Fidus Systems Introduces Customizable Automatic Identification System (AIS) Transceiver

    High Performance Fidus Transceiver Significantly Shortens Time-to-Market

    SEATTLE, Nov. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Fidus Systems Inc., an electronic product
development company, today introduced a customizable Automatic Identification
System (AIS) Transceiver. The Fidus Transceiver provides a flexible, easy to
integrate AIS solution for a number of maritime systems supporting navigation,
coastal surveillance, and port security.
    When incorporated into marine radar systems, the Transceiver is a high
performance Software-Defined Radio (SDR) that can track and identify marine
vessels. The Transceiver enables customers to fuse radar and AIS information
resulting in enhanced data for better management of ship traffic and collision
avoidance. Increasingly, maritime organizations including ports, commercial
shipping, search and rescue and recreational vessels are demanding better
information on vessel traffic via ship-to-ship, ship-to-air and ship-to-shore.
    Effective on December 31, 2004, the International Maritime Organization's
SOLAS (Safety of Lives at Sea) Chapter mandated all vessels over 300 gross
tonnage to have AIS to assist in safe navigation. Recognized as the most
widely used system for identifying and monitoring maritime traffic, AIS
combines GPS and VHF technologies in an intelligent manner to allow highly
accurate positioning and identification. AIS can be used in shipboard
broadcast transponder systems to provide valuable ship information such as
identification, position, and heading information to other vessels, Search and
Rescue, and AIS Base Stations.
    "AIS is playing a critical role in the growing trend of maritime
operations towards greater electronic enhancement of navigation for safety,
security, accountability and environmental responsibility," said
Michael Wakim, President and CEO, Fidus Systems. "The introduction of our AIS
Transceiver is timely given the increasing level of integration in maritime
applications such as vessel traffic management, coastal surveillance, search
and rescue and port security."
    "Developed with our leading-edge AIS-based intellectual property, the
Transceiver combined with our extensive design services experience provides
customers with a complete, customizable solution to significantly shorten
their product development cycle and time-to-market," added Wakim.

    Fidus AIS Transceiver Features

    The Fidus AIS Transceiver supports Class A, AIS Base Station and Search
and Rescue aircraft applications. The Transceiver features a Xilinx
Virtex(TM)-4 FPGA, employing high-speed Digital Signal Processing to implement
a multi-channel GMSK/FSK receiver and transmitter. Dual embedded PowerPC(R)
processors handle high-level AIS processing, board supervision and message
protocols as well as other tasks that are proprietary to different customers'
systems. Built originally in a VME64x form factor, the design is easily
customizable for new form factors such as standalone, cPCI and PMC. The
Transceiver operates within the full, industrial temperature range (-40 to

    About Fidus:

    Fidus Systems Inc. develops electronic products for a wide range of
industries including aerospace, defence, consumer, medical, industrial,
semiconductors and telecommunications. Fidus has extensive design experience
and technology knowledge in turnkey product development and targeted design of
System/Architecture, RF/Wireless, Signal Integrity/EMC, Hardware, PCB board
layout, FPGA/ASIC, Software/Firmware, Industrial/Mechanical, prototype
testing, regulatory compliance and environmental, and reliability. Fidus has
delivered on more than 500 products and projects for customers across North
America. For more information, please visit

    Fidus name and the Fidus logo are trademarks of Fidus Systems Inc. Other
    registered and unregistered trademarks are the property of their
    respective owners.

    (C) Copyright 2007 Fidus Systems Inc. All rights reserved. Information
    subject to change without notice.

For further information:

For further information: contact: Veronica Farmer, Director Marketing
Communications, (613) 828-0063, ext. 224, Mobile: (613) 862-3346,

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