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Spectrum Offers SDR-3003 ISMRDP Single Slot Modem Rapid Prototyping Platform for International MILCOM Development.

BURNABY, British Columbia -- Spectrum Signal Processing Inc. (TSX:SSY)(NASDAQ:SSPI) today announced the flexComm(TM) SDR-3003 ISMRDP, an international version of its single slot wideband military communications (MILCOM) rapid prototyping and development platform. This platform offers the full "RF to Ethernet" modem processing functionality of Spectrum's SDR-3002 IMRDP in a single slot. It operates from 20 MHz to 3 GHz with intermediate frequency (IF) bandwidths of up to 30 MHz. This fully integrated, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) software defined radio (SDR) platform is designed to reduce the effort and schedule required for the development of both Software Communications Architecture (SCA) and non-SCA-enabled military communications programs in North America and abroad.

The SDR-3003 ISMRDP single slot modem hardware solution integrates the latest Xilinx(R) Virtex-4(TM) field programmable gate array (FPGA) technology with Spectrum's proven MPC7410 PowerPC(TM) and TMS320C64x(TM) digital signal processing technology. The SDR-3003 ISMRDP is specifically targeted at North American and international customers who need to start with one transceiver channel and scale up in single channel increments. This platform can be expanded and extended utilizing any of the cards and modules in the flexComm product line. The SDR-3003 ISMRDP integrates a two card single slot SCA-enabled platform with a DRT4001 SDR Family of radio frequency (RF) front-ends from Digital Receiver Technology, Inc. (DRT).

"Program managers and engineers value Spectrum's rapid prototyping platforms since they offer a turnkey solution that can save over nine months of integration effort," stated Mark Briggs, Spectrum's Vice President of Marketing. "Spectrum provides the integrated base system, including third-party hardware, software and design tools, that enable project teams to focus on their application development."

The SDR-3003 ISMRDP provides a turnkey black-side processing system for the U.S. Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) program and other MILCOM developers. This system includes sample application software and FPGA cores supporting frequency agile operation. The example software and cores include the source code, a key enabler in accelerating customers' development efforts. In addition, the software and cores provide the following capabilities:

- Programmable resource-optimized digital up and down converters

- Time stamping and time triggering facility suitable for time-sensitive or time-slotted applications

- RF control application programming interface to manage the RF subsystem

The SDR-3003 ISMRDP system is based upon Spectrum's SDR-3000 family of processing and analog-to-digital/digital-to-analog converter boards in a four slot 2U CompactPCI(R) chassis, which leaves room for future expansion. These components are integrated with the DRT4001 RF front-end subsystem consisting of four DRT cards (tuner, exciter, reference module and the controller) in a 20-slot 3U CompactPCI chassis. The system includes all software application libraries, including digital down-conversion and digital up-conversion FPGA cores, operating systems and an SCA Core Framework. The system is flexible, scalable and due to its modularity and additional mezzanine site, the platform can evolve with customer needs as Spectrum continues to expand its XMC-based input/output offering.

The package includes Spectrum's quicComm(TM) software, a hardware abstraction layer that facilitates platform programming and code portability. Technical support services and training courses are part of this comprehensive product offering.

Additional product information can be found at

The SDR-3003 ISMRDP 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 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


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. Xilinx is a registered trademark and Virtex-4 is a trademark of Xilinx Inc. Freescale is a trademark of Freescale Semiconductor Inc. PowerPC is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation. CompactPCI is a registered trademark of the PCI(TM) Industry Computers Manufacturer's Group. PCI is a trademark of the Peripheral Component Interconnect - Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG). TMS320C64x is a trademark of Texas Instruments. Other product and company names mentioned may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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