Spectrum Signal Processing by Vecima

Spectrum Signal Processing by Vecima

October 24, 2007 09:30 ET

Spectrum Offers a MIL-STD-188-181B Compliant Ultra High Frequency Satellite Communications Waveform Implementation on the SDR-4000 Modem

UHF SATCOM physical layer waveform integrated on an off-the-shelf deployable modem reduces time to deployment for international radio system developers

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 24, 2007) - Spectrum Signal Processing by Vecima ("Spectrum"), a leading provider of software defined radio (SDR) technology, today announced that the Ultra High Frequency Satellite Communications (UHF SATCOM) waveform physical layer (PHY) is now available on the flexComm™ SDR-4000 rugged wireless modem. The UHF SATCOM waveform provides military users with a beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) tactical data and voice communications capability that is compliant with the U.S. Department of Defense's MIL-STD-188-181B Military Standard.

The Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC) developed the UHF SATCOM PHY for use on the rugged SDR-4000 modem. The CRC implementation operates using narrowband (5 KHz) and/or wideband (25 KHz) channels and efficiently uses power and maximizes the range of communications through constant envelope modulation technology. The integrated solution supports independent transmit and receive links allowing full-duplex operation.

"Integrating CRC's implementation of the UHF SATCOM waveform with Spectrum's wireless modem is one example of how CRC is able to transfer technology to Canadian industry and the international community," said Veena Rawat, President, Communications Research Centre Canada. "The ultimate goal of such technology transfers is to drive the development and commercial availability of communications systems that support Canada's current and future military needs."

"Spectrum continues to partner with trusted industry and government leaders such as CRC to deliver value added solutions to our customers," said Mark Briggs, VP of Marketing at Spectrum. "By integrating the modem hardware, software and firmware with the waveform physical layer, program managers can focus their engineering resources on designing higher-level functionality. Offering this powerful solution as an integrated commercial-off-the-shelf package greatly reduces technology and schedule risks, and will ultimately reduce our customers time to deployment and development costs."

The SDR-4000 rugged wireless modem is packaged as a 3U CompactPCI® module 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. The modem also comes with Spectrum's quicComm™ hardware abstraction layer that facilitates algorithm partitioning and programming, and supports an optional Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Software Communications Architecture (SCA) Core Framework implementation, also provided by CRC, for those radio programs requiring SCA compliance.

The SDR-4000 modem with UHF SATCOM PHY implementation is available for order immediately. The UHF SATCOM PHY implementation is supplied under a simple licensing model. Waveform customizations are available upon request.

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. 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.


CRC is the Canadian government's primary laboratory for research and development (R&D) in advanced telecommunications. R&D is used for public policy purposes and to strengthen the Canadian economy through technology and knowledge transfer. Under its four research branches (Terrestrial Wireless, Satellite Communications and Radio Propagation Research, Broadband Network Technologies and Broadcast Technology), CRC specializes in taking an interdisciplinary approach to longer-term R&D in wireless systems, radio fundamentals, communication networks, photonics and interactive multimedia. More information about CRC is available at www.crc.ca.


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