Electronic warfare dev kit eases application development

June 24, 2019 //By Rich Pell
Advanced electronic warfare dev kit jump-starts applications
Open architecture rugged embedded systems company Abaco Systems (Huntsville, AL) has announced a development kit designed to simplify, speed, and reduce the cost of developing advanced electronic warfare applications.

Designed to jump start application developers on the creation, debugging, and optimization of advanced electronic warfare applications, the VP430 Development Kit includes a VPX370 development platform pre-integrated with a 3U VPX SBC329 single-board computer, and the VP430 Direct RF Processing System.

"We've announced the VP430 Development Kit in response to demand from a number of customers who want to leverage the enormous capabilities of our VP430 RFSoC platform – but would prefer us to undertake the necessary integration, enabling those customers to save time and money and get to market faster," says Peter Thompson, Vice President, Product Management at Abaco Systems. "Now, customers can have a VP430 up and running in their labs on the day the development kit is delivered."

The VP430, says the company, was the first 3U VPX COTS solution to feature the all new Xilinx ZU27DR RF system-on-chip (RFSoC) technology. It is also 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.

Designed for advanced electronic warfare applications including MIMO (multiple input/output), beamforming, sensor processing and radar signal processing, the VP430 enables the use of fewer boards and much less power while delivering increased processing throughput. According to the company, it occupies one fourth of the slots that earlier generation solutions would require, and when combined with the company's portfolio of 3U VPX multi-architecture processing boards the VP430 enables complete systems to be built from high performance, interoperable COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) components.

The VPX370 is a six-slot system developed specifically for aerospace and defense applications. Its modular architecture enables users to add high performance FPGA and I/O to the base configuration, addressing application requirements such as digital RF memory (DRFM), synchronous multi-channel MIMO systems, software defined radio (SDR) and more.

For more, see the " VP430 Development Kit Brochure ."

Abaco Systems


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