Mercury Computer Systems (Chelmsford, MA) has announced its integrated COTS application-ready platform for wideband data links and satellite communications (WBDLS) processing. The suite includes the Mercury Echotek™ Series ECV4-RFT 6U Wideband Remote Fiber Transceiver, which combines A/D and D/A technology, Xilinx® Virtex™-4 FPGA reconfigurable processing, and fiber I/O. The board brings COTS to applications such as 274- Mbps and wideband data links that require a blend of wideband I/O from dual 1.5-Gsps 8-bit A/D converters and dual 1.2-Gsps 14-bit D/A converters. The onboard FPGA reconfigurable processing resources enable multi-board coherent processing in distributed systems.

The platform also includes Mercury's Component Portability Infrastructure (CPI), which provides a pre-validated platform to interface the FPGA waveform application with a switch fabric, onboard memory, communications, system command and control, and I/O. CPI's nonproprietary Open Core Protocol (OCP)- based interfaces act as a Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) to enable the portability of FPGA applications. CPI also provides software modules necessary to integrate the infrastructure to any SCA v2.2+ compliant framework.

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