Abaco to deliver VP868 and FMC134 modules to European supplier

3 May 2018 (Last Updated May 3rd, 2018 12:15)

Abaco has secured an initial order to enable deployment of army tactical electronic warfare systems for one of Europe's major armies.

Abaco has secured an initial order to enable deployment of army tactical electronic warfare systems for one of Europe’s major armies.

Awarded by a major European defence supplier, the contract will see the company deliver its VP868 high-performance 6U OpenVPX plug-in modules with advanced digital signal processing capabilities.

It will also supply the FMC134 FMC+ Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) Mezzanine Card Direct Radio Frequency (RF) Conversion Module, with two of them being installed on each VP868.

The VP868 6U OpenVPX plug-in module features a Xilinx Zynq dual ARM-9 device used for processing offload and board management.

“It demonstrates our rapidly growing capability in the key technologies for electronic warfare, notably in digital signal processing and FPGA technology.”

Processing power is derived from two Xilinx UltraScale FPGAs with more than 100Gb/s duplex inter-chip communication bandwidth.

The VP868 module is suitable for high-performance processing and input / output (I/O) with the ability to scale from the lab to deployed rugged environments.

Abaco’s FMC134 can be used for traditional and bi-static radar, multi-channel radar, digital beamforming, wideband receivers, wireless communication software-defined radio (SDR) and signals intelligence receivers.

Abaco Systems chief growth officer John Muller said: “Winning this order was a result of two significant Abaco strengths.

“First, it demonstrates our rapidly growing capability in the key technologies for electronic warfare, notably in digital signal processing and FPGA technology. Second, we were able to offer high-quality, responsive local pre-sales support to help make the solution possible. These strengths gave us the advantage in a highly competitive bidding process.”

The European customer also intends to buy Abaco’s latest VP430 Direct RF Processing System, the first 3U VPX COTS solution to feature the new Xilinx ZU27DR RF system-on-chip (RFSoC) technology.