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 VANCOUVER, B.C., Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ Spectrum Signal Processing Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: SSPIF; Toronto, Vancouver; SSY) today announced an exclusive product development partnership with OCTuS Inc. (NASDAQ: OCTS) of San Diego, Calif., to manufacture and market a sophisticated computer integrated telephony product suite aimed at small office/home office (SoHo) users. The product, to be called Spectrum Envoy, will be introduced and first shipped in December, 1993, and will be demonstrated at COMDEX, Nov. 15-19, in Las Vegas.
 Spectrum Envoy will consist of a Spectrum-built PC interface card based on the IBM Microelectronics' Mwave (TM) technology platform, a special, exclusive edition of OCTuS PTA (Personal Telecommunications Assistant) software and other third-party technologies. Seamlessly integrating each Spectrum Envoy feature and function will be an elegant application program called Aura, also developed by Spectrum. The Aura software, in conjunction with the Mwave platform , will facilitate effortless coordination of all Spectrum Envoy features and will offer the simplest and friendliest user interface of any advanced computer integrated telephony product.
 Together, the elements of the Spectrum Envoy suite will provide business end-users with a powerful and easy to use desktop telecommunications command center capable of controlling voice, fax and data traffic in ways never before possible - all within the familiar MS Windows environment.
 "Our exclusive relationship with OCTuS sets the stage for a new era of telecommunications power and freedom for the users who need it the most - operators of small businesses and home businesses," said Barry W. Jinks, Spectrum Signal Processing president and chief executive officer. "The combined capabilities of Spectrum and OCTuS, coupled with the powerful and flexible Mwave signal processing platform, will position Spectrum Envoy as the telecommunications management solution of choice among our target market."
 OCTuS PTA was specifically designed to integrate the power, information and efficiency of desktop computers with the global reach of the telephone. It provides a familiar graphical interface to the many "hidden" productivity features such as call waiting, call forwarding, transfers, caller ID, conference calls and so on. Rather than memorize cryptic codes, OCTuS PTA allows the user to manipulate these features with the click of a mouse. Its automated address books, contact logs and telecommunications control

capabilities can dramatically enhance the productivity of the small office/home office environment.
 "We recognize the technological strength and digital signal processing experience that Spectrum can offer small business customers," commented OCTuS Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Nolan Bushnell. "Their dedication to the highest performance, highest quality DSP solutions for small office and home office users make them an ideal development partner for OCTuS. Together, Spectrum and OCTuS are poised to be a formidable force in computer integrated telephony and office telecommunications management," Bushnell said.
 The IBM Microelectronics Mwave technology platform is designed to be a real-time, multitasking architecture specifically optimized for voice, audio, data, fax and compression applications. Spectrum Signal Processing, a pioneer in applied DSP technology, worked closely with IBM Microelectronics to help develop a number of Mwave features such as the voice/fax discriminator. Spectrum continues to work with IBM Microelectronics on future Mwave enhancements.
 Spectrum Signal Processing Inc. is an industry leader in the development of engineering tools, boards and software for the PC, VME and SBus environments. These systems support digital signal processors from all the major vendors, making Spectrum a leader in industrial DSP applications. In addition, the company's new multimedia products for the consumer market provide a leading edge desktop communications system for the small office/home office (SoHo) environment. Spectrum Signal Processing Inc. is publicly traded on the NASDAQ NMS under the symbol SSPIF and on the Toronto and Vancouver Stock Exchanges under the symbol SSY. The company employs 60 and is located at 8525 Baxter Place, 100 Production Court, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5A 4V7 Canada. Phone 604-421-5422, Fax 604-421-1764.
 OCTuS Inc. develops and markets communications products and is a leader in the field of computer and telephone integration (CTI). Based in San Diego, Calif., the company is publicly held and is chaired by computer industry pioneer, Nolan Bushnell.
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 /CONTACT: Julie Copithorne, marketing communications director, of Spectrum Signal Processing, 604-421-5422; or Tom Geldner, director of marketing communications, of OCTuS, 619-452-9400; or Ryan Wilson of KVO Public Relations, 503-221-2395, for Spectrum Signal Processing/

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