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SWITCHBLADE Integrated Digital Tuner Overview

OVERVIEW of Our Products:

SWITCHBLADE 6U VPX Digital Signal Processing Card
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SWITCHBLADE 3U VPX Digital Signal Processing Card
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SWITCHBLADE 2-CH 80MHz/6GHz Digital Tuner Receiver Module
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SWITCHBLADE 1-CH 600MHz/6.3GHz/18GHz
Digital Tuner Receiver Module
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SWITCHBLADE 1-CH 600MHz/18GHz Digital Tuner Transmit Module
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SWITCHBLADE 16x12 Non-blocking Switch
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SWITCHBLADE Mini Digital Signal Processing Card

80MHz or 600MHz IBW per channel
(640MHz to 2.4GHz total IBW) • Coherent
1.5MHz to 6GHz or 18GHz TX/RX
Native 640MHz BW Transmit

The SWITCHBLADE multi-channel Coherent Wideband Digital Tuner consists of the Azure 6U or 3U VPX Digital Signal Processing Carrier Board. The 6U SWITCHBLADE supports up to 4 individual tuner daughter modules while the 3U has the capability to support 2 tuner daughter modules. Both SWITCHBLADE Digital Tuners are designed to be able to plug into a standard 1” pitch conduction cooled VPX chassis.

The SWITCHBLADE tuners can provide analog or digital IF outputs. Analog IF outputs are over the front panel and digital IF (VITA 49) outputs are available over the VPX data plane and expansion planes. Digital IF output can be resampled or decimated for lower sample rates as required. The data and expansion plane protocols are configurable for 10GbE, Aurora, PCIe 3.0, Infiniband, SRIO, 40GbE and other SERDES interfaces.

SWITCHBLADE provides runtime configurable coherency modes for spatial processing and DF. The FPGA and DSP resources can be configured at runtime to do other signal processing tasks other than the VITA 49 digital IF output, to include greater than 1000 narrowband IQ streams across 640MHz instantaneous bandwidth, N-channel DF processing, beamforming or a wideband high-dynamic range mode (single 640MHz BW output). Up to 2.4GHz IBW when using four 600MHz modules. 80MHz and 600MHz modules (RX and TX) can be mixed on a single card. Multiple SWITCHBLADE cards can be cascaded where more than 8-channel coherency is required.

Azure is constantly updating the capabilities of its SWITCHBLADE product line and is currently evolving the 2-channel 80MHz tuner module to a 20GHz 8-channel 160MHz IBW daughterboard as well as designing a 20GHz 4-channel transceiver daughterboard with 2GHz IBW per channel.

SWITCHBLADE 6U VPX Digital Signal Processing Card

SWITCHBLADE 6U VPX Digital Signal Processing Card

Two Xilinx® Virtex-7™ FPGAs • TI Keystone-II™ DSP
6GB DDR3 • 400Gbps Data BW

Part Number: AS6-100-000

Azure’s SWITCHBLADE subsystems and associated components is a premier product family that provides fully-adaptive & coherent multi-channel sensing for spatial processing and direction finding (DF).

The SWITCHBLADE Signal Processing Board provides the foundation for an 8-channel RF signal acquisition and direction finding (DF) system in a single 6U VPX card. Four mezzanine sites are available for either 2-Channel 80MHz Receiver, 600MHz IBW Wideband Transmitter or Receiver to 18.3GHz.

The mezzanines are controlled by onboard Xilinx® Virtex-7™ FPGAs which also implement resampling and VITA 49 Digital IF. The FPGAs have been sized to allow for complex signal processing, to include RADAR pulse processing, beam-forming, detection, recognition and spatial DF. An onboard Keystone-II chip provides additional enhanced signal processing with its quad-core ARM processors and octal-core DSP processors.

Azure provided open APIs and ICDs (FDK/SDK).

