FPGA Mezzanine Card Offers Higher Analog Sampling Rate and Improved SNR

The FMC165 FPGA Mezzanine Card from Abaco has enhanced multi-board synchronization processes designed for use in applications with direct RF down conversion for defense, electronic warfare and aerospace solutions By DA Reporter / 14 Jun 2021

Abaco Systems has released the FMC165 FPGA Mezzanine Card, offering higher analog sampling rates, improved signal to noise ratio (SNR), and enhanced multi-board synchronization processes from earlier generations. 

The FMC165 FPGA Mezzanine Card is designed for use in applications with direct RF down conversion such as radar/sonar, software defined radio, and ultra-wide-band satellite digital receivers for defense, electronic warfare, medical equipment, aerospace, and test instrumentation solutions.

The device can be integrated with any FMC/ FMC+ compatible carrier in an air-cooled configuration and in either air-cooled or conduction-cooled environments with Abaco FPGA carrier cards. 

The card allows for flexible control of clock source through serial communication buses and is equipped with power supply and temperature monitoring, offering power-down modes to switch off unused functions and reduce system level power consumption.

The FMC165 extends the lifecycle of the existing FMC160 product with a technology upgrade. The addition of the Texas Instruments (TI) ADC32RF4x Analog to Digital Converter (ADC) increases sampling rate and dynamic range, improving analog input capabilities over existing products.

Pete Thompson, VP of Product Management, Abaco Systems, said, “We are committed to supplying products which will meet the new challenges our customers bring us, especially in evolving warfare environments, and the FMC165 accomplishes the goal. Abaco is at the forefront of innovation and delivers an enhancement on a mature product to meet new requirements for our customers’ specific needs.”

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