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Digital RADAR/EW

Adaptable RFSoCs, SoC, and FPGAs enable Radar/ISR algorithms with the lowest cost and power

Overview

AMD Xilinx’s cutting-edge solutions enable today’s radar and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) systems to achieve mission success while future proofing those systems. Unlike the CPU or GPU, Adaptive SoCs such as Zynq® UltraScale+™ RFSoC and Versal® ACAP can be reprogrammed to change waveforms and algorithms as well as utilize the parallel processing capabilities of the programmable logic for super-sample rate signal processing. Zynq RFSoC, the 16nm MPSoC with monolithic integrated RF data converters, is essentially a radar on a chip or even a digital radio frequency memory (DRFM) on a chip. Versal ACAP FPGAs/SoC are the first choice for EW/ISR solutions, which offer the best-in-class size, weight, power, and cost (SWAPC).

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Beamforming

Adaptive beamforming is the standard for any radar system that requires precision tracking and/or guidance in a spectrum contested environment. With Versal ACAPs, radar designers no longer have to choose between performance and SWAP-C. The Versal ACAP’s adaptive beamforming solutions are data type agnostic, allowing designers to use any DSP data type (fixed, float, double) accelerated by AI Engines and DSP Engines. Versal Premium ACAPs offer complete solution that requires fixed point complex multiply accumulate and adds in fixed precision and matrix inversion using floating point. With 112G PAM4 transceivers and power-optimized ASIC-like cores, Versal Premium ACAPs enable secure networking to backend processing while supporting Ethernet, PCIe®, Interlaken, SRIO, or any custom interfaces.

Versal Premium ACAP

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Phased Array EW / Radar

As a single-chip TRX solution for scalable, multi-function, phased array radar, the Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC enables low latency transmit and receive for optimal response time in early warning scenarios.

  • Full L-Band Sampling
  • Partial S-Band Direct Sampling, Full S-Band at 2nd Nyquist
  • Partial C-Band Direct Sampling
  • Software and Hardware Reconfigurable

Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC


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Radar on a Chip

The Zynq RFSoC monolithically integrated 2.5GSPS ADCs (16) and 9.851GSPS DACs (16) have disrupted the digital radar array world! Designed for coherency, the Zynq RFSoC scales to any radar size—from 2 elements to 1000s of elements. The self-contained design is complete with 4200+ DSP, 16 x 32g GTs, ADCs, DACs, Quad A53s, and internal RAM. Just add antennas, power, clocks, and custom radar code. Imagine building such a system with discrete components. Not only would it need racks of VPX cards and high-power high-latency JESD204b data converters, but also a rigorous and costly ADC/DAC layout design.

Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC
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