FEATURES:

  • 6U VPX form factor, 1.0” pitch, conduction cooled
  • 8-Channel phase coherent, or 8-channel independent (or a mixture) RF processing
  • Local or external LO distribution
  • On-board signal processing (DF, Beamforming, channelizers, etc.)
  • VITA65 OpenVPX Payload
  • MOD6-PER.4F2U-XXXX
  • VITA49 Digital IF to backplane
  • Control Plane Fabric
    • 2x 1GbE Ultra-thin pipe
  • Data Plane
    • 1x 10GbE
    • 3x 4-lane Aurora
    • Can be configured for other data plane fabrics
  • P5 Data Plane
    • 1x 10GbE
    • 3x 4-lane Aurora
    • Configurable
  • Other Rear IO
    • Configurable GPIO
    • Serial RS-232
  • Front IO
    • IF and RF LOs in/out
    • RF input (8x)
    • IF output (8x)
    • External clock
    • 1 PPS & 10MHz (front and backplane)
    • Cal/TX output
    • Configurable GPIO
    • Serial RS-232
  • 2 Virtex-7™ 690T FPGAs
  • TI Keystone-II™ DSP
  • 6GB DDR3 Memory
  • Onboard transmitter
    • 640MHz IBW
    • 1MHz to 6GHz
    • Complex Waveform Generation
    • 0dBm Max output
  • 4 mezzanines capable of supporting:
    • 80MHz 2-channel RX
    • 600MHz IBW TX to 18GHz
    • 600MHz IBW RX to 18GHz
    • Custom/Future Modules

SWITCHBLADE 3U VPX Digital Signal Processing Card

SWITCHBLADE 3U VPX Digital Signal Processing Card

Xilinx Versal® UltraScale+™ • 8GB DDR4
400 Gbps Data/Expansion Planes

Part Number: AS3-100-000

Azure’s SWITCHBLADE subsystems and associated components is a premier product family that provides fully-adaptive & coherent multi-channel sensing for spatial processing and direction finding (DF).

The SWITCHBLADE 3U VPX Signal Processing Board provides the foundation for a 4-channel RF signal acquisition and direction finding (DF) system in a single 3U VPX card. Two mezzanine sites are available for either 2-Channel 80MHz IBW Tuner modules to 6GHz or 600MHz IBW single-channel Transmitter or Receiver module with frequency coverage up to 18GHz.

The mezzanine modules are controlled by an onboard Xilinx Versal™ VM1802 which also implements resampling and VITA 49 Digital IF. The Versal has been sized to allow for complex signal processing, to include RADAR pulse processing, beamforming, detection, recognition and spatial DF and can be upgraded to the Versal AI part (VC1902) with 400 AI engines.

Azure provided open APIs and ICDs (SDK/FDK).

FEATURES:

  • 3U VPX form factor, 1.0” pitch, conduction cooled
  • Can hold 80MHz or 600MHz modules in phase-coherent or independent operation
  • Local or external LO distribution
  • On-board signal processing (DF, Beamforming, channelizers, etc.)
  • SOSA aligned to the RF Intensive Compute Profile (14.6.11-6)
  • VITA49 Digital IF to backplane
  • Control Plane Fabric
    • 1x 1GbE Ultra-thin pipe
  • VITA 67.3C (2x 100GbE optical and 20 RF) backplane
  • 8GB DDR4 Memory
  • Onboard BIT
  • Xilinx Versal™ VM1802 or VC1902
  • Card I/O
    • IF and RF LO in/out
    • RF input (4x)
    • Analog IF output
    • 1 PPS & 10MHz Ref
    • Cal/TX output
    • Configurable GPIO
    • Serial RS-232
    • 100GbE Data Plane
    • PCIe 4.0 x4
    • 2x 100GbE Optical
  • 2 mezzanines capable of supporting various RF modules
    • 80MHz 2-channel RX
    • 600MHz IBW TX to 18GHz
    • 600MHz IBW RX to 18GHz
    • Custom/Future Modules

SWITCHBLADE 2-CH 80MHz/6GHz Digital Tuner Receiver Module

SWITCHBLADE 2-CH 80MHz/6GHz Digital Tuner Receiver Module

80MHz IBW per channel • Coherent • 1.5MHz to 6GHz

Part Number: ASD-100-000

The SWITCHBLADE 2-Channel Digital Tuner Module is a plug-in RF module for the SWITCHBLADE digital signal processing carrier board. The tuner is designed to plug into the SWITCHBLADE card as part of an 8-channel coherent system (Clocks, RF and IF LOs are phase aligned across all modules). Tuner channels can also be run independently to allow for 640MHz IBW single channel capability on one card.

Each 2-channel module provides two 240MSPS (JESD204B) digital outputs to the carrier board for further processing or decimation and transmission over the backplane as wideband digital IF (VITA 49).

Analog IF at 180MHz is also available for legacy systems and can be set to 160MHz with minor degradation in IBW if desired.

