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BittWare Celebrates 20 Years of Delivering COTS Signal Processing Solutions


CONCORD, NH - July 9, 2009 - BittWare, Inc. marks 20 successful years of designing and building high-end signal processing boards, software, and IP for the military/aerospace, communications, medical, and instrumentation markets. In the early 1990's the company became a pioneer in the embedded signal processing hardware industry by being the first vendor to partner with Analog Devices (ADI) to provide COTS hardware based on their floating point DSPs. As market demands have changed, so have the company's products. BittWare's latest offerings now leverage the Altera® Stratix® family of FPGAs instead of, or in addition to DSPs. Although the products have evolved, the company focus remains the same - providing the essential building blocks that enable their customers to implement innovative signal processing COTS solutions.

"When I started this company 20 years ago, I simply wanted to spend time doing what I loved - engineering interesting, cutting-edge, digital signal processing boards," stated Jim Bittman, Founder and Chairman of the Board at BittWare. "We've done that and so much more. Every challenge we've faced has moved us to create better solutions for our customers. I can't wait to see what the next 20 years has in store."

"Jim's courageous plunge into the entrepreneurial waters was not without it's challenges, but his vision, dedication, tenacity, and talent ultimately lead to an extremely successful enterprise which everyone at BittWare is proud to be a part of," said Jeff Milrod, CEO and President at BittWare. "Although both the industry and technology have undergone tremendous change over the past two decades, it's a testament to BittWare and our staff that we have been able to stay in front of the wave over that period. I think it's reasonable to predict that we will continue to be a leader in board-level signal processing solutions for at least the next two decades."

In 1989, BittWare was incorporated and immediately began a long-standing partnership with Analog Devices. From the 1991 introduction of BittWare's "Gamma" ISA bus board based on the ADSP-21020 processor, the next 13 years would see the introduction and release of over 45 signal processing boards based on ADI's SHARC, Hammerhead and TigerSHARC floating-point DSPs. These boards would cover every major form factor and bus standard including ISA, PCI, 3U/6U cPCI, PMC, PC/104+, VME, VXS and AMC, and provide many industry firsts along the way.

Changing technology lead BittWare to migrate the focus of their signal processing engines from DSPs to FPGAs in 2004. At that time the company forged a preferred third-party relationship with Altera by agreeing to exclusively supply Altera FPGAs as part of their COTS hardware solutions. As a result, BittWare has developed sophisticated IP, frameworks, and productivity enhancements for Altera FPGAs, and to date, has introduced 7 commercial and rugged COTS boards based on the Altera Stratix II, Stratix II GX, and Stratix IV GX FPGAs for applications in military and aerospace (radar, sonar and electronic warfare), medical imaging, wireless communication, and high end instrumentation.

About BittWare, Inc.

For two decades, BittWare, Inc. has been the leading designer and manufacturer of FPGA computing and hybrid (FPGA+DSP) board-level solutions based on the high-end Altera Stratix family of FPGAs and Analog Devices’ TigerSHARC® technology. The company provides the essential building blocks required by OEMs for developing and deploying their innovative systems in defense, communications, instrumentation, and life sciences applications. BittWare’s product offering addresses OEM needs from prototype-to-production and span a variety of platforms, including AMC, VXS, VME/VPX, PCI, CompactPCI, PMC and standalone. For more information on BittWare and its innovative FPGA and DSP solutions, visit

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