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PMC module packs on-board Xilinx FPGA

Posted: 26 May 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PMC module? software designed radio? communications? FPGA?

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms has introduced the ICS-1556B 4-channel 400MHz 14bit ADC PCI mezzanine card (PMC) module designed for communication applications such as software defined radio (SDR), signals intelligence, digital receivers and tactical communications, where the requirement is to convert analog data into digital information in as close to real-time as possible.

The ICS-1556B's sample rate and resolution lends it to the VHF and UHF radio applications. It enables the potential of SDR and the interoperability of the new radio systems used by international military forces and public safety groups such as police, fire fighters, and paramedics.

The PMC module also includes an on-board Xilinx Virtex-5 SX95T FPGA to allow users to develop their own front end signal processing functionality and execute it at on the board. The capability provided by the FPGA allows the user to perform standard functions such as wideband digital down conversion, Fast Fourier Transform and Time Stamping. A hardware development kit provides support for users who wish to implement their own signal processing algorithms in the FPGA. Alternatively, GE Fanuc's FPGA applications programming team can develop FPGA cores specific to customer needs.

The ICS-1556B can be used with any type of carrier card that accepts a PMC module, including VME, VPX, PCI and CompactPCI. When used with an appropriate DSP/processor carrier card, it enables a single slot solution for a broad range of signal processing applications.

- Steve Bitton
Industrial Control Designline

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