Software Defined Radio and Electronic Warfare System

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By using a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)-based mission management system as a starting point, you can significantly speed up the development of a high-performance Software Defined Radio (SDR) and Electronic Warfare (EW) system through pre-qualification, pre-integration, and pre-validation from Curtiss-Wright. You can also customize it by adding application-specific software or expanding the base system with additional components required for your program needs.

Many new SDR EW systems are being deployed on small platforms that require sophisticated capabilities, such as gigahertz (GHz) sampling rates and FPGA-based processing. The Curtiss-Wright VPX3-530 ADC/DAC meets these requirements in a compact 3U OpenVPX form factor.

Curtiss-Wright’s SDR and EW system enables customers to select their preferred RF tuner and software applications (i.e. GNU Radio, Red Hawk, or SCA). By providing up to 16 analog inputs (12-bit up to 2 Gsps) and eight (14-bit < 2.8 Gsps) output channels, the SDR and EW system can easily interface L-band or S-band RF frequencies. The SDR is built from COTS products and consists of five 3U VPX modules, one XMC module, a power supply, backplane, and front panel assemblies housed in an MPMC-9354 chassis designed to operate in rugged environments.

Key Features

  • Intel Xeon Processor
  • 28VDC Power input per MIL-STD-704
  • FPGA-based ADCs and DACs
  • Data rates to 4 Gsps
  • Phase coherency across all channels
  • Auxiliary I/O options (1553, ARINC etc.)
  • Qualified to MIL-STD-810 and MIL-STD-461

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