Military Embedded Systems

Radar/EW - Signal Processing

Addressing the data challenges of modern electronic warfare and radar

By Chris Miller, Keysight Technologies

Radar, electronic warfare (EW), and signals-intelligence (SIGINT) systems face new challenges from near-peer threats, requiring multigigahertz bandwidths, nanosecond latencies, and the ability to implement and field new EW techniques – all of them needed to deploy in seconds or minutes, not days or months. Reconfigurable FPGA-based signal processors, optical streaming interfaces based on the Optical Data Interface (ODI) standard, and low-overhead packet standards based on the VITA Radio Transport (VRT) specification, combine to deliver unprecedented performance and flexibility. These three new technologies converge to enable a new class of software-defined operational and measurement systems that are able to address these new challenges.