The principal Ampex products are high-capacity, high-performance digital storage systems capable of functioning in demanding environments on land, at sea or in the air. Ampex products are principally used in applications to gather digital images and other data from aircraft, satellites and submarines. These products are also used in flight and sensor test applications.
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Network File Servers & Mission Recorders
The TuffCORD has storage to 2+ TB, performance in excess of 200Mb/sec and is deigned to meet infortmation assurance requirements. The TuffServ family includes the fastest ruggedised Network File Servers on the market, with up to 40GB/s record and 100+TB removable storage.
Cyber Security & Machine Learning
BLUE Lightning is an industrial control system ap[ploianxce that detects malware intrusionsat the lowest digital level. It is the optimal device on the market to detect spoofing attacks. BLUE IQ is a rugged machine learning device built on GPU based Neural Networks that apply content analytics in real-time to manage data, train networks and enhance security.
Recording & Data Processing
The nano-R family consists of three parts: nano-R Intelligent Storage Elements (ISEs), which are rugged, removable modules that take the place of traditional removable memory bricks; the nano-R Deck, into which the ISEs are inserted; and the nano-R Controller, a detachable touchscreen handset.
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Abaco announces FMC172 FMC Module with Industry-Leading Digital/Analog and Analog/Digital Performance for Advanced Electronic Warfare Applications
Abaco announced the FMC172 Wideband Low Latency FMC Module. Designed for customers developing advanced embedded computing applications in electronic warfare, digital radar, wide band receivers and wireless communications SDR among others, it brings industry leading ADC and DAC functionality on a single card.
The FMC172 is based on the latest high performance ADC device from Texas Instruments and DAC devices from E2V. It is the fastest ADC Abaco offers with LVDS interfaces, delivering up to 6.4 GSPS ADC on a single channel (or two channels @ 3.2 GSPS) and up to 6.0 GSPS DAC, making it among the fastest low-latency devices available on the market. The combination of the FMC172’s >6.0 GHz bandwidth, its high sample rate and low latency is ideal for advanced Digital RF Memory (DRFM) systems.
When paired with Abaco’s state-of-the-art FPGA carrier cards such as the VP889 or VP869, the FMC172 gives customers the platform to solve some of the most difficult challenges when designing modern DSP systems.
“The FMC172 provides customers with yet another option to expand bandwidth for analog receivers and transmitters,” said Peter Thompson, Vice President, Product Management at Abaco Systems. “Our previous generation FMC170 supported one channel at 5GSPS in both input and output; the FMC172 extends this to 6.4 GSPS at 10-bits, or two ADC channels at 3.2 GSPS. Many customers have monolithic FPGA with ADC cards in use, and it is challenging to update such a design to the latest ADC and DAC technology as moving forward would often require a complete board/system redesign.”
“The FMC172 is a prime example of how the evolving FMC standard allows customers who invest in this powerful mezzanine-based architecture can continue to evolve their analog I/O FPGA based systems with minimal changes to their existing DSP and FPGA architecture,” Thompson continued. “As such, it is very much aligned with our philosophy of providing our customers with a straightforward migration path that enables them to easily leverage the higher performance that new technologies bring.”
The FMC172 allows flexible control of clock source, sampling frequency, and calibration through I2C communication. The ADC has individual calibration circuits for fine-tuning of gain, offset, and phase. The card is equipped with power supply and temperature monitoring and offers several power-down modes to switch off unused functions or protect the card from overheating.
On the occasion of the Embedded World Exhibition & Conference (Nuremberg, 26.2.- 28.2. 2019) EKF will introduce the SC6-TANGO, a low power CompactPCI® Serial CPU board, based on an Intel® Atom™ E39xxseries System-on-Chip processor (Apollo Lake APL-I).
The front panel is provided with two Gigabit Ethernet jacks (option M12 X-coded),
two USB 3.0 Type-A receptacles, and two DisplayPort monitor connectors.
The board is equipped with 8GB directly soldered DDR3L ECC RAM, and a CFast™ card socket, for use as removable SATA SSD.
Optionally available is an on-board 64GByte e•MMC flash memory chip. Further more, a low profile dual M.2 SATA SSD mezzanine module is available as additional mass storage solution (4HP envelope), and also a multifunction side card (8HP front width). The SC6-TANGO backplane connectors provide a CompactPCI Serial system with 4 x PCIe and optionally 2 x GbE. Due to its robustness and very low power consumption, the card is also suitable as stand-alone solution (IoT & Edge computing).
There is growing demand for private broadband cellular networks from governments, defence, military and search and rescue organisations, institutions involved in public safety and disaster relief, and industries with remote and distributed facilities, such as oil and gas exploration. These organisations are specifying systems that work with commercial networks and equipment, so they can lower costs by using standard devices (smart phones, tablets) and existing infrastructure to access their private networks.