FEATURES:

  • Number of channels: 2
  • Frequency:
    • 1.5-90MHz (HF Bypass)
    • 90MHz – 6GHz (Heterodyne)
    • < 150 us tune time (10kHz)
    • < 0.05ppm Accuracy (10MHz Ref)
  • Instantaneous BW: 80MHz
  • IF Center Frequency: 180MHz
  • Phase Noise: < 0.4° (typical)
  • Jitter: < 250fs total system jitter
  • Dynamic Range: > 85dB SFDR (7.5kHz RBW)
  • Linearity: IIP3 > +4dBm
  • Noise Figure: < 12 dB (typical)
  • RF Gain Control:
    • MGC & AGC with Selectable Modes
    • 60 dB Gain Control (-30 to +30 dB)
  • IF Selectivity: > 75 dB (typical)
  • Image Rejection > 75dB (typical)
  • Internal spurious: < -115dBm (typical)
  • Max Safe Input No Damage: < +25dBm
  • Digital Output:
    • 14-bit
    • 240MSPS
    • 70dBFS SNR
    • 85dBc SFDR
  • Power: < 6 Watts per channel
  • Size: 1.6” x 4.8”

SWITCHBLADE 1-CH 600MHz/6.3GHz/18GHz Digital Tuner Receiver Module

SWITCHBLADE 1-CH 600MHz/6.3GHz/18GHz Digital Tuner Receiver Module

600MHz IBW per channel • Coherent • 80 MHz to 6.3 GHz

Part Number: ASD-200-000

600MHz IBW per channel • Coherent • 80 MHz to 18.3 GHz

Part Number: ASD-200-001

The SWITCHBLADE 1-Channel 600MHz IBW Digital Tuner Module is a plug-in RF module for the SWITCHBLADE family of digital signal processing carrier boards. The tuner is designed to plug into any SWITCHBLADE mainboard as part of multi-channel coherent system (Clocks, RF and IF LOs are phase aligned across all modules). With multiple modules on a card, tuner channels can also be run independently to allow for up to 2.4GHz IBW of high dynamic range capability on one 6U VPX mainboard. 600MHz RX modules, TX modules and 80MHz 2-channel modules can be mixed on a single 6U or 3U SWITCHBLADE mainboard as needed to meet mission requirements.
Each 600MHz module provides a 16-bit 1.4GSPS (JESD204B) digital input to the mainboard for further processing or decimation and transmission over the backplane as wideband digital IF (VITA 49).

FEATURES:

  • Number of channels: 1
  • Frequency:
    • 80 MHz – 6.3 GHz or 18.3GHz (Heterodyne)
    • < 80 us tune time
    • < 0.005 ppm Accuracy from 10MHz Reference
  • Instantaneous BW: 600MHz
  • Analog IF Center Frequency: 1.08 GHz
  • Digital IF Center Frequency
    • 1.0GHz @ 1.333GSPS Real
    • 1.0GHz @ 666.66MSPS Complex
  • Phase Noise: < 0.6°
  • Dynamic Range: > 70dBc SFDR
  • Linearity:
    • IIP3 > +2dBm
  • Sub-Octave Overlapping Pre-selectors
  • Noise Figure:
    • < 16 dB
  • IF Rejection: > 70 dB
  • RF Mixer Image Rejection: > 70dB
  • RF Gain Control:
    • MGC & AGC with Selectable Modes
    • 60 dB Gain Control (-30 to +30 dB)
  • Internal spurious: < -104dBm
  • Max Safe Input No Damage: < +13dBm
  • Digital Output:
    • 14-bit ADC
    • 16-bit I&Q JESD204B
  • >70dBFS SNR
  • >80dBc SFDR
  • Power: < 10 Watts per channel
  • Size: 1.6” x 4.8”

SWITCHBLADE 1-CH 600MHz/18GHz Digital Tuner Transmit Module

SWITCHBLADE 1-CH 600MHz/18GHz Digital Tuner Transmit Module

600MHz IBW • Coherent • 1.5 MHz to 18.3 GHz

ASD-300-001

The SWITCHBLADE 1-Channel 600MHz IBW Digital Transmit Module is a plug-in RF module for the SWITCHBLADE family of digital signal processing carrier boards. The tuner is designed to plug into any SWITCHBLADE card as part of multi-channel coherent system (Clocks, RF and IF LOs are phase aligned across all modules).

