Microwave Journal

Mercury Computer launches small form factor-based solutions

February 14, 2012

Mercury Computer Systems Inc., a provider of commercially developed, application-ready ISR and EW subsystems for defense prime contractors, announced two new small form factor-based solutions with outstanding SWaP characteristics for demanding RF applications: the Echotek® Series RFM-251-XMC tuner and the wideband DCM-V6-XMC digital transceiver. These new mixed-signal modules detect, locate and capture signals in real-time across an extremely wide range of frequencies, significantly improving the ability to anticipate threats and protect warfighters.

“Radar warning, electronic countermeasures (ECM) and electronics intelligence (ELINT) systems rely on critical measurements to identify threats, map the electronic battlefield and ultimately implement deceptive countermeasures,” said Ian Dunn, Vice President of Mercury’s Microwave and Digital Solutions Group. “To meet these critical requirements, Mercury is delivering two new small form factor, high-performance RF tuning and digitization XMC solutions that underscore our leadership in leveraging state-of-the-art technologies packaged for extreme density on SWaP-constrained environments. The RFM-251-XMC tuner features a high dynamic range, low phase noise and fast tuning speed that support a very high probability of intercept, and the wideband DCM-V6-XMC digital transceiver’s ultra-high-speed digitizer and on-board FPGA excel at signal processing and data movement.”

Part of Mercury’s renowned Echotek® Series, the RFM-251-XMC tuner supports a broad frequency range from 20 MHz to 2.5 GHz, converting detected signals to digital IF. The IF is pre-digitized via a high fidelity analog-to-digital converter and routed onto a Virtex-6 Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) for filtering and protocol processing. The Echotek Series DCM-V6-XMC digital transceiver combines the latest wideband high-performance Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC) with a high-speed, high-resolution Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) and dual Virtex-6 FPGAs. It features direct digitization of L-Band signals and can operate as an ultra high-speed transceiver. Both XMCs are available in ruggedized versions.