Spectrum Signal Processing Inc.

Spectrum Signal Processing Inc.

September 13, 2005 03:05 ET

Spectrum Signal Processing Introduces Latest Rapid-Prototyping Platform for Communications Intelligence Applications

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 13, 2005) - Spectrum Signal Processing Inc. (TSX:SSY)(NASDAQ:SSPI) announced today at the Defense Systems and Equipment International tradeshow the flexComm™ HCDR-1000 CRDP, a communications intelligence (COMINT) rapid-prototyping and development platform. This fully integrated, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) software defined radio platform is designed to promote the rapid development and deployment of intelligence systems for the intercept and processing of communications signals. It is comprised of a high-speed dual channel analog-to-digital converter, multiple Xilinx® Virtex-II™ and Freescale™ PowerPC® processing elements, and dual VME-based carrier boards.

The HCDR-1000 CRDP provides the hardware, software and development tools necessary to begin immediate development of COMINT systems. The platform's architecture was specifically designed to support the simultaneous detection and processing of multiple wideband and narrowband signals, including complex signals incorporating frequency agility (frequency hopping) and direct sequence spread spectrum. Real-time performance is maintained by the HCDR-1000 CRDP through the use of multiple subsystems operating in parallel, including:

- A wideband spectral analysis subsystem that can detect and parameterize signals of interest, including identifying the center frequency, received signal power and spectral shape of each detected signal.

- A delay-buffer and channelization subsystem that can be used to extract potentially hundreds of baseband signals of interest from the incoming IF signals without incurring data loss.

- A baseband channel processing subsystem that can be used to identify the modulation schemes of the signals of interest and potentially recover the underlying data.

- A real-time high-speed disk storage subsystem allowing extended recording of IF signals for offline playback at a later time.

"Our goal in designing the HCDR-1000 CDRP was to accelerate the field deployments of our COMINT customers," said Mark Briggs, Spectrum's Vice President of Marketing. "The platform supports multi-channel development using a highly scalable and modular architecture. After the application software is developed, the platform can be fielded as-is in many COMINT settings as an integral part of a deployment system. In addition, through Spectrum's modified COTS program, the platform can be customized to allow developers to further mitigate technical, cost and schedule risks throughout the development and deployment of their complex COMINT programs. The HCDR-1000 CRDP joins our other application-specific platform offerings for military communications, electronic intelligence and satellite communications."

The package includes Spectrum's quicComm™ software, a hardware abstraction layer that facilitates platform programming and code portability. Comprehensive software examples that demonstrate application data flows are also provided to simplify and accelerate development initiatives. Technical support services and training courses are part of this comprehensive product offering.

Additional product information can be found at www.spectrumsignal.com/products.

The HCDR-1000 CRDP is available for order immediately.


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.

® Xilinx is a registered trademark of Xilinx Inc.

™ Virtex-II is a trademark of Xilinx Inc.

™ Freescale is a trademark of Freescale Semiconductor Inc.

® PowerPC is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation

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