With multiple modules on a card, tuner channels can also be run independently to allow for up to 2.4GHz IBW of high dynamic range transmit capability on one 6U card.
600MHz TX modules, 600MHz RX modules and 80MHz 2-channel modules can be mixed on a single 6U or 3U SWITCHBLADE mainboard.
Each 600MHz module provides a 16-bit 1.4GSPS (JESD204B) digital input from the mainboard. The mainboard FPGA can ingest streaming VITA 49.2, ingest Receiver tuner data for signal processing and transmit or produce parametric signals for transmit. Customers can use the FDK to design their own waveform transmit capability.

FEATURES:

  • Number of channels: 1
  • Frequency:
    • 1.5 MHz – 18.3GHz
    • < 80 us tune time
    • < 0.05ppm Accuracy from 10MHz Reference
  • Instantaneous BW: 600MHz
  • Analog IF Center Frequency: 1.08 GHz
  • Phase Noise: < 0.6°
  • TX DAC Image Suppression: > 70dBc
  • TX Image/Sideband Suppression: > 70dBc
  • TX Output Power: > +10dBm
  • OP1dB: > +20dBm
  • OIP3: > +25dBm
  • Spurious: > 70dBc
  • RF Gain Control:
  • 80 dB Gain Control (0.5dB steps)
  • Power: < 10 Watts per channel
  • Size: 1.6” x 4.8”
  • Operating Temperature: -40C to +85C

SWITCHBLADE 16x12 Non-blocking Switch

SWITCHBLADE 16x12 Non-blocking Switch

16-input • 12-output • 1.5MHz – 6GHz
High-speed switching control • BIT

AS6-200-000

The 16X 12 is a full non-blocking switch that can be controlled independently or directly by the SWITCHBLADE tuner for to provide seamless integration of multiple aperture inputs to tuners input channels. The Software allows for aperture ganging based on frequency for seamless aperture selection while scanning across multiple antennas and automatically adjusts the VITA49 stream to correctly report frequency for down-converted inputs. Array elements can also be ganged to ensure proper mapping of array elements to tuner channels when in coherent mode.
The switch can also provide output switching when transmitting across multiple apertures.

Azure provided open APIs and ICDs (SDK)

FEATURES:

  • 6U 1” Pitch Conduction Cooled VPX
  • Control and status via serial, 1GbE or high-speed LVDS over backplane
  • Front Panel RF I/O (VITA 67 Output Option)
  • 16 Input and 12 output
  • Onboard BIT
  • Power: < 50W
  • Frequency Range: 1.5MHz to 6GHz
  • Gain: 0dB
  • NF: 10MHz to 6GHz : <16 dB (typical)
  • IIP3: +5dBm (typical)
  • IP1dB: -5dBm (typical)
  • Isolation: ≥ 70dB (typical)

SWITCHBLADE Mini Digital Signal Processing Card

SWITCHBLADE Mini Digital Signal Processing Card

Zynq® UltraScale+™ MPSoC • 4GB DDR4

ASC-100-000

The SWITCHBLADE Mini Signal Processing Board provides the foundation for a 2-channel RF signal acquisition and direction finding (DF) system in a single 6U VPX card. Two mezzanine sites are available. The top can support either a 2-Channel Tuner, Transmitter or single-channel 600MHz IBW Tuner with frequency coverage up to 18GHz. The bottom mezzanine supports a transmit module with 600GHz IBW and up to 18GHz frequency coverage.

The mezzanine modules are controlled by an onboard Zynq® UltraScale+™ MPSoC which also implements resampling and VITA 49 Digital IF. The MPSoC has been sized to allow for complex signal processing, to include RADAR pulse processing, beamforming, detection, recognition and spatial DF.

Azure provided open APIs and ICDs (FDK/SDK).

FEATURES:

  • 2.5” x 6.5” x 1”
  • 2-Channel phase coherent, or 2-channel independent (or 1-channel wideband) RF processing
  • On-board signal processing (DF, channelizers, etc.)
  • IO
    • Configurable GPIO
    • Serial RS-232
    • 1 PPS & 10MHz
    • RF LO in/out
    • RF input (2x)
    • IF output (2x)
  • Local or external LO distribution
  • VITA49 Digital IF to external SERDES interface
  • Zynq® UltraScale+™ ZU6EG MPSoC
  • 4GB DDR4 Memory
  • Onboard BIT
  • 2 mezzanines capable of supporting various RF modules
    • 80MHz 2-channel Rx
    • Wideband AWG Tx
    • 600MHz IBW Rx
    • Custom Modules