Symmetricom Announces $3.9 Million Contract Award for Advanced Technology Atomic Frequency Standard Program (ATAFS)

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Developing next-generation atomic clocks for possible deployment on the Global Positioning System (GPS-III) satellite constellation.

San Jose, CA (PRWEB) June 28, 2005 — Symmetricom, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYMM), a worldwide leader in precise time and frequency products and services, today announced that it has been selected as a supplier for the Advanced Technology Atomic Frequency Standard (ATAFS) program, sponsored by the Department of Defense (DOD) Joint Program Office (JPO). The ATAFS program will support development of the next-generation atomic clocks for possible deployment on the Global Positioning System (GPS-III) satellite constellation.

Under the contract, awarded by the Space and Missile System Center (SMC) at Los Angeles Air Force Base and valued at $3.9 million, Symmetricom will develop high-performance atomic clocks based on its proprietary optically-pumped cesium beam technology. The contract leverages Symmetricom's extensive atomic clock expertise.

“The Advanced Technology Atomic Frequency Standard (ATAFS) development program will emphasize improved frequency stability and integrity of output signal,” commented Captain Kristi Lowenthal, program manager for the ATAFS project at the GPS Joint Program Office at Los Angeles Air Force Base. “These technological advancements are critical to future US defense needs as well as improved safety-of-life provisions for the general population.”

Dr. R. Michael Garvey, chief scientist for Symmetricom's Technology Realization Center commented, “As the provider of the first space borne atomic clocks that demonstrated the capabilities of GPS navigation technology 30 years ago, Symmetricom is uniquely qualified to develop the next generation of long lived, high performance atomic clocks for GPS. Further, our team of scientists and engineers are very excited about the realization of this advanced technology.”

Cesium atomic clocks are mission-critical references used in government time-keeping, communications and satellite applications, as well as aerospace and telecommunications networks worldwide. Symmetricom pioneered the usage of cesium atomic clocks on board the GPS satellites enabling Full Operational Capability of the GPS System in April 1995. The precision and stability of cesium atomic clock technology is the enabling element in GPS's precision navigation accuracy. The evolution of GPS-based systems has resulted in worldwide access to precision signals used in navigation, telecommunications, safety of life and rescue, surveying, agriculture and a myriad of other applications.

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About Symmetricom Inc.

As a worldwide leader in precise time and frequency products and services, Symmetricom provides “Perfect Timing” to customers around the world, including communication service providers, network equipment manufacturers, U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), aerospace contractors, enterprises, governments and research facilities. Since 1985, the company's timing, frequency and synchronization solutions have helped define the world's standards, delivering precision, reliability and efficiency to wireless and wireline networks, instrumentation and testing applications and network time management. Deployed in more than 90 countries, instrumentation products include atomic clocks, cesium and rubidium standards, VME, VXI, crystal oscillators, Bus Timing, PCI cards and Global Positioning System (GPS) solutions for instrumentation applications, alphanumeric displays, as well as network time servers for Network Time Protocol (NTP) synchronization and time synchronization solutions. In 2002, Symmetricom acquired TrueTime and Datum, enhancing its position in the world time and frequency markets. Symmetricom is based in San Jose, Calif., with offices worldwide. For more information, visit


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