Pixus extends software defined radio series

Designed with National Instruments’ Ettus Research, standard commercially available TwinRX daughtercards, the RX310-2 rugged software defined radio (SDR) chassis is from Pixus Technologies.

The TwinRX is a dual channel super-heterodyne receiver that offers wide dynamic range and accurate phase synchronisation with local oscillator (LO) sharing for spectrum monitoring and direction finding. There is also the option of a global positioning system (GPS) disciplined oscillator as well as versions with one UBX daughtercard and one TwinRX. The UBX is a full-duplex wideband transceiver that covers frequencies from 10MHz to 6GHz.

The RX310-2 allows one or two TwinRX daughtercards to be installed in the chassis.

Pixus installs the motherboard and daughterboard configurations into a rugged weatherproof enclosure that is sealed to IP67 for water and dust ingress.  The conduction-cooled chassis is also optionally designed for MIL-STD-810 for shock/vibration and MIL-STD-461 for EMI. Light rugged versions with fans and filtering are available upon request.

The I/O panel for the RX310 is modular, which allows for customisation, advises Pixus.

The RX310 series can be used in various types of airborne, shipboard, ground vehicle, or outdoor designs, for example in signal integrity, spectrum monitoring, passive radar, smart agriculture, smart energy and prototyping systems for advanced wireless standards.

Pixus Technologies is comprised of industry experts in electronics packaging. Founded in 2009 by senior management from Kaparel, a Rittal company, Pixus Technologies produces embedded backplanes and systems which are focused primarily on ATCA, OpenVPX, MicroTCA and custom designs. Pixus also has an extensive offering of VME-based and cPCI-based products.

In May 2011, Pixus Technologies became the sole authorised North and South American supplier of the electronic packaging products previously offered by Kaparel and Rittal.


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