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VP880 - Advanced Signal Processing Board

Abaco Systems Announces Advanced Signal Processing Board for Electronic Warfare Applications

• VP880 offers market-leading DSP capability for 3U VPX systems
• Designed for the most demanding, mission critical military/defense applications
• Features Xilinx Ultrascale FPGA and Zynq Ultrascale+ multiprocessor system-on-chip (MPSoC) technology to deliver high performance, optimum flexibility

Responding to the signal processing market need for integrated embedded processors tightly coupled with configurable FPGA logic and highly adaptable I/O, Abaco Systems – the world leader in VITA technology boards according to IHS - has announced the innovative 3U VPX VP880 rugged high performance signal processing board, the latest expansion of its 4DSP advanced RF and DSP product line. The first FMC+ (VITA 57) FPGA carrier to feature Xilinx® UltraScale™ FPGA and Zynq® UltraScale+™ multiprocessor system-on-chip (MPSoC) technology for 3U VPX, the VP880 gives customers more computational resources for digital signal processing than have previously been available for the form factor. It also features 10 GBytes of onboard memory – around twice that typically available on alternative products.

The VP880 is designed for the most demanding, mission critical military/defense applications such as electronic warfare/DRFM, radar/sonar image processing, satellite communications systems, multi-channel digital transmission/reception and advanced digital beamforming.

Configurable serial interface options, as well as a variety of FPGA densities, provide customers the flexibility to select the device size and family that best fits their application, technical and cost requirements without the expense, risk and time associated with custom board development.

In line with Abaco’s commitment to maximizing return on customer investment and minimizing long term cost of ownership, the VP880 mitigates the impact of obsolescence for existing or future customers by allowing for rapid migration to future FPGA devices, while its adherence to industry standards assures both flexibility and longevity.

The VP880 offers unsurpassed I/O flexibility through its support for Abaco’s extensive range of FMC and FMC+ cards as well as third party cards, and exceptional bandwidth - up to 300 Gbits/second digital serial bandwidth to and from modular I/O devices. It can be populated with I/O capable of greater than 5 GHz data rate, or modules with up to 16 channels per card, giving customers the ability to address several system parameters from wide-band low-latency to multi-channel coherent systems.

Backplane options with up to eight coax I/O links (VITA 67) and 24 full duplex optical links (VITA 66) enable data acquisition and high bandwidth digital communication without requiring access to the front panel in conduction-cooled applications.

Responding to the customer requirement for IP security, the VP880 is capable of advanced encrypted bit streams and secure boot capability, enabled by Xilinx tools.

“Next generation signal processing systems require more bandwidth and more processing capability at lower power and size,” said Mrinal Iyengar, VP, Product Management at Abaco Systems. “The VP880 helps customers meet these often conflicting requirements on an open COTS platform, and delivers the performance, flexibility and rugged reliability that enable them to overcome their most demanding application challenges.”

A fully-featured open board support package (BSP) is available with the VP880 to reduce the risk, effort and time involved in program integration. The support package includes reference designs, Stellar IP, an FPGA development tool that facilitates customers’ FPGA design, rapid development, and integration of custom IP; and the 4FM GUI, a user interface for controlling and monitoring the hardware.


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