- November 05, 2019
November 5, 2019 - Abaco Systems announced the 6U VPX implementation of the Xilinx 16x16 RF system-on-chip (RFSoC) technology combined with the Xilinx Ultrascale+ FPGA with High Bandwidth Memory (HBM). The VP460 Direct RF Processing System is aligned with the SOSA standard to deliver the interoperability required by the US Air Force, Army, and Navy.
The 6U VPX platform complements the previously announced VP430 3U VPX Direct RF Processing System.
Designed to enable development of advanced, next generation multi-channel electronic warfare systems in application areas such as MIMO, beamforming, sensor processing, radar, SDR and signals intelligence, the VP460 is characterized by its performance and channel density. It features 16 integrated analog-to-digital converters at 2GSPS, and 16 digital-to-analog converters at 6.4 GSPS. Also included are a user-programmable FPGA fabric and multi-core Zynq ARM processing subsystem. The HBM VU37P device features the speed and capabilities of an UltraScale+ FPGA together with integrated DRAM in the FPGA package, and is capable of up to 460GB/s on-chip data transfer rates.
By reducing RF signal chain complexity and leveraging heterogeneous processing capabilities, the VP460 allows input/output channel density to be maximized and data offloaded more efficiently - without sacrificing onboard signal processing capabilities.
The VP460 includes – in addition to the PCIe Gen3 data plane - up to 64 high speed serial lanes to the Xilinx Virtex Ultrascale+ HBM device,supporting protocols such as PCIe Gen3, 10/40G Ethernet, Auroraand so on.
The Xilinx RFSoC is a step in integration technology bringing a combination of Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) processing capability, a multi-processor embedded ARM Cortex-A53 Application processing unit (APU), and an ARM real time processing unit (RPU). Additionally, the Zynq Ultrascale+ architecture integrates all this with features to enable IP protection.