Linux-based signal processing system from Spectrum Signal Processing uses PCI Express form factor for embedded systems

BOSTON, 25 Sept. 2010. Engineers at Spectrum Signal Processing by Vecima (TSX:VCM) in Burnaby, British Columbia showcased their Linux-based signal processing platform -- the SDR-2010 at the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston. The SDR-2010 targets electronic warfare, signals intelligence including wideband spectral analysis and multi-channel direction finding, and military satellite communications applications.

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BOSTON, 25 Sept. 2010. Engineers at Spectrum Signal Processing by Vecima (TSX:VCM) in Burnaby, British Columbia showcased their Linux-based signal processing platform -- the SDR-2010 at the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston. The SDR-2010 targets electronic warfare, signals intelligence including wideband spectral analysis and multi-channel direction finding, and military satellite communications applications.

The Spectrum device and uses an Intel 64 Architecture Server hosting the new high-performance PRO-2910 PCI Express based carrier cards, each with dual XMC/PMC sites. The configuration gives the flexibility and processing power of an embedded signal processing system while using an Intel-based server or PC as the host. The PRO-2910 carrier and the associated modules have already shipped to leading defense users, Spectrum officials say.

The SDR-2010 is very high-speed, which some end users say makes up for the small lack in determinism between Linux and a real-time-operating system, says Mark Brriggs, vice president of business development at Spectrum.

The SDR-2010 features: data rates as fast as 400 megabits per second between XMC sites and PRO-2910 boards; multiple 8-lane PCI Express Gen1 interfaces to the PC motherboard;, a high-speed communications fabric; and customizable server features such as CPU, RAM, and high-speed disk options. The SDR-2010 is also available in a ruggedized rackmount chassis for deployment.

The PRO-2910 is a carrier card with flexible data routing that can be used to interface to Spectrum's real-time field programmable gate array (FPGA), digital signal processor (DSP), and I/O processing engines into Intel computing architectures. The module supports Spectrum Solano-based XMC modules such as the XMC-1131 ADC and XMC-2131 DAC modules, as well as third-party PMC modules.

For more information, visit www.spectrumsignal.com.

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