TEK to supply QuiXilica-Ultra modules to fulfil urgent troop need

20 August 2015 (Last Updated August 20th, 2015 18:30)

TEK Microsystems has secured a contract to supply high-density digitiser modules to an undisclosed prime contractor for a next generation geo-location platform.

TEK Microsystems has secured a contract to supply high-density digitiser modules to an undisclosed prime contractor for a next generation geo-location platform.

Covering the supply of TEK's QuiXilica-Ultra VME / VXS / VPX product line, the contract represents the first of a multi-year quick reaction capability procurement necessary to address an urgent troop requirement.

TEK Microsystems chief technology officer Andrew Reddig said: "This order is further proof that the warfighters' threat is constantly evolving, and the need for signal collection combined with reconfigurable processing continues to be required to adapt to the mission need."

The open architecture QuiXilica-Ultra modules incorporate Xilinx's Ultrascale FPGA processing technology with modular mixed signal capabilities.

In particular, the third generation reconfigurable signal processing modules are designed to offer high density, low latency digitisation solutions for size, weight, and power constrained environments.

"Our agile engineering methodology allows us to respond quickly to the needs of the mission."

The first versions of the Ultra-VME/VXS reduces programme risk and time to field capabilities without the cost of a full system upgrade by providing customers with unprecedented FPGA digital signal processing resources in the VITA/ANSI standardised VME/VXS form factor with minimal impact to the overall system.

TEK Microsystems engineering and operations vice-president Bill Ceccherini said: "Our agile engineering methodology allows us to respond quickly to the needs of the mission.

"Leveraging the core components of the architecture and our partner network, we can provide capabilities across 6U and 3U embedded form factors to address specific EW, SIGINT, Radar, and security requirements in a timely and affordable manner."

The product line is also said to be capable of allowing for seamless system integration with QuiXtream software and firmware for 10GB ethernet functionality, simplifying network centric system deployment.

The augmented system management functionality facilitates reliable and secure processing for mission critical applications.

In addition, commonality between the VME / VXS and VPX production lines enables a smooth migration path with the incremental value provided by the OpenVPX ecosystem.

Deliveries under the contract are expected to commence in the second quarter of 2016.