Military Embedded Systems

Dual 4GSPS transceiver card from Curtiss-Wright shipping for C4ISR applications


August 25, 2014

John McHale

Editorial Director

Military Embedded Systems

ASHBURN, Va. Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions began volume production shipment of its VPX3-530 dual channel ADC/DAC engine. The rugged low-latency transceiver module’s 12-bit ADC can be configured with either two 4 GSPS channels or four 2 GSPS channels. It also has two channels of 14-bit DAC data conversion at up to 5.6 GSPS on a single 3U OpenVPX card.

This transceiver card has a user programmable Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGA to couple the ADC and DAC channels, which results in low latency between inputs and outputs for efficient sense and response performance required by electronic warfare (EW) applications. The device can be scaled for multi-board, multi-channel synchronization to form an array of synchronized analog inputs, useful for applications such as signals intelligence and direction finding (DF) and other applications that require beamforming.

For prototyping Curtiss-Wright also offers a VPX3-530 Quick Start Kit (QSK), which includes an air-cooled desktop system (OF-SMART3 3U OpenVPX Development Chassis) pre-configured with a Curtiss-Wright VPX3-1257 2.1 GHz Intel Quad-Core i7 3U OpenVPX single board computer (SBC).

Software support for the VPX3-530 includes Curtiss-Wright’s FusionXF Development Kit, which provides software, HDL, and utilities complete with examples for using the VPX3-530. FusionXF includes a C programming language API, driver framework and DMA support. FusionXF supports Wind River VxWorks and Linux Fedora operating environments. Additional operating systems, such as Windows, may be considered on request.

The VPX3-530 ruggedization configurations includes commercial, air-cooled rugged, and conduction-cooled. Contact Curtiss-Wright for details.

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