Abaco Systems’ VP430 Direct RF Processing System debuts as the first 3U VPX COTS board to feature the latest Xilinx ZU27DR RF system-on-chip (RFSoC) technology. It is also described as one of the densest analog FPGA DSP boards available, with eight ADC and DAC synchronized channels, and features the ability to synchronize multiple boards for even larger system applications.
The VP430 is designed for advanced electronic warfare applications including multiple input/output (MIMO), beamforming, sensor processing and radar signal processing and occupies one fourth of the slots that earlier generation solutions would require. It includes the option to be built with a FireFly 8-channel VITA 66.4 fiber optic interface for transfers of greater than 12 GB/s 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.
Responding 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 - the VP430 enables direct RF sampling which can be implemented in the digital domain, bringing greater flexibility to the signal processing chain. Additionally, simplified integration with RF sampling devices removes the complexity of JESD204B high speed serial interfaces. For greater insights and enlightenment, peruse the VP430 product page and/or register for a datasheet.