Archived — Harper Government Supports Research and Development for Innovative Signal and Sensor Processing

Ottawa, October 7, 2010—The Honourable Gordon O'Connor, Minister of State and Chief Government Whip, on behalf of the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, today announced that the Government of Canada is making a repayable $1.8-million investment in a research and development (R&D) project being undertaken by D-TA Systems Inc. The investment is being made through the Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI).

"This funding will enable D-TA to continue investing in R&D and create new products to meet the demands of the marketplace," said Minister of State O'Connor. "Through SADI, we are helping to leverage private sector investment in R&D, attracting international investment to Canada and promoting the development of a highly skilled workforce."

D-TA will use the SADI funding to develop products that convert analog signals from systems such as radio, radar and sonar into digital data for computers. This conversion will enable real-time processing and display. With the government's investment in this project, D-TA will be able to customize products to meet the requirements of defence communications' users in Canada and the United States.

"Our aim is to simplify and streamline high-end sensor interfacing and processing systems," said Dr. Dipak Roy, Chairman of D-TA Systems. "Thanks to SADI support, we will be able to invest in more R&D to meet those objectives."

SADI supports strategic industrial research and pre-competitive development projects in the aerospace, defence, space and security industries. SADI is managed by the Industrial Technologies Office, a special operating agency of Industry Canada that has a mandate to advance leading-edge R&D by Canadian industries.

For further information (media only), please contact:

Lynn Meahan
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Tony Clement
Minister of Industry
613-995-9001

Media Relations
Industry Canada
613-943-2502


Backgrounder

SADI Investment in D-TA Systems' Signal Processing Project

Through the Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI), the Government of Canada is making a repayable $1.8-million investment in D-TA Systems Inc.'s Network-Centric Advanced Sensor Processing Platforms Development Project. The company will develop systems that simplify the processing of signals from such applications as radio and radar. The project will allow D-TA to offer readily customizable products to meet users' requirements.

D-TA, an Ottawa-based company, connects high-speed data processors directly to computers, saving users time and reducing costs.

SADI, launched in April 2007, supports private sector industrial research and pre-competitive development in Canada's aerospace, defence, security and space industries through repayable investments.

The benefits of SADI include leveraging private sector investment in research and development (R&D), attracting foreign investment to Canada, advancing technology transfer and innovation, and developing a highly skilled workforce. SADI is managed by the Industrial Technologies Office, a special operating agency of Industry Canada that has a mandate to advance leading-edge R&D by Canadian industries.

For more information about SADI, please visit the Industrial Technologies Office website.

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