RFSoC processing system is equipped for battlefield communications

Capable of enabling advanced electronic warfare applications, the VP430 Direct RF processing system enables direct RF sampling which can be implemented in the digital domain. This characteristics brings greater flexibility to the signal processing chain, says Abaco Systems.

The company adds that simplified integration with RF sampling devices removes the complexity of JESD204B high speed serial interfaces.

Applications include a real time passive optical network, a next generation direction finding system for battlefield communications and a new electronic attack system.

The VP430 includes the option to be built with a FireFly eight-channel VITA 66.4 fibre optic interface for transfers of greater than 12 Gbytes per second for applications in which the throughput of the native VPX PCI Express Gen3 data plane is inadequate or when a remote client requires streaming data.

The VP430 was developed in response to the cost- and complexity challenge of RF systems with multiple channels. More channels means more expensive and large RF signal up/down conversion and signal conditioning, says Abaco systems. The Xilinx RFSoCbrings a combination of FPGA processing capability, a multi-processor embedded Arm Cortex-A53 application processing unit (APU), an Arm real time processing unit (RPU) and eight input ADC and eight DAC channels. The Zynq Ultrascale+ architecture also integrates IP protection. The RFSoC has a sustained throughput of six Gsamples per seconds per channel and greater than 12 Gbytes per second per channel digital offload capability.

Designed for advanced electronic warfare applications requiring MIMO (multiple input/output), beamforming, sensor processing and radar signal processing capabilities, the VP430 enables the use of fewer boards and much less power while delivering increased processing throughput. According to Abaco Systems, it occupies one fourth of the slots that earlier generation solutions would require.

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