Spectrum Signal Processing Inc.

Spectrum Signal Processing Inc.

March 01, 2007 07:00 ET

Spectrum Signal Processing Selected by Harris Corporation to Support the U.S. Navy Multi-Mission Unmanned Surface Vehicles

The second contract between Harris Corporation and Spectrum Signal Processing to support future U.S. littoral systems

COLUMBIA, MARYLAND--(CCNMatthews - March 1, 2007) - Spectrum Signal Processing (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of Spectrum Signal Processing Inc. (TSX:SSY)(NASDAQ:SSPI), today announced that the Government Communications Systems Division of Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has selected Spectrum's flexComm™ SDR-4000 rugged software defined radio (SDR) solution to be deployed in field trials of the United States Navy's Multi-Mission Unmanned Surface Vehicles (MMUSV). Under the agreement, Spectrum will supply the signal processing system onboard the MMUSV that communicates with a processing system aboard a Littoral Combat Ship. Field trials for the MMUSV are scheduled to begin in early 2007.

The MMUSV, a vessel similar to a rigid inflatable boat, is one of the mission modules that can launch from a Littoral Combat Ship. It is designed to operate autonomously and thereby protect boat operators from threats and attacks including extreme environmental conditions and hazardous electromagnetic attack. The MMUSV can be configured to support several different types of missions such as side scanning sonar data collection, weapons missions, anti-submarine warfare or surface ship warfare. Each of these missions will require a different type of data to be collected and communicated to the Littoral Combat Ship. Spectrum's SDR-4000 will be used to enable the transmission of these different data types.

"The software defined nature of the SDR-4000 provides flexibility in how different types of data can be transmitted. This flexibility, combined with the low power and small form factor design of the SDR-4000, makes it an ideal solution for this complex application," said Ken Schumacher, Senior Program Manager, Harris Corporation Government Communications Systems Division. "Spectrum's modular and reconfigurable architecture allows Harris to leverage the foundational knowledge and technology invested in previous developments and apply it to the MMUSV application, saving us valuable time." He adds, "Spectrum's responsiveness and solution based approach to business has made them a valuable supplier to Harris."

"The reconfigurable architecture of Spectrum's products enables customers like Harris to leverage their investments across multiple projects," said Michael P. Farley, President of Spectrum Signal Processing (USA) Inc. "This contract builds on our existing relationship with Harris and underscores Spectrum's value to leading defense contractors."

Spectrum's SDR-4000 is a 3U CompactPCI® subsystem that is comprised of two major component level hardware products: the PRO-4600 SDR modem processing engine and the XMC-3321 dual transceiver input/output mezzanine card. RapidIO™ provides a high bandwidth interconnect fabric between these cards, as well as the input/output functionality to ensure the efficient use of the processing resources. Software development tools include Spectrum's quicComm™ hardware abstraction layer, which facilitates algorithm partitioning and programming, and a real-time operating system. The SDR-4000 can be optimized for program specific size, weight, power consumption, cost and rugged requirements. For more information on the SDR-4000, 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 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.


This news release contains forward-looking statements related to sales of the Spectrum Signal Processing Inc. flexComm product line. 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). RapidIO is a trademark of the RapidIO Trade Association. Assured communications is a trademark of the Harris Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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