Channeliser IP supports up to 16 wideband inputs

9th June 2017
Posted By : Mick Elliott
Channeliser IP supports up to 16 wideband inputs

The latest significant release of its advanced FPGA-based channeliser IP – ChannelCore Flex - was featured by RFEL at EW Europe. This latest enhancement offers support for up to 16 wideband inputs, each capable of processing several GHz of bandwidth. With arbitrary input parallelism, theoretically, the input bandwidth of each input is unlimited.

Hence, for an example with 16x input parallelism, a single IP core can now simultaneously process more than 50GHz of bandwidth. 

Alternatively, the same core could be used to process a 16-channel Direction Finding (DF) array with over 3GHz of bandwidth per channel.

RFEL was joined on its stand by Novator Solutions, a key reseller of RFEL IP.   Through Novator, LabVIEW users are able to access RFEL’s channeliser IP as a toolkit available on the National Instruments LabVIEW tools network.  

Novator Solutions is the first commercial customer for this new ChannelCore Flex release and has integrated the IP into the heart of its new NC-10 USRP channeliser system.   

The NC-10 uses the Ettus USRP X310 hardware platform featuring a Xilinx Kintex7-410T FPGA.  This ubiquitous platform now offers a dual, twin-Rx input stage offering a 4 input channels each with an 80 MHz input BW.  

ChannelCore Flex processes this 320MHz bandwidth in a single core, and in this configuration provides up to 512 run-time programmable channels.  The NC-10 is capable of being commanded and configured remotely via TCP/IP over Ethernet. 

The data product is then available over a separate UDP port to be streamed to data consumers/analysts wherever they are located. 

The combination of RFEL IP and Novator’s hardware integration meets the increasing need for ever wider bandwidth monitoring using COTS platforms and allows users to access this class-leading technology using industry standard tools and environments such as LabVIEW.

Also in this release, RFEL has dramatically enhanced the Spurious Free Dynamic Range performance. 

Two additional configurations are now offered, with either 100dB or 120dB of spurious free processing range, providing a real operational benefit to COMINT applications.

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