FPGA mezzanine card offers higher analog sampling rates and improved SNR

08-06-2021 | Abaco Systems | Subs & Systems

Abaco Systems has released the FMC165 FPGA Mezzanine Card to its portfolio, allowing higher analog sampling rates, improved SNR, and improved multi-board synchronisation processes from earlier generations. Beneficial in applications with direct RF down conversion, including radar/sonar, software-defined radio, and ultra-wide-band satellite digital receivers for defence, medical equipment, aerospace, and test instrumentation solutions.

The device can be combined with any FMC/ FMC+ compatible carrier in an air-cooled configuration and in either air-cooled or conduction-cooled environments with the company's FPGA carrier cards. This new card provides for flexible control of clock source through serial communication buses and is furnished with power supply and temperature monitoring, allowing several power-down modes to switch off unused functions to lessen system-level power consumption.

Recognising the demand for innovative approaches to existing products, the device extends the lifecycle of the existing FMC160 product with a technology upgrade. The addition of the Texas Instruments ADC32RF4x ADC increases the sampling rate and dynamic range, increasing analog input capabilities over the current product to increase customers' performance.

According to Pete Thompson, VP of Product Management of Abaco Systems, “We are committed to supplying products which will meet the new challenges our customers bring us, especially in evolving warfare environments, and the FMC165 accomplishes the goal. Abaco is at the forefront of innovation and delivers an enhancement on a mature product to meet new requirements for our customer's specific needs.”

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