The RF-7902 transceiver module in the 3U OpenVPX form factor offers access to a broad ecosystem of third-party companion cards

RF-7902 wideband RF transceiver in 3U OpenVPX
Burnaby, BC – April 4, 2013 – Spectrum Signal Processing by Vecima (“Spectrum”), trusted supplier of embedded processing, RF and I/O solutions, today announced the RF-7902 wideband RF transceiver module supporting the 3U OpenVPX™ standard (VITA 65). The RF-7902 module is ideal for many applications including wideband datalinks, ground mobile and air-to-ground communications, electronic warfare (EW), signals intelligence (SIGINT), satellite ground terminals, software-defined radio (SDR), and cognitive radio (CR).

The RF-7902 module provides RF-to-Digital baseband capability in a single-slot for size, weight, and power sensitive applications. The RF-7902 module provides 170 MHz receiver analog bandwidth and 400 MHz transmitter analog bandwidth. It is tunable between 200 MHz to 2.7 GHz, and employs industry-standard PCI Express (PCIe) Gen2 high-speed fabric to accelerate data transfer between cards in a system.

“Spectrum is extending its RF product portfolio to provide our customers with high bandwidth, high-speed PCI Express interconnect,” said Mark Briggs, General Manager of Spectrum. “By moving to the OpenVPX standard, Spectrum’s customers can combine our RF technologies with third party hardware, exploiting a wider array of available computing technologies.”

The RF-7902 is offered with Fedora Linux v14 or Green Hills INTEGRITY® v11 board support packages (BSP). Other RF-7902 module features include:

  • 14-bit ADC 490 MSPS
  • 16-bit DAC 980 MSPS
  • Up to 170 MHz receiver analog bandwidth
  • Up to 400 MHz transmitter analog bandwidth
  • Xilinx Virtex-5 SX95T-2 User FPGA for flexible IF signal processing
  • Fast-frequency hopping up to 3000 hops/sec
  • Software drivers and API, FPGA interface libraries, and example code included
  • Digital Down Converter (DDC) and Digital Up Converter (DUC) IP included
  • Rugged conduction- or air-cooled form factors available

The RF-7902 module has two PCIe Gen2 (x8) links to the backplane with an onboard PCIe switch. This feature, along with Spectrum’s quicComm™ software suite, allows users to rapidly integrate systems with Spectrum’s other FPGA, DSP, and GPP OpenVPX modules and third party hardware including:

  • VPX-8320 – Dual fixed-point and floating-point C6670 multicore DSP signal processing engine
  • VPX-1151 – Single 3.6 GSPS, or Dual 1.8 GSPS 12-bit ADC and Virtex-6 LX240T FPGA
  • VPX-1131 – Dual 14-bit 250 MSPS ADC and Virtex-5 FX130T or FX200T FPGA
  • VPX-2131 – Dual 14-bit 300 MSPS DAC and Virtex-5 FX130T or FX200T FPGA
  • Intel® Core™ i7-based Single Board Computer (SBC) running Fedora Linux v14
  • Freescale™ QorIQ™ 3041 SBC running Green Hills INTEGRITY™ v11

The RF-7902 module is designed and manufactured in Canada, and is not subject to US ITAR regulations.

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Spectrum Signal Processing designs and builds board and system-level hardware solutions for demanding signal and video processing applications. Spectrum combines high-performance data acquisition (RF, analog and digital I/O) and reconfigurable signal and video processing hardware with its best-in-class support and engineering services to enable customers to rapidly develop and then deploy their products and systems. Spectrum has worked with both commercial and military customers worldwide to develop and deliver solutions optimized for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), video, military (MILCOM) communications and satellite communications (SATCOM) markets. For more information on Spectrum and its products, please visit Spectrum is part of Vecima Networks Inc. and its products are designed and manufactured in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. See for more information on Vecima.


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