Maritime VDES module claims to be world’s smallest

Claimed to be the smallest, complete VHF data exchange system (VDES) module implemented using a bespoke software defined radio (SDR) solution, the VDES1000 is available from CML Microcircuits.

The module expands CML Microcircuits’ maritime communications product line. It uses technology that digitises the complete maritime band (156.025 to 162.025MHz) with the majority of the processing being implemented in the digital domain. Seven simultaneous receive channels are realised along with a transmitter that is capable of 12.5W rms (50W peak).

The VDES1000 integrates automatic identification systems (AIS) class A, application specific messaging (ASM) and VHF high speed date exchange (VDE). The module can be easily upgraded with software updates, says CML Microcircuits, to accommodate future changes in the maritime VDES standard.

CML Microcircuits has worked with the technology partner Stone Three Venture Technology, based in South Africa, to develop VDES1000. Stone Three has 15 years’ experience in developing digital signal processing (DSP) solutions for industry leaders including software defined digital systems. Both companies are deeply involved in IALA working groups and are committed to the development and support of the maritime VDES standard.

CML Microcircuits designs, develops and supplies RF, low power analogue, digital and mixed-signal semiconductors for wireless communications systems globally. With its ISO 9001:2008 certified design, production and marketing facilities and its global network of over 100 accredited distributors and representatives, CML offers products backed by a wealth of design experience and the on-going availability of  “local-knowledge” technical, applications and commercial support. This enables CML, and its customers, to respond to market demands quickly, accurately and cost-effectively.

CML aims to manage its operations in ways that are environmentally friendly and economically viable. CML provides RoHS compliant, lead-free (Pb-free) products.

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