PC/Server Based Signal Processing Platform



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The SDR-2010 is a pre-integrated signal processing system that provides high-speed A/D and D/A conversion combined with FPGA processing in an Intel-based PC or Server. An SDR-2010 system contains one or more of Spectrum’s PRO-2910 PCI Express (PCIe) carrier boards, each with two XMC/PMC sites. The standard SDR-2010 configuration includes one XMC-1131, a dual ADC FPGA processing module, and one XMC-2131, a dual DAC FPGA processing module, mounted on one PRO-2910 carrier in a Intel-based tower PC running Red Hat Linux.

This unique configuration gives all the flexibility and processing power of an embedded signal processing system. The PCI Express carrier card allows numerous combinations of FPGA, DSP and GPP processing devices to be hosted on this platform, enabling an extremely powerful and flexible signal processing platform.


Features and Benefits


  • Dual 14-bit 250 MSPS ADC
  • Dual 14-bit 300 MSPS DAC
  • Two Xilinx Virtex-5 FX130T or FX200T FPGA
  • Up to 512MB of DDR2 SDRAM per FPGA
  • Two high-speed links (up to 400 MB/sec full-duplex) between each XMC site
  • PCIe (x8) interface from the carrier board to PC motherboard
  • General purpose I/O (GPIO) for external RF control, GPS, multi-board sync, etc.
  • Support for 3rd Party PMC modules
  • Intel multi-core Xeon host processor
  • Customizable PC peripherals (RAM, disk storage options, CPU speed, etc)


  • Delivered as pre-integrated system to reduce your system integration time
  • PCIe carrier/module-based architecture with flexible high-speed data paths allows you to expand processing and I/O resources
  • Accelerate your application development with software and FPGA development tools including:
    • Spectrum’s quicComm software drivers and API library
    • Board and system-level application examples
    • FPGA wrapper interfaces, and VHDL application reference design
    • MATLAB/Simulink System Generator reference design
    • Documentation
  • Re-use code assets across projects, or rapidly move between other hardware form factors from Spectrum such as VPX , cPCI or VME
  • Support for Linux or Windows® operating system reduces software licensing costs
  • Signals Intelligence (SIGINT)
    • Wideband Spectral Analysis
    • Multi-channel Direction Finding (DF)
    • Channelized Receiver
  • Electronic Warfare (EW)
  • Software Defined Radio
  • Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM)
    • Satellite Earth Stations
    • Land and mobile systems
Migration from PCIe to VPX-based Systems App Note

Spectrum’s SDR-2010 PCI Express (PCIe) system and SDR-7001 3U VPX system are high-performance Linux-based signal processing platforms that share a common base architecture that enables software portability. Users can develop their applications in a PC-based environment then migrate to a different hardware platform with virtual transparency to the software. This enables the applications to be rapidly deployed on a wide range of form factors from PC/Server-based to OpenVPX air-cooled format to rugged conduction-cooled OpenVPX.

This application note describes how an application developed on the SDR-2010 can be easily migrated to a Spectrum SDR-7000 System.

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Demo Video

Developing Applications for VPX Form Factor

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