Spectrum Announces New Frequency Agile Wideband 200 MHz – 2.5 GHz RF Transceiver for SDR and SIGINT Applications

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The RF-4902 provides high-linearity, wideband, frequency agile RF conversion and Virtex-5 FPGA processing over the UHF, VHF, L-Band and ISM bands in a single-slot, rugged 3U CompactPCI form factor.

Spectrum is extremely excited to offer a rugged, wideband, frequency-agile RF transceiver solution optimized for use in the both the lab and in a deployed environment.

Spectrum today announced the addition of a wideband, frequency-agile RF transceiver to its family of high-performance analog, I/O, and processing solutions: the RF-4902. The RF-4902 provides customers with RF-to-digital baseband capability in a compact single-slot rugged 3U CompactPCI (cPCI) card for use in applications including software-defined radio (SDR), tactical military communications (MILCOM), and signals intelligence (SIGINT).

“Spectrum is extremely excited to offer a rugged, wideband, frequency-agile RF transceiver solution optimized for use in the both the lab and in a deployed environment,” said Douglas Fast, President of Spectrum. “The RF-4902 instantly provides wideband RF capability to Spectrum’s popular SDR-4000 “IF-to-Ethernet” software defined radio (SDR) platform, and can be easily integrated into other third party platforms and with a variety of baseband processing sub-systems.”

The RF-4902 features the following:

  • High linearity, wideband RF tuner/exciter, 200 MHz to 2.5 GHz (UHF, VHF, L-Band, ISM)
  • Up to 195 MHz receive analog bandwidth and 400 MHz transmit analog bandwidth
  • Supports fast frequency-hopping applications (20 microsecond tuning switch time)
  • Multi-board synchronization for phase-coherent sampling applications such as beam forming, direction finding (DF), emitter location and SIGINT
  • On-board user-programmable Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA for signal processing functions such as channelization (DDC/DUC), demodulation/modulation and error correction.
  • Rugged 3U CompactPCI conduction-cooled or air-cooled form factor
  • Rapid customization to satisfy project or application specific requirements.
  • Canadian designed and manufactured - not subject to US ITAR restrictions

The RF-4902 is fully compatible with Spectrum’s SDR-4000 3U cPCI Software Defined Radio (SDR) platform and comes with Spectrum’s quicComm™ software suite which includes drivers, API, FPGA interface libraries, and reference examples to enable developers to rapidly develop their application and integrate their systems. A board support package (BSP) to support the Software Communications Architecture (SCA) is also available.

The RF-4902 is available for sale in North America and to most countries internationally, and is not subject to US ITAR restrictions. Spectrum will be demonstrating the RF-4902 at this year’s SDR ’10 Wireless Innovation Conference and Product Exposition.

Call us today at 1.800.663.8986 to order. For more information, visit http://www.spectrumsignal.com.

ABOUT SPECTRUM SIGNAL PROCESSING BY VECIMA
Spectrum Signal Processing designs and builds board and system-level hardware solutions for demanding signal and video processing applications. Spectrum combines high-performance data acquisition (RF, analog and digital I/O) and reconfigurable signal and video processing hardware with its best-in-class support and engineering services to enable customers to rapidly develop and then deploy their products and systems. Spectrum has worked with both commercial and military customers worldwide to develop and deliver solutions optimized for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), video, military (MILCOM) communications and satellite communications (SATCOM) markets. For more information on Spectrum and its products, please visit http://www.spectrumsignal.com. Spectrum is part of Vecima Networks Inc and its products are designed and manufactured in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. See http://www.vecima.com for more information on Vecima.

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