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RF development platform speeds time-to-market

Posted: 29 May 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SMT8101? RF development platform? Marty Gold?

As digital systems design and development continues to accelerate, new tools to speed the process are in continual demand. With this in mind, the SMT8101 RF development platform has been launched by Sundance Digital Signal Processing Inc. Combining four cards into one PCI (full and compact) compatible board, the system promises to boost rapid prototyping and help development teams to get their products into production and to market quickly. It is also available in VME and stand-alone forms.

The SMT8101 has been developed as a 1GSps throughput ADC-DSP-DAC, COTS, development platform. As a modular TIM system, with Xilinx RocketIO serial I/Os for up to 1GBps interaction with other equipment, it is easy to set-up and connect with other TIMs and systems. The high-level development tool range includes Matlab Simulink-compatible Xilinx System Generator and 3L Diamond making it easy for users to program the SMT8101. A JTAG diagnostic port is provided to simplify and speed debugging.

With the explosion in HDTV applications, the SMT8101 is the ideal flexible, scalable and future-proof tool to help design teams meet current demands and those yet to be discovered. Equally, it will be more than match for multi-carrier/multi-standard cellular systems, high direct-IF infrastructures and RF test equipment applications.

The first of the four modules that make up the SMT8101 contains a 1GHz, 64bit TMS320C6416T DSP that boasts exceptional fixed point processing and is scalable using Xilinx Virtex II Pro FPGAs. The second module is capable of sampling two analog inputs at 1GSps with a resolution of 8bits.

An Atmel dual channel ADC (AT84AD001) performs the A/D conversion. From two signals provided by the DSP, the third module outputs two analogue signals with a resolution of 14bits at 1GSps. A Fujitsu dual channel DAC (MB86064) performs the D/A conversion.

The fourth module is a quad site module carrier developed to provide access to TIM modules over the PCI bus running at 33MHz with a 32bit data bus. The card has an 'on-board' JTAG ACT8990 controller. This allows Code Composer Studio and 3L Diamond applications to be used to debug/upload software to the modules.

Sure to interest the multi-carrier/multi-standard cellular systems developers is the implementation of CDMA and UMTS. This helps make the SMT8101 an ideal tool for creating 3G and beyond applications for the telecoms market.

- Marty Gold
eeProductCenter




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