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Fall 2021 Vol. 30, No. 2
SOSA (Sensor Open Systems Architecture)
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Quartz Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC Family Products
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Strategies for Providing Advanced Signal Processing on Rugged SFF Platforms

The Quartz Model 6353 provides 8 channels of remote data acquisition and generation, local ARM processor system controller, FPGA fabric for DSP, and dual 100 GbE optical interfaces with VITA-49 data protocol  

The latest data acquisition and signal processing devices are critical for capturing and manipulating wideband sensor signals for real-time radar, electronic countermeasures, EW, and SIGINT systems.

These include new data converter technology and advanced FPGA designs, including the RFSoC (radio frequency system-on-chip).

To maintain strategic superiority for military and aerospace platforms, embedded systems must constantly evolve to embrace the latest technologies, counter new threats, and deal with new constraints. To meet these objectives, systems engineers must exploit new architectures that deliver effective solutions.

Strong mandates to move systems closer to the antenna are driven by the need to preserve signal integrity and minimize latency while shrinking the size and weight of the enclosures. As a result, these SFF (small form factor) systems must often be capable of withstanding extreme environmental conditions during operation, forcing designers to develop new packaging and thermal management techniques to overcome these tough requirements.

Because of the many different applications and installation platforms, each SFF enclosure must conform to a unique set of SWaP constraints. As a result, SFF system vendors now address these requirements with an extensive array of enclosures, which are often not compatible with open-standard system architectures.



The Road Forward: Mercury Systems, Pentek, and SOSA Tech Exchange with Microwaves and RF

Microwaves & RF magazine recently presented a TechXchange interview in which Ken Hermanny and Rodger Hosking of Mercury Systems discussed the technology synergies between Mercury and its recent acquisition, Pentek, and how the Sensors Open System Architecture (SOSA) fits into Mercury's future.


8-Channel Phase Coherent RF Signal Recorder Extends Recording Capability for Beamforming and Radar Applications

The Talon Model RTR 2628 is an 8-channel, phase coherent, 4U 19-inch rackmount recorder with integrated RF tuners and A/D converters. The rugged rackmount system is designed to operate under conditions of vibration and extended operating temperatures. The Talon RTR 2628 accepts signals from eight antennas to provide eight channels of phase-coherent RF signal recording. Each channel is tunable up to 6 GHz and captures up to 80 MHz of instantaneous bandwidth.

Each input channel includes a 250 MHz 16-bit A/D and an FPGA-based digital downconverter with programmable decimations from 2 to 65536 for instantaneous bandwidths from 80 MHz down to 3 kHz. RF signals up to 6 GHz in frequency can be tuned, sampled, digitally-downconverted, and streamed to disk in real-time at sustained aggregate recording rates up to 3.2 GB/sec. RF tuning frequencies, A/D sampling rates, DDC decimations, and trigger settings are among the selectable system parameters, providing a system that is flexible, yet simple to configure and operate.




Chris has over 22 years’ experience in the electronics industry and has held positions as a Senior Software Engineer, Strategic Account Engineer and Applications Engineering Manager for Pentek
Chris Tojeira, Recording Systems Director, Mercury Mixed Signal
 

Capturing and recording radio frequency signals is a crucial tool for developing radars and communications equipment and EW countermeasure systems, as well as the collection and monitoring of SIGINT and ELINT signals.

In this webinar, Chris will cover:

  • Important factors for RF signal recorders and how to exploit both design time and cost savings in your development
  • Capturing real-time data in a deployed SWaP environment
  • The benefits of bringing the RF environment back to the lab for signal evaluation, generation, and analysis
  • Other field use scenarios
Benefits of Wideband Real-Time RF Signal Recorders for Radar, EW and SIGINTPresented by Chris Tojeira, the Technical Director and Chief Architect of the Recording Systems product line of Pentek, now part of Mercury



On Demand Webinar: Bringing AI to the tactical edge with Xilinx's Versal ACAP

Xilinx and Mercury are working together to deliver up to 20× more processing power closer to the edge. View this recent webinar, moderated by John McHale, Editorial Director of Military Embedded Systems, to learn more about:

  • Radar and EW trends and challenges
  • Xilinx Versal ACAP technology featuring the AI Core series
  • Faster processing and performance than traditional FPGAs
  • SWaP-focused, OpenVPX and SOSA-aligned AI Core device modules on the market




SOSA Setting the Future Course of Embedded Military Electronics Systems   Streamlining US military capabilities, the new standard will enable rapid, affordable, cross-platform capability advancements based upon fundamentals of system, software, hardware, and electrical and mechanical engineering best practices and Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) principles to develop a solution that addresses Department of Defense (DoD) needs for a cohesive unified set of sensor capabilities.

The SOSA™ Consortium aims to create a common framework for transitioning sensor systems to an open systems architecture, based on key interfaces and open standards established by industry-government consensus. The open architecture supports airborne, subsurface, surface, ground, and space. The goal of The Open Group SOSA Consortium is to reduce development and integration costs and reduce time to field new sensor capabilities.



On September 14, 2021, Mercury Systems successfully demonstrated the Model 8256 Sensor Open Systems Architecture™ (SOSA) aligned Development Platform at the U.S. Army - FACE™ and SOSA Technical Interchange Meeting, proving true heterogenous interoperability with SOSA aligned products from several suppliers.

This Phase 2 platform highlights additional signal acquisition, time and frequency displays, and includes expanded system management capabilities.
  Mercury Systems Successfully Demonstrates a Ready-to-Run SOSA Aligned Sensor Processing Platform
Paul Mesibov, Vice President of Engineering, Mercury Mixed Signal

This Model 8256 development platform consists of:

  • an Elma Electronic 3U VPX chassis
  • Crossfield Technology IPMI software and ChassisBerry chassis manager
  • an Interface Concept backplane switch module (ComEth4590a)
  • a Concurrent Technology TR H4C single-board computer
  • and one Mercury Quartz® Model 5550 (or Model 5553), an eight-channel A/D and D/A converter 3U OpenVPX board based on the Xilinx® Zynq® UltraScale+™ RFSoC, all aligned with the SOSA Technical Standard.
Demo at the September meeting of Model 8256.Model 8256 3U VPX SOSA Aligned Development Platform, multi-vendor operation demonstration


For the latest pricing and availability information, please contact technical sales at +1 (201) 818-5900 or email: dl-sdl-techsales@mrcy.com
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