform Ported to Spectrum's Off-the-Shelf Transceiver

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 17, 2008) - Spectrum Signal Processing by Vecima (TSX:VCM) ("Spectrum"), a provider of software reconfigurable radio technology, today announced that the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) Electronic Warfare (EW) physical layer has been implemented on Spectrum's flexComm™ SDR-4000 software reconfigurable transceiver. SRW is a tactical military communications (MILCOM) waveform designed to network radios on the battlefield. SRW is the third waveform in the JTRS program to be ported to the SDR-4000. This clearly establishes that the SDR-4000 is capable of supporting some of the most advanced and demanding waveforms required by the US military.

Other military waveforms supported include: the Wideband Networking Waveform Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (WNW OFDM) and Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) waveforms. All three waveform ports have been completed by L-3 Communications Nova Engineering ("Nova"), leaders in waveform development. Having a choice of existing off-the-shelf waveform capabilities significantly reduces technical and schedule risk for multi-waveform programs, while immediately allowing end users to benefit from powerful reconfigurable radios.

"Spectrum's SDR-4000 supports WNW OFDM, SINCGARS, and now SRW EW, three very demanding waveforms that are important to the JTRS vision for versatile next-generation communications for the armed forces," said Mark Briggs, VP Marketing at Spectrum. "Radio and waveform developers have an extremely cost effective, commercial-off-the-shelf option in the SDR-4000 that is robust and capable of handling complex waveforms. Furthermore, when they are ready to deploy, Spectrum will optimize the final configuration to meet specific size, weight, power and cost targets. Ultimately, it's about advancing technology to deliver additional advanced capabilities to the soldiers in the battlefield."

The SRW EW PHY is targeted for sensor and handheld applications and provides robust communications in environments subjected to interference or jamming. It has a bandwidth of 1.2 MHz and provides throughputs up to 225 kbps.

Spectrum and L-3 Nova will be demonstrating SRW running over the SDR-4000 system in Booth 939 during the MILCOM 2008 tradeshow happening November 17-19, 2008 in San Diego, CA. For more information, please contact info@spectrumsignal.com.

About the SDR-4000

The SDR-4000 rugged wireless modem is packaged in a small 3U CompactPCI® form-factor that is conduction-cooled. The modem architecture consists of software reconfigurable processor technology combined into an integrated package that is size, weight and power optimized for deployment in harsh environments and where power is limited.

For more information on the SDR-4000, please visit www.spectrumsignal.com/products.

About Soldier Radio Waveform

A waveform is the entire set of radio and/or communications functions that occur from the user input to the radio frequency output and vice versa. JTRS waveform implementation consists of a Waveform Application Code, Radio Set Devices and Radio System Applications.

The SRW is a tactical MILCOM waveform designed to provide a mobile ad-hoc networking capability for land combat operations. This waveform will support voice, video, and data communications in the immediate area of operations and will be able to interface with the Wideband Networking Waveform (WNW) for long-haul operations. SRW is checked into the JTRS Information Repository and available to those who have been granted access.


Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications employs over 63,000 people worldwide and is a prime system contractor in aircraft modernization and maintenance, C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems and government services. L-3 is also a leading provider of high technology products, systems and subsystems. The company reported 2006 sales of $12.5 billion.

To learn more about L-3, please visit the company's web site at www.L-3Com.com.


Spectrum Signal Processing is part of Vecima Networks Inc. Within the Vecima umbrella, Spectrum's primary focus is to deliver leading edge software defined radios and radio products to both commercial and military customers. Spectrum's products and services are optimized for satellite communications applications, as well as military communications, signals intelligence, surveillance, and electronic warfare. Key customers include commercial satellite communications providers as well as the US Government, its allies and its prime contractors. For more information on Spectrum and its flexComm product line, please visit www.spectrumsignal.com.

Vecima (TSX:VCM) is a leading designer and manufacturer of products that enable broadband access to cable, wireless and telephony networks. Vecima's products and solutions allow service providers to rapidly and cost-effectively bridge the network segment that connects the system core network directly to end users by overcoming the bottleneck resulting from insufficient carrying capacity in legacy infrastructures. Vecima is focused on providing leading edge technology to a number of markets, including SDR technology in commercial applications, DOCISIS 3.0 modules and systems like HyperQAM to existing and new customers, deep digital decoding through products such as CableVista to support the ongoing shift towards All Digital Cable Networks, and WiMax products to provide connectivity to end users in underserved markets worldwide. For more information on Vecima, please visit www.vecima.com.


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