BittWare Offers DSP Subsystem for Radar Applications

4/1/2003 - BittWare, Inc. announced at the GSPx Conference in Dallas, Texas, a DSP subsystem for radar applications. Based on the 300 MHz TigerSHARC (ADSP-TS101S) DSP from Analog Devices, the IS-6UTS-BC subsystem is ideal for a variety of high-performance radar applications. Current implementations have included air traffic control, over the horizon, and 3D.

The IS-6UTS-BC is a 6U CompactPCI system featuring eight TigerSHARC DSPs for a total of 14.4 GFLOPS of processing power. It provides a 64-bit, 66 MHz PCI interface via BittWare's SharcFIN ASIC, and either a 2-channel or 4-channel 14-bit, 105 MHz A/D interface featuring the AD6645 A/D converter from Analog Devices. It also provides up to three Xilinx Virtex-II 1000 reconfigurable FPGAs for A/D control, data distribution, and configurable pre-processing of high-speed A/D data. The FPGAs also feature an optional integrated programmable digital radar receiver core. Available on-board memory includes up to 2 GB of SDRAM and 8 MB of flash.

Programmable Digital Radar Receiver IP Core
To enable designers to start their radar system designs more quickly, BittWare has partnered with QinetiQ, Europe's largest science and technology research solutions provider, to integrate their Quixilica® Programmable Digital Radar Receiver (DRx) core onto the Virtex-II FPGAs. The DRx core is available either in source or integrated bitstream versions. Qinetiq also offers a variety of other IP cores and can provide additional FPGA customization services.

Scalable System Design Based on BittWare's Tiger Family of DSP Boards
The IS-6UTS-BC subsystem is based on BittWare's Tiger family of DSP boards, which is available in a variety of form factors, allowing designers to scale their system designs from low-end, low-cost signal processing to high-end, high-performance applications. They can start developing their code and testing and debugging their algorithms in a PC environment and then seamlessly move their design to the 6U CompactPCI form factor.

Maximum Signal Processing Performance with TigerSHARC DSP
Because it is based on the TigerSHARC DSP, the subsystem allows designers to achieve maximum signal processing performance while cutting down on power consumption and the need for heat dissipation. The TigerSHARC DSPs provide a scalable architecture yielding an average of 1 GFLOP of performance per Watt, with a minimum of 512 MFLOPS per Watt.

The TigerSHARC DSP also provides signal processing speed without sacrificing on-chip shared memory or I/O. The architecture of the TigerSHARC enables the DSP to support continuous streaming data using high-speed link ports, large SRAM memory block, and I/O pipelines.

Available Software Development Tools
BittWare offers complete software development tools that allow designers to easily develop application code for the IS-6UTS-BC subsystem. A developer's kit is available for the Virtex-II that includes the VHDL source code for the A/D, link port, and local bus interfaces. For user-configured pre-processing, XILINX also provides a complete suite of development tools for the Virtex-II.

Pricing and Availability
The IS-6UTS-BC subsystem is available now, with list prices starting at $19450 for four channels of A/D and eight DSPs, and $13950 for two channels of A/D and four DSPs.

About BittWare, Inc.
Founded in 1989, BittWare, Inc. is the leading supplier of SHARC based DSP boards. BittWare exclusively uses Analog Devices' (ADI) SHARC technology to provide standard and application-specific DSP building blocks for high-performance, real-time signal processing applications. Product offerings address OEM needs from prototype-to-production and span a variety of platforms, including PCI, CompactPCI, PC/104, PC/104-Plus, PMC, and standalone.

TigerSHARC is a registered trademark of Analog Devices, Inc. CompactPCI is a registered trademark of PCI Industrial Manufacturers' Group.

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