Analog/Mixed Signal

3U Tranciever Assists In Congested RF Environments for Electronics Warfare Apps

01 May 2017

Military forces today rely heavily on electronic warfare technologies to secure a competitive advantage prior to physical engagement with an adversary. Commercial applications, such as wireless data and voice transmission signals, tend to crowd the spectrum, virtually masking electromagnetic signals of military interest. Maintaining a dominant position on the electromagnetic battlefield necessitates simultaneous discernment of small signals over a wide bandwidth of frequencies with exceptional precision. Swift identification of these signals is important in order to generate an appropriate and timely response to recognized threats.

Mercury Systems has released a new innovation to address this signal detection challenge. The product works by densely integrating state-of-the-art RF and digital technologies to maximize spectral efficiency while simultaneously reducing physical size and weight.

Ensemble® DCM-KU-4R2G-2T3G 3U OpenVPX TransceiverEnsemble® DCM-KU-4R2G-2T3G 3U OpenVPX Transceiver

Mercury Systems' Ensemble® DCM-KU-4R2G-2T3G ultra-low-latency transceiver was developed to meet the requirements of advanced electronic warfare (EW) applications and to provide high-speed signal processing capability suited to ultra-wideband communications and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) applications.

Mercury Systems designed the ultra-low-latency transceiver in accordance with OpenVPX standards at its Alabama facility. The new transceiver is optimized for low probability of interception (LPOI) radio frequency (RF) signal detection in heavily contested electromagnetic environments. It is designed for digital radio frequency memory (DRFM) applications. The new product couples coherent multi-channel, multi-board functionality with best-of-breed spectral purity in a 3U form factor ruggedized for harsh military environments.

The transceiver supports flexible configuration of analog to digital converter (ADC) circuitry for processing of incoming RF signals of interest. The default configuration provides four ADC channels with digitization rates up to 2.0 gigasamples per second (GSPS). The product's channel interleaving option allows two ADC channels with enhanced digitization rates up to 4.0 GSPS per channel in dual-edges sampling (DES) mode.

To encourage application development, Mercury’s EchoCore firmware for FPGA programming reduces the time required for mission-specific solution development. Two low-latency digital to analog converters (DAC), each with sampling rates up to 3.0 GSPS, are available with user-selectable output modes. All product configurations are available in air- or conduction-cooled configurations.

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