Dy 4, ICS to Develop Integrated Systems for Software Defined Radio

5/1/2003 - Dy 4 Systems, a division of Force Computers, a Solectron company, and a leading designer and manufacturer of COTS VME and CompactPCI (cPCI) products for harsh environments, announced that they have teamed with Interactive Circuits and Systems Ltd. (ICS) of Gloucester, Ontario, to collaborate on developing integrated systems for Software Defined Radio (SDR) and Signal Intelligence applications. Dy 4 Systems will provide signal-processing subsystems, based on its CHAMP PowerPC DSP product line. ICS will provide the analog-to-digital, digital-to-analog products and expertise in the field of SDR.

“This is a natural fit between our two companies, “said Ian Stalker, Dy 4’s DSP product manager,. “Our customers are building SDR systems and want to work with suppliers who are committed to providing them with pre-tested, integrated solutions. Dy 4 has customers using ICS products with our CHAMP-AV II, and we are building on these successes by establishing joint sales, marketing, and engineering programs to offer assured integration of our product streams for the SDR market.”

ICS Software Defined Radio products provide acquisition of sensor data from Intermediate Frequency (IF) signals, as well as advanced Digital Down-Conversion (DDC) technology. Combined with flexible clocking schemes, the products provide the ideal front- end solution for a variety of radio-frequency systems such as Phased Array Radar, Electronic Warfare, Signal Intelligence, Satellite Communications and multi-service Digital Radios.

“With the ever increasing performance of our SDR products, it has become critical to work more closely with a leading provider of high-performance, rugged DSP processing solutions,” said Angsuman Rudra, ICS director of radio products. “By teaming with Dy 4, we will bring products to market faster with well integrated and tested SDR sub-systems, which will shorten the development cycles of our mutual customers.”

The integration of the ICS PMC modules with the Dy 4 CHAMP-AV II Quad PowerPC DSP card allows customers to build next generation systems taking maximum advantage of a COTS approach using VME and PMC board form factors, and the popular VxWorks real time operating system. Using the ICS-554 4-input, 16-channel PMC module, designers can achieve an unprecedented density of 32-channels per slot. Wide-band systems can take advantage of the exceptional 480 Mbyte/sec transfer rate that has been attained between the PMC and the CHAMP-AV II.

The ICS receiver modules support external clocking, allowing coherent sampling of large multi-element antennae arrays. When combined with Dy 4’s StarFabric switched interconnect technology, customers can scale processing systems to build next generation electronically scanned radars and other directional radio systems.

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