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Spectrum Signal Announces New Cost-Effective High-Performance Maranello & Dakar Solutions Based on Texas Instruments' TMS320C4x.

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 27, 1998--Spectrum Signal Proc(NASDAQ:SSPIF) (TSE:SSY.) New Features & Modular PCI & VME Architectures Allow Scalable I/O and DSP Combinations

Spectrum Signal Processing (NASDAQ NMS:SSPIF/TSE:SSY), the industry leader in high-performance DSP systems, today announced the Dakar and Maranello, modular PCI and VMEBus TMS320C4x-based floating- point DSP products, at an extremely competitive price, significantly below many competing solutions. The modular architecture of these DSP platforms feature multiple TIM-40(TM) expansion sites and the DSP~LINK3(TM) I/O expansion interface to support a wide variety of processor, I/O, and memory configurations. These products based on the 'C4x processor, the highest-performance floating-point processor available from Texas Instruments (TI) today, complement Spectrum's previously announced Monaco and Daytona products based on TI's fixed- point 'C6x processor.

The Dakar and Maranello solutions are targeted at high-end signal processing applications such as spectrum monitoring, imaging, control, radar/sonar, digital radio solutions, and communications. Spectrum has received advance orders for these products and has already shipped over US$3M of product to customers in North America and Europe.

"In addition, to providing a much superior feature set, these products are priced at 25 percent below most competing vendor platforms. The Dakar and Maranello products replace several of our previous generation 'C4x-based products, providing customers with a much higher-performance solution at a significantly lower cost," asserts Michael Radhanauth, Manager, Product Marketing Group at Spectrum. "DSP applications vary vastly in their processing requirements, and therefore demand a scalable solution to meet various application conditions. Also, as user requirements change, these flexible product solutions can be reconfigured using a variety of TIM sites, TIM modules, and I/O modules to meet changing application requirements, protecting a customer's investment."

The Maranello is the industry's highest-performance VME64-based TIM-40 carrier board with one embedded 'C4x processor and four TIM-40 module sites that can be populated with different combinations of I/O, memory or processor modules. Other features include 10 external I/O communications ports, a JTAG emulation port, application specific ports, and a VME64 Master/Slave interface. A shared bus architecture allows the TIM-40 modules and VME interface to access a bank of on- board global SRAM available in three optional configurations for optimal application performance. Spectrum's open standard DSP~LINK3, a 32-bit, 40 MByte/s I/O interface allows further I/O expansion options with Spectrum's complete range of multi-channel analog and digital I/O boards including a line of IndustryPack I/O products. Performance from 60 to 480 MFLOPS is possible with two dual TIM-40 processor modules.

The Dakar is currently the industry's highest-performance TMS320C4x- based PCI carrier board with one 'C4x 60MHz embedded processor and three TIM-40 module sites that can accommodate the same variety of TIM modules as the Maranello. The Dakar supports from one to seven 'C4x DSPs for a maximum performance of 420 MFLOPS. The Dakar provides shared access for any processor to the PCI local bus and shared SRAM, with large inter-processor data transfers handled via the 'C4x communications ports.

Software support for the Dakar includes ANSI C Compiler/Assembler/Linker and C source debugger, and Diamond, 3L's real-time DSP operating system. Diamond, significantly simplifies the development of multi-processor DSP applications. Spectrum offers a high-level language interface library and device drivers for a variety of operating systems including Windows '95 and NT. Support for the Maranello includes Solaris and VxWorks compatible development tools, JTAG support, compilers, DSP operating systems, real-time device drivers and interface libraries. Base OEM quantity pricing is as follows: Maranello VME carrier board: US$2600, Dakar PCI carrier board: US$2995.

Spectrum Signal Processing is the world's leading supplier of DSP system solutions. The company offers DSP software, off-the-shelf hardware, custom ASIC design and complete custom systems. Customers such as Nortel, NEC, Daewoo Telecom, the US Dept. of Defense and Lockheed Martin benefit from Spectrum's innovative, programmable DSP products, by gaining competitive advantages such as faster time to market and low-cost feature set upgradeability. Spectrum is publicly traded on NASDAQ NMS under the symbol SSPIF and on the TSE under the symbol SSY. The company is ISO9001 quality certified, and can be found on the web at,and is located at #100 - 8525 Baxter Place, Burnaby, B.C., Canada. (604) 421-5422; fax (604) 421-1764.

Any statements made by the company that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements that are 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 new products, the impact of competitive products and pricing, changing market conditions and the other risks detailed in the company's prospectus and from time to time in other filings. Actual results may differ materially from those projected. These forward-looking statements represent the company's judgement as of the date of this release. The company may or may not update these forward-looking statements in the future.

CONTACT: Spectrum Signal Processing Inc.

Tanis MacSween, 604/ 421-5422

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