DRS Sig­nal So­lu­tions un­veils nextgen SDR


DRS Tech­nolo­gies has an­nounced that its DRS Sig­nal So­lu­tions busi­ness unit has un­veiled the Pi­coflexor, a next gen­er­a­tion high-per­for­mance, soft­ware­de­fined ra­dio (SDR).

Build­ing on the suc­cess of its pre­de­ces­sor, the Pic­o­cep­tor, the Pi­coflexor is the in­dus­try’s first SDR con­tain­ing the Xil­inx Zynq-7000 EPP de­vices. This en­hance­ment is fa­cil­i­tated by the com­bi­na­tion of iVeia’s At­las small form fac­tor, low-power pro­cess­ing mod­ules, and the proven high-per­for­mance RF tech­nol­ogy of DRS.

The Pi­coflexor’s in­clu­sion of next gen­er­a­tion dig­i­tal pro­cess­ing tech­nol­ogy en­ables users to in­te­grate more of their ap­pli­ca­tion in the ra­dio to cre­ate a tac­ti­cal de­vice with un­par­al­leled per­for­mance. Ad­di­tion­ally, the Pi­coflexor sup­ports en­hanced de­vel­op­ment tools and op­tions for em­bed­ded GNU Ra­dio and SCA based frame­works that en­able rapid in­clu­sion of ex­ist­ing open source and in­dus­try de­vel­oped wave­forms.

“iVeia’s close re­la­tion­ship with Xil­inx fa­cil­i­tated an early re­lease of the Zynq™-7000 EPP tech­nol­ogy to us,” ex­plained Jim Shea, Vice Pres­i­dent of DRS Sig­nal So­lu­tions. “We are well known for high-per­form­ing, low size, weight and power (SWaP) RF prod­ucts on the mar­ket. Our de­vel­op­ment ef­fort with iVeia and Xil­inx to in­te­grate the Zynq-7000 de­vices into our Pi­coflexor so­lid­i­fies this lead­er­ship po­si­tion.”

“By pro­vid­ing a com­plete, dual ARM Cor­tex-A9 MP­core pro­ces­sor sys­tem tightly in­te­grated with pro­gram­mable logic and high-speed I/O re­sources, the Zynq™-7000 EPP pro­vides sys­tem in­te­gra­tors such as DRS with an ideal pro­cess­ing plat­form for ap­pli­ca­tions like soft­ware de­fined ra­dio,” said Lawrence Get­man, Vice Pres­i­dent of Pro­cess­ing Plat­forms at Xil­inx. “These de­vices en­able mas­sive par­al­lel pro­cess­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties on top of end­less cus­tomi­sa­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties for de­vel­op­ers to bal­ance soft­ware and hard­ware pro­gramma­bil­ity op­ti­mised to spe­cific ap­pli­ca­tion re­quire­ments.”

“We are pleased to be part of this ex­cit­ing new prod­uct,” noted Michael Fawcett, Chief Tech­nol­ogy Of­fi­cer for iVeia. “Zynq7000 EPP of­fers great value for our ap­pli­ca­tions, as these de­vices con­sume con­sid­er­ably less power than two-chip pro­ces­sor plus FPGA con­fig­u­ra­tions for the same use.”

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