Spectrum Signal Processing Inc.

Spectrum Signal Processing Inc.

March 23, 2006 12:55 ET

Spectrum Signal Processing Contracted by Harris Corporation to Support the U.S. Navy's Advanced Deployable System Program

COLUMBIA, MARYLAND--(CCNMatthews - March 23, 2006) - Spectrum Signal Processing Inc. (TSX:SSY)(NASDAQ:SSPI) -

flexComm™ HCDR-1000 and SDR-4000 Products to Provide Field Trial Platforms for Future US Navy Littoral Surveillance Systems

Spectrum Signal Processing (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of Spectrum Signal Processing Inc., today announced that the Government Communications Systems Division of Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has awarded Spectrum a $1.5 million contract for equipment and services to be deployed in the field trials of the U.S. Navy's Advanced Deployable System (ADS). Spectrum will supply signal processing products and services for use in both ship borne and buoy components of the ADS. Field trials are scheduled to begin in late 2007.

The U.S. Navy's ADS is a rapidly deployable submarine surveillance system designed for the world's littorals, or coastal areas. The system will provide continuous acoustic coverage over vast ocean areas over extended periods and will be capable of detecting quiet nuclear submarines, diesel-electric submarines on the battery, ships exiting or entering port and mine-laying operations. The system will consist of a series of passive, bottom-fixed, battery-powered hydrophones connected to an anchored buoy and linked to a processing station aboard the Navy's new Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). Spectrum's products will be deployed in both ship borne and buoy borne radio equipment.

The ship borne radio platform will use Spectrum's HCDR-1000 (High Channel Density Receiver) VME-based platform and will be responsible for interacting with multiple communications buoys and passing field data back to a central data processing station. Following successful field trials, the ship borne platforms are planned for deployment on approximately 80 U.S. Navy vessels.

The buoy radio platform will use Spectrum's SDR-4000 platform, part of the company's newly introduced rugged 3U CompactPCI® software defined radio product line. The buoy will transmit sonar data obtained from cabled hydrophones on the ocean floor to the ship borne platform. Following successful field trials, multiple buoy systems are planned for field deployment.

"Spectrum's modular, re-usable and reconfigurable architecture allows Harris to reduce development costs by applying similar technologies to very diverse components of the Advanced Deployable System program," said Ken Schumacher, Senior Program Manager, Harris Corporation Government Communications Systems Division. "Spectrum's low power, rugged, small form factor products provide the right processing solution needed for this unique surveillance application."

"Our commercial off-the-shelf platforms provide defense primes and their subcontractors with proven technology upon which they can immediately commence prototyping and field trials," said Michael P. Farley, President of Spectrum USA. "With this contract, Spectrum has established a promising relationship with a leading supplier of military communications equipment to the U.S. Department of Defense."

Spectrum's HCDR-1000 and SDR-4000 are heterogeneous processing platforms that incorporate field programmable gate arrays from Xilinx® and PowerPC® processors from Freescale™ and IBM. RapidIO™ provides a high bandwidth interconnect fabric between the processors, as well as the input/output functionality to the processors, to ensure efficient use of the processing resources. Software development tools include Spectrum's quicComm™ hardware abstraction layer to facilitate algorithm partitioning and programming, and a real-time operating system. For more information on these products, please visit www.spectrumsignal.com/products.


Harris Corporation is an international communications technology company focused on providing assured communications™ products, systems and services for government and commercial customers. The company's four operating divisions serve markets for government communications, tactical radio, broadcast, and microwave systems. Harris provides systems and service to customers in more than 150 countries. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.

Harris Government Communications Systems Division conducts advanced research studies, develops prototypes, and produces and supports state-of-the-art, assured communications™ solutions and information systems that solve the mission-critical challenges of its military and government customers, while serving as the technology base for the company's diverse commercial businesses.


Spectrum Signal Processing Inc. (TSX:SSY)(NASDAQ:SSPI) 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 Signal Processing (USA) Inc., based in Columbia, MD, provides application 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.


This news release contains forward-looking statements related to sales of the Spectrum Signal Processing Inc. flexComm product line. Although Spectrum has received orders for shipping flexComm product, development delays and customer issues could delay shipments. These statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including the timely development and acceptance of Spectrum's new products, the impact of competitive products and pricing, availability of components, changing market conditions and the other risks detailed from time to time in other company filings. Actual results may differ materially from those projected. These forward-looking statements represent the company's judgment as of the date of this release and Spectrum may or may not update these forward-looking statements in the future. Readers are referred to Spectrum's assumptions and risk factors set out in the most current Form 20-F filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the British Columbia Securities Commission.

flexComm and quicComm are trademarks of Spectrum Signal Processing Inc. CompactPCI is a registered trademark of the PCI™ Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group. PCI is a trademark of the Peripheral Component Interconnect - Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG). Xilinx is a registered trademark of Xilinx, Inc. PowerPC is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation. Freescale is a trademark of the Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. RapidIO is a trademark of the RapidIO Trade Association. Assured communications is a trademark of the Harris Corporation.

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