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GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms - ICS-1554 Digital Receiver

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GE Fanuc Embedded Systems
: 27 February, 2008  (New Product)
16-bit A/D conversion at up to 160 MHz sampling frequency ideal for Software Defined Radio

• Onboard Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA
• Four Graychip GC4016 digital down-converters
• PMC format for VME, VPX, PCI, CompactPCI applications
Extending the company’s leadership in the field of analog to digital conversion (ADC), GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms today announced the ICS-1554 PMC Module which will be shown at IDGA’s 6th Annual Software Radio Summit (February 25 - 28, Vienna VA). With four 16‑bit ADCs sampling synchronously at frequencies up to 160 MHz, no competing product provides better throughput in demanding applications such as communications, radar, wireless test and measurement, 3G and 4G cellular base station development, signal intelligence, smart antenna, radar beam forming and satellite ground stations. Combining the ICS-1554 with an appropriate host processor offers a very powerful single slot IF processing solution for software defined radio applications.

Simultaneous down conversion of up to 16 arbitrary signal bands is implemented by four Graychip GC4016 digital down converters. A Xilinx Virtex‑5 SX95 FPGA is provided for user-defined signal processing functions, giving greater capacity and lower power consumption than previous generations of GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms digital receivers. The FPGA, which is almost 100% available to the application, provides a powerful signal processing capability that can be loaded with standard functions such as wide band DDC, FFT and time stamping, or programmed by the user.

“Our extensive experience and expertise in this field is demonstrated by the fact that this is the sixth ICS-554 family product to be announced,” said Jon Jones, Sensor Processing Technology Leader at GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms. “The ICS-1554 responds to the need of systems designers to achieve maximum resolution in analog to digital conversion by integrating state of the art AD silicon, while their need for maximum signal processing flexibility is fulfilled by the latest FPGA technology from Xilinx. We believe that its unique combination of features will make the ICS-1554 extremely attractive in a wide range of applications, but especially software defined radio.”

The ICS-1554 achieves its industry-leading performance in part through the implementation of four Graychip digital down-converters, while support for simultaneous wide- and narrow-band operation is enabled by the use of dual decoupled FIFO memory. 64 User I/Os connected directly from the FPGA to the Pn4 connector provide an alternative high-speed data path from the module. The I/O pins support LVTTL and LVDS transmit signaling and can be factory-configured for LVDS receive operation.

Included is a Hardware Development Kit (HDK) providing support for users who wish to implement their own signal processing algorithms in the FPGA. Alternatively, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms can develop FPGA cores specific to customer needs.
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