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SBS Technologies® (NASDAQ: SBSE) and Spectrum Signal Processing Inc. (NASDAQ: SSPI / TSE: SSY) announced today a strategic alliance to develop and deliver Voice over Packet (VoP) products to the telecommunications convergence market. Based on the Memorandum of Understanding, the alliance will combine the core competencies of SBS, a leading provider of system level components and integration expertise, with the capabilities of Spectrum Signal Processing, a leading provider of high-density subsystems for wireless signal and Voice over Packet processing.


The alliance will encompass joint development, marketing and sales initiatives to provide customers with greater flexibility and new, complete solutions through advanced VoP blades and fully integrated media gateway platforms. The integrated solutions will deliver higher density and integration than other commercially available solutions to reduce risk and accelerate time-to-deployment for telecommunications equipment vendors. The first advanced products are targeted for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2002 and will target carrier-class applications including carrier-class trunking, broadband access and mobile wireless infrastructure. Development platforms are available today.


“This alliance combines Spectrum’s unique subsystems and market experience with our complementary blade, protocol and systems expertise including our recently announced Cascade® SE2.16 High Availability Systems product line,” stated Dan Moore, president of SBS Technologies Communications Group. “The combination of our high-performance, flexible broadband telecommunications processing systems with Spectrum’s aXs™ technology will provide our customers with a deeper product offering and will open up exciting new packet-voice market opportunities.”


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“We are looking forward to collaborating with SBS. Through this alliance, our customers will now have more choice in how they integrate and deploy aXs products and technology – through an expanded offering of modular subsystems to a complete range of blade and system-level products,” stated Andy Talbot, VP of Network Solutions Group at Spectrum Signal Processing. This collaboration will also provide us with new market opportunities by allowing us to deliver our leading Voice over Packet solutions through SBS’ established and worldwide sales channels.”


“Given Spectrum's leadership in the VoP subsystem market and SBS' leadership in telecommunications systems, the alliance of these two companies will result in industry-leading turnkey blade and system-level solutions and will reinforce the market recognition of Broadcom's CALISTO™ as the dominant processor in the Voice over Packet carrier space”, stated Matthew Donham, product line manager, Carrier Access Business Unit at Broadcom Corporation.


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About SBS Technologies

SBS® Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBSE), founded in 1986, designs and builds open architecture embedded computer products that enable original equipment manufacturers to serve the commercial, communication and government markets. SBS products are integrated into a variety of applications, including communication networking, medical imaging, industrial automation, and military systems. The portfolio includes an extensive line of CPU boards, computer interconnections, avionics, telemetry, and fully integrated systems and enclosures. Headquartered in Albuquerque, NM, SBS maintains nine primary operating locations, has regional sales offices throughout the United States and has international sales offices in five countries. More information on SBS is available at


http://www.sbs.com


About Spectrum Signal Processing Inc.

Spectrum Signal Processing designs, develops and markets high performance wireless signal and Voice over Packet processing subsystems for use in communications infrastructure equipment. Spectrum’s optimised hardware, software and chip technology work together to collect, compress and convert voice and data signals to improve the efficiency and processing power of infrastructure equipment and to enable voice and data to move seamlessly between communications networks. Leveraging its 15 years of design expertise, Spectrum provides its customers with faster time to market and lower costs by delivering highly flexible, reliable and high-density solutions. Spectrum boards and subsystems are targeted for use in media gateways and next-generation voice and data switches, satellite hubs, government communications systems and cellular base stations. For additional information about Spectrum and its aXs™ and flexComm product lines, please visit our web site at


http://www.spectrumsignal.com


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For more information, please contact:

Press contact:
Alan King or James Delves
Strategic Alliance International
+44 (0) 1494 434 434
alank or jamesd@strategicpr.net

Liz Laats
SBS Technologies
+1 760 438 6900 ext. 2575
llaats@sbs.com

Liza Aboud
Spectrum Signal Processing
+1 604 421 5422 ext. 152
liza_aboud@spectrumsignal.com

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