News | January 29, 2019

Abaco Announces FMC172 FMC Module With Industry-Leading Digital/Analog And Analog/Digital Performance For Advanced Electronic Warfare Applications

Responds to need for higher bandwidth, low latency, high sample rates • Provides customers with a straightforward migration path to higher performance

Abaco recently announced the FMC172 Wideband Low Latency FMC Module. Designed for customers developing advanced embedded computing applications in electronic warfare, digital radar, wide band receivers and wireless communications SDR among others, it brings industry leading ADC and DAC functionality on a single card.

The FMC172 is based on the latest high performance ADC device from Texas Instruments and DAC devices from E2V. It is the fastest ADC Abaco offers with LVDS interfaces, delivering up to 6.4 GSPS ADC on a single channel (or two channels @ 3.2 GSPS) and up to 6.0 GSPS DAC, making it among the fastest low-latency devices available on the market. The combination of the FMC172’s >6.0 GHz bandwidth, its high sample rate and low latency is ideal for advanced Digital RF Memory (DRFM) systems.

When paired with Abaco’s state-of-the-art FPGA carrier cards such as the VP889 or VP869, the FMC172 gives customers the platform to solve some of the most difficult challenges when designing modern DSP systems.

“The FMC172 provides customers with yet another option to expand bandwidth for analog receivers and transmitters,” said Peter Thompson, Vice President, Product Management at Abaco Systems. “Our previous generation FMC170 supported one channel at 5GSPS in both input and output; the FMC172 extends this to 6.4 GSPS at 10-bits, or two ADC channels at 3.2 GSPS. Many customers have monolithic FPGA with ADC cards in use, and it is challenging to update such a design to the latest ADC and DAC technology as moving forward would often require a complete board/system redesign.”

“The FMC172 is a prime example of how the evolving FMC standard allows customers who invest in this powerful mezzanine-based architecture can continue to evolve their analog I/O FPGA based systems with minimal changes to their existing DSP and FPGA architecture,” Thompson continued. “As such, it is very much aligned with our philosophy of providing our customers with a straightforward migration path that enables them to easily leverage the higher performance that new technologies bring.”

The FMC172 allows flexible control of clock source, sampling frequency, and calibration through I2C communication. The ADC has individual calibration circuits for fine-tuning of gain, offset, and phase. The card is equipped with power supply and temperature monitoring and offers several power-down modes to switch off unused functions or protect the card from overheating.

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SOURCE: Abaco Systems