FPGA embedded computing for electronic warfare (EW) and radar signal processing introduced by Abaco
Abaco Systems in Huntsville, Ala., is introducing the VP430 direct RF processing embedded computing system with the Xilinx ZU27DR RF system-on-chip (RFSoC) technology for advanced electronic warfare (EW) applications including multiple input/output (MIMO), beamforming, sensor processing, and radar signal processing.
The dense analog field-programmable gate array (FPGA) digital signal processing (DSP) board has eight A/D converter and D/A converter synchronized channels, and can synchronize several boards.
When combined with Abaco's 3U VPX processing boards, the VP430 enables systems designers to build systems from high performance, interoperable commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components.
The VP430 can enable the use of fewer boards and much less power while delivering increased processing throughput, company officials say. It occupies one-fourth of the slots that earlier-generation solutions would require.
The VP430 can be built with a FireFly 8-channel VITA 66.4 fiber optic interface for transfers faster than 12 gigabytes 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 enables direct RF sampling in the digital domain, and the simplified integration with RF sampling devices removes the complexity of JESD204B high-speed serial interfaces.
The Xilinx RFSoC brings a combination of FPGA processing, a multi-processor-embedded ARM Cortex-A53 application processing unit (APU), an ARM real-time processing unit (RPU), and eight input analog-to-digital converter and eight digital-to-analog converter channels.
Additionally, the Zynq Ultrascale+ architecture integrates with features to enable high security IP protection. The RFSoC brings extreme analog bandwidth with a sustained throughput of 6 gigasamples per second per channel and more than 12 gigabytes per second per channel digital offload capability.