BAE Selects VMETRO Phoenix VPF1 Conduction Cooled DSP Boards

VMETRO has received a contract to supply conduction cooled Phoenix VPF1 digital signal processing boards to BAE Systems in Nashua, NH for the U.S. Army’s Tactical Signals Intelligence Payload (TSP) Program. The Phoenix VPF1 Dual PowerPC, Dual Virtex-II Pro FPGA VME/VXS Digital Signal Processors will run the signal processing algorithm as well as perform real-time processing of the sensor data. The initial contract is valued at approximately $500,000. The design is being included in similar programs as part of BAE Systems’ common platform initiative.

TSP is a subsystem intended for the Army’s tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). The payload collects and processes radio frequency energy which will be displayed on the payload operator’s work station in a ground processing facility. The system provides the ground tactical commander with an airborne collection capability that is responsive to real time emerging operational intelligence requirements. TSP will provide a critical capability to see and understand the enemy on future battlefields. BAE Systems’ TSP offering is fully scaleable for employment on other platforms, large or small. The offering is based on using predominantly commercially available off-the-shelf hardware components.

“VMETRO was chosen for BAE Systems’ TSP Program because their innovative technology provides the performance and scalability needed as well as the deployable capabilities required during the life of this program,” said Eric Vogel, BAE Systems’ program manager for TSP. “Furthermore, VMETRO’s technical support and value-added applications engineering will enable BAE Systems to deploy these products quickly.”

VMETRO provides integrators of high-end embedded computer systems with products and services, from development through deployment, with the highest levels of performance, innovation and reliability. The products are based mostly on open standards like VXS, PCI Express, VME, PCI and CompactPCI. Founded in 1986, VMETRO is the world’s largest manufacturer of bus analyzers for standard buses such as VME, PCI and PCI Express. VMETRO also offers an extensive line of high-performance signal processing solutions, real-time data recorders, PMC I/O controllers and modules for real-time data processing, acquisition and networking.