Mercury unveils first signal processing board to feature Intel’s direct RF technology

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Mercury Systems has introduced a new COTS open-architecture board that delivers the latest commercial signal processing technology for aerospace and defence applications.

Designed to drive higher performance from a smaller form factor, the DRF3182 Direct RF Processing Module is the first standard product purpose-built for the aerospace and defence industry that leverages Intel’s Stratix 10 AX SoC field programmable gate array (FPGA), which adds a key capability to the Mercury Processing Platform by enabling the direct digitisation and processing of broadband RF signals.

Unlike traditional systems that use analogue frequency conversion hardware, direct RF technology allows the direct processing of broadband signals. This streamlined architecture reduces the total system size and cost while increasing flexibility.

Designed for radar and electronic warfare (EW), this technology can enhance a wide range of applications including software-defined radio and communications.

“To maintain technological superiority in today’s complex geopolitical landscape, next-generation radar and EW systems must leverage the latest commercially developed signal processing semiconductor devices,” said Kevin Beals, Vice President and General Manager of Mercury’s Signal business. “The DRF3182 Direct RF Processing Module utilises Intel’s latest direct RF technology to significantly increase the processing density of modern radar and EW systems.”

The DRF3182 Direct RF Processing Module features:

  • Four 10-bit ADC channels and four 10-bit DAC channels at 51.2 GSPS
  • Intel Stratix 10 AX-Series SOC FPGA
  • Ku band range from 2 – 18 GHz range
  • Six 100 GigE data plane interfaces for an aggregate throughput rate of 75 GB/sec
  • 3U OpenVPX form factor