Spectrum Signal Processing by Vecima

Spectrum Signal Processing by Vecima

October 23, 2007 09:30 ET

Spectrum Signal Processing Expands Software Radio Offering with Military and Satellite Communications Waveform Physical Layer Software

Spectrum to offer highly optimized air interface protocol stacks pre-integrated with its portfolio of software reconfigurable wireless solutions

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 23, 2007) - Spectrum Signal Processing by Vecima ("Spectrum"), a leading provider of software defined radio (SDR) technology, today announced its intent to offer physical layer implementations of military communications (MILCOM) and satellite communications (SATCOM) waveforms, including key U.S. Joint Tactical Radio Systems (JTRS) and NATO waveforms, as part of its SDR portfolio of products and services. Spectrum has teamed with industry leaders in the development of waveform technology to provide a selection of key waveforms and waveform components that have been pre-ported to Spectrum's modem platforms. This allows Spectrum to deliver integrated solutions that significantly reduce technical risk, development cost and time to deployment in its customers' radio programs.

"Spectrum is focused on accelerating our defense and satellite communications customers' programs, from development to deployment, with optimized radio technologies and end-to-end services. Waveforms are a key part of this strategy," said Mark Briggs, VP Marketing at Spectrum. "By partnering with established waveform leaders in the military, satellite and commercial communication markets, Spectrum will be able to deliver highly optimized and high value integrated radio solutions to its customers that can dramatically simplify and reduce development and implementation efforts."

"The addition of key physical layer waveforms is the latest in Spectrum's modular architecture approach, providing more choice to customers and enabling them to customize their solution," said Cyrus Sy, Product Manager at Spectrum. "This offering will appeal to both radio developers, who will benefit from having a standard waveform already ported to a platform, and waveform developers, who wish to implement a waveform and possibly make customizations to it."

The JTRS program defines a waveform as the entire set of radio and/or communications functions that occur from the user input to the radio frequency output and vice versa. The waveform physical layer, sometimes known as the air interface, is the layer within the wireless protocol stack in which the radio frequency (RF), intermediate frequency (IF), and baseband signal processing occur. This often encompasses thousands of lines of code to support channel equalization, carrier and baud synchronization, chip rate processing, diversity processing, modulation and demodulation, channel coding and forward error correction. The effort involved in developing these physical layer waveform components for a radio platform is often quite high. This is due to the diversity and complexities of specialized processing devices, such as field programmable gate arrays and digital signal processors, which are used in the various RF front-end and modem processing architectures. Spectrum's off-the-shelf modem solutions with pre-ported physical layer components eliminates the need for its customers to invest in costly waveform development efforts, allowing them to focus their resources on more critical parts of their radio programs. Furthermore, Spectrum intends to offer a simple and cost-effective licensing structure for all waveform components thereby minimizing the cost and complexity that can be associated with acquiring waveform IP from a COTS vendor.

Spectrum's waveform physical layer library is the latest addition to a broad range of software defined radio technologies that include:

- High performance, rugged, heterogeneous processing modules

- High performance, rugged, analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion modules

- Spectrum's quicComm™ hardware abstraction layer (HAL)

- Real-time operating systems with an integrated development environment

- CORBA Object Request Broker (ORB)

- Software Communications Architecture (SCA) Core Framework and SCA Development Tools

- An RF control application program interface (API) to manage all functionality of the RF subsystem

- A comprehensive set of processor-to-processor data flows and a system data flow example with digital down-converter (DDC) and digital up-converter (DUC)

Additional information about Spectrum's products and services can be found at www.spectrumsignal.com.


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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