GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms , a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, have announced the ICS-1556B 4-channel 400MHz 14-bit ADC PMC module. The ICS-1556B 4-channel 400MHz 14-bit ADC PMC modules are designed for demanding communication applications such as software defined radio, signals intelligence (SIGINT), digital receivers and tactical communications where the requirement is to convert analogue data into digital information in as close to real-time as possible.
The ICS-1556B 4-channel 400MHz 14-bit ADC PMC module features high sampling rate (400MHz) and high resolution (14-bit). The sample rate/resolution combination, coupled with on-board signal processing capability, allows simplification of VHF and some UHF radios.
The ICS-1556B 4-channel 400MHz 14-bit ADC PMC module brings the ability to digitise these spectra directly, with minimal peripheral hardware. Thus, ICS-1556B 4-channel 400MHz 14-bit ADC PMC module allows Intermediate analogue down conversion stages to be eliminated, meaning savings in space, weight and power and allowing complete systems to be faster, more compact and more cost-effective.
The ICS-1556B 4-channel 400MHz 14-bit ADC PMC modules enable the potential of software defined radio (SDR) to be completely exploited, enabling the interoperability of the new radio systems used by international military forces, and public safety groups such as police, fire fighters and paramedics.
The ICS-1556B 4-channel 400MHz 14-bit ADC PMC module also includes an on-board Xilinx Virtex-5 SX95T FPGA to allow users to develop their own front end signal processing functionality and execute it at high speed on the board, maximising overall system-level performance.
As signal processing becomes increasingly mission-critical, it is becoming vital to process as much raw incoming data as possible at the front end, close to the receiving antenna, freeing the back end processor to perform high speed interpretation of the data. The ICS-1556B 4-channel 400MHz 14-bit ADC PMC modules allow users to do this with its four 14-bit ADCs sampling synchronously at frequencies up to 400MHz, and a fast (64-bit/133MHz) PCI-X interface.
The powerful signal processing capability provided by the FPGA allows the user to perform standard functions such as wideband DDC (digital down conversion), FFT (Fast Fourier Transform) and time stamping or to implement any required functionality. A Hardware Development Kit (HDK) provides support for users who wish to implement their own signal processing algorithms in the FPGA. Alternatively, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms’ FPGA applications programming team can develop FPGA cores specific to customer needs.
The ICS-1556B 4-channel 400MHz 14-bit ADC PMC modules can be used with any type of carrier card that accepts a PMC module, including VME, VPX, PCI and CompactPCI. When used with an appropriate DSP/processor carrier card, such as the GE Fanuc 6U VPX DSP230 multiprocessor, it enables a powerful single slot solution for a broad range of signal processing applications. The analogue to digital unit enables development of solutions that are faster, compact and cost-effective.
Following are the features of ICS-1556B 4-channel 400MHz 14-bit ADC PMC module:
- 400MHz bandwidth allows wider instantaneous bandwidth, covers greater number of channels
- 14-bit resolution delivers increased sensitivity
- Onboard Xilinx Virtex-5 SX95T FPGA provides powerful data processing engine
- PMC form factor allows flexibility of use with CompactPCI or VME