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New FMC+ Direct RF Module Increases Bandwidth in Radar Apps

By Woodrow Bellamy III | June 29, 2017

FMC-134. Photo: Abaco Systems.

FMC-134. Photo: Abaco Systems.

Responding to the accelerating trend toward wider bandwidth multi-channel receivers in modern radar systems, Abaco Systems said Thursday the FMC134 FMC+ FPGA Mezzanine Card Direct RF Conversion Module. It brings industry-leading ADC performance and density: the card can operate as a four-channel receiver at 3.2 Gsps or a two-channel receiver at 6.4 Gsps. Using 16 of the available 32 high-speed JESD204B lanes, the FMC134 is capable of a total maximum transfer rate of 200 Gbps.

The critical I/O functionality provided by the FMC134 adds further strength and capability to Abaco’s growing mission-ready systems offering. The FMC134 is ideally suited for applications including traditional and bi-static radar, multi-channel radar, digital beamforming, wideband receivers, wireless communication SDR and signals intelligence receivers. The FMC134 is built with expandability in mind. It supports FMC stacking, giving customers the ability to take advantage of unused signals for the possibility of up to eight ADC channels on a single FMC site at 3.2 Gsps or four channels at 6.4 Gsps.

JESD204B devices offer customers significant benefits in terms of low power consumption, high performance and small form factor. But development timelines can be extended. To address this challenge, Abaco provides the JESD204B core as part of the FMC134 board support package, and this works out of the box when used in combination with an Abaco FPGA carrier card, saving customers extensive integration time and effort.

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