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Abaco announces powerful new 3U VPX Video/Graphics/GPGPU Boards based on NVIDIA Pascal GPU Technology
Abaco Systems announced the rugged 3U VPX GR2 and GR4 video and graphics cards. Designed for military and defence applications as well as challenging commercial/industrial applications, both feature the newest generation NVIDIA® Pascal™ GPUs, enabling them to deliver up to 6.4 TeraFLOPS of performance and offer up to 4.5x the performance of their predecessor, Abaco’s GRA113 video/graphics board.
The two new products are the first fruits of Abaco’s previously announced collaboration with EIZO Rugged Solutions.
The GR4 features full video capture and output, while the GR2 provides a cost-effective alternative for customers only requiring video output. As well as graphics and video applications, both are ideal for GPGPU applications that can leverage the enormously parallel nature of the Pascal architecture, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, autonomous systems and high performance embedded computing (HPEC) applications such as ISR, C4ISR and remote sensing/analysis.
A choice of processor is available for both the GR2 and GR4. For particularly challenging applications, the NVIDIA Quadro® P5000 with 16 GBytes of GDDR5 memory is capable of delivering up to 6.4 TeraFLOPS of throughput from 2,048 CUDA cores. For less demanding applications, or those where lower power consumption/heat dissipation is a priority, the NVIDIA Quadro P3000 with 6 GBytes of GDDR5 memory and 1,280 cores provides up to 3.9 TeraFLOPS of peak FP32 performance.
The conduction-cooled GR4 supports PCI Express™ 3.0 (8- or 4- lane) and features four 3G-SDI video inputs/outputs and one DisplayPort™ output providing support for 4K resolution. Video encode/decode uses either the HEVC/H.265 or AVC/H.264 codec.
The GR2 includes two DisplayPort outputs from the rear P2 VPX connector, and supports PCI Express 3.0 (16-, 8- or 4- lane). It is available in either an air-cooled or conduction-cooled variant.
Both the GR4 and GR2 support CUDA™ and OpenCL™, and are available with Windows® and Linux® drivers.
In Part III of our tutorial series, Elma’s technical product expert Michael Munroe describes the ins and outs of RF and optical connectivity using backplane apertures. Learn how OpenVPX addresses the high speed and high signal integrity needs of mission-critical applications by bringing RF and optical connectors to system backplanes in a straightforward modular fashion.
Parts I and II can be found here.
Part I, The Fundamentals, discusses the evolution of the standard, it's operational advantages and general architectural terms and definitions.
Part II, Understanding Profiles, examines the purpose of slot profiles and module profiles in defining VPX board connectivity.
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Abaco's SRS6000 Multi-Channel Synchronous Receiver System significantly reduces Time to Market for Advanced Electronic Warfare Applications
The SRS6000 leverages Abaco’s leadership in FPGA hardware platforms and solutions and brings a new level of application-specific functionality, helping customers accelerate their development process and get to a solution faster by obviating the need for in-house development that can be time-consuming and costly.
The SRS6000 is unique in a number of ways. Out of the box, it delivers the ability to synchronise up to 32 1GSPS ADC channels with a remarkable picosecond jitter. It is also scalable, with the potential to daisy-chain up to eight systems for a total of 256 synchronised channels in the most demanding applications. The SRS6000 also features an auto-calibration capability, meaning that it will automatically adjust its calibration routine in response to changes in cabling or setup. Migration to a deployed, rugged 3U VPX system is straightforward.
Target applications include MIMO radar, beamforming, direction finding and multi-channel listening.
“Multi-element arrays like those found in radar and other RF apertures are increasingly driving the requirement for tight synchronisation between many channels – sometimes in the thousands,” said Peter Thompson, Vice President, Product Management at Abaco Systems. “The SRS6000 provides the precision and channel density required by many of these applications.”
“Ensuring synchronisation and deterministic latency through calibration is critical in any system - but calibrating a system with multiple converters can be a challenge to achieve,” continued Thompson. “The SRS6000 is designed for customers looking to jumpstart an electronic warfare or SIGINT development and who need to accelerate their proof of concept. It provides a new degree of precision, performance and extensibility – while at the same time helping customers minimise the time, cost and risk involved in bringing advanced electronic warfare solutions to market.”
With two Intel® 2.2GHz Xeon E5 processors and five Xilinx® Ultrascale™ FPGAs, the SRS6000 provides server grade processing for the most computationally-intensive applications. Additionally, PCIe™ Gen3x8 and FireFly™ x8 fiber optic interconnects provide extreme throughput for powerful streaming.
The most popular single-board computer by far has received an update. Although not originally specified for industrial use, Raspberry Pi-based computers are often used in the sector today. The Raspberry Pi Foundation has now gone one better with the launch of the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ module, granting the wishes of professional users for a faster CPU, dual-band wireless LAN and long-term availability.
The new module is now also available in Janz Tec’s two tried-and-tested systems, the emPC-A/RPI3+ embedded PC and the emVIEW-7/RPI3+ 7” panel PC.