Chief Scientist for Symmetricom Receives Distinguished Precise Time and Time Interval (PTTI) Award: Dr. Michael Garvey Receives 2007 Distinguished PTTI Service Award for Outstanding Contributions to Precise Time and Time Interval Systems

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Symmetricom, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYMM), a worldwide leader in precise time and frequency technologies that accelerate the deployment and enable the management of next generation networks, today announced that Dr. Michael Garvey, chief scientist with Symmetricom in Beverly, Massachusetts, was the 2007 recipient of the Distinguished PTTI Service Award. The award was presented at the Thirty-Ninth Annual Precise Time and Time Interval (PTTI) Systems and Applications Meeting held Monday, November 26 to Thursday, November 29, 2007 in Long Beach, California. The award recognizes outstanding contributions related to the management of PTTI systems.

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The PTTI is the leading strategic systems and applications meeting in precise time

    "This award is open not only to those who excel in technology but also to those who make it usable and available," commented Dr. Joe White, chairman of the PTTI Executive Committee. "Excelling in both areas, Dr. Garvey was responsible for the development of the cesium clocks flown in GPS blocks I, II and IIA. It was these clocks that helped make the early GPS satellites a success."

The Distinguished PTTI Service Award recognizes an individual for providing exceptional leadership and demonstrating ability and ingenuity in the development or application of PTTI over a number of years or the development of a significant PTTI system.

"The PTTI is the leading strategic systems and applications meeting in precise time," commented Dr. Michael Garvey, chief scientist for Symmetricom in Beverly. "It is an honor to be recognized by my colleagues for contributions to PTTI systems. I have found the work both challenging and rewarding."

Throughout his 30-year career, Dr. Garvey has been involved in the design of atomic frequency standards and clocks. In 1979, he joined Frequency and Time Systems, Inc. (FTS) where he developed cesium beam atomic clocks for the first Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites. In 1999, Dr. Garvey led the acquisition of Sigma Tau Standards Corporation, the only U.S. manufacturer of active hydrogen masers. FTS was acquired by Symmetricom in 2002. At Symmetricom, Dr. Garvey has overall responsibility for the research and development of precision clocks and frequency standards. Dr. Garvey is an active member of the U.S. Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Ultrasonics Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control (UFFC) Society, serving as the president-elect for the term beginning in 2010. Since 1998, he has served as a member of the Scientific Program Committee of the European Frequency and Time Forum (EFTF). He also serves on the National Research Council Review Panel for Physics at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. Dr. Garvey was the recipient of the 2002 IEEE UFFC Society's C.B. Sawyer Award. He holds a bachelor's degree in physics from Davidson College and a doctorate in physics from Duke University.

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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. Since 1985, the company's solutions have helped define the world's time and frequency standards, delivering precision, reliability and efficiency to wireline and wireless networks, instrumentation and testing applications and network time management. Deployed in more than 90 countries, the company's synchronization solutions include primary reference sources, building integrated timing supplies (BITS), GPS timing receivers, time and frequency distribution systems, network time servers and ruggedized oscillators. Symmetricom also incorporates technologies including Universal Timing Interface (UTI), Network Time Protocol (NTP), Precision Time Protocol (IEEE 1588), and others supporting the world's migration to Next Generation Networks (NGN). Symmetricom is based in San Jose, Calif., with offices worldwide. For more information, visit

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