GE Fanuc Introduces ICS-8560 XMC/PMC Digital Transmitter Module

Once again demonstrating the company’s leadership in the development of advanced, high performance solutions for Software Defined Radio (SDR) applications, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms announced the ICS-8560 rugged XMC/PMC digital transmitter module. Designed for use with the company’s V4DSP 6U VME FPGA/PowerPC digital signal processing platform, the ICS-8560 offers two channel operation with sampling frequencies up to 400 MHz. Featuring the Xilinx Virtex-4 (FX60 or FX100) FPGA in combination with onboard DAC (Digital-Analog Conversion) resources, the ICS-8560 allows VHF waveforms to be processed and converted directly on the XMC module.

GE Fanuc ICS-8560 XMC/PMC Digital Transmitter Module“The ICS-8560 provides a unique combination of high sample rate, two channels, a high capacity FPGA and an XMC 8-lane interface to deliver optimum performance,” said Jonathan Jones, Sensor Processing Technology Leader at GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms. “As such, it provides an unparalleled solution for customers looking to develop state-of-the-art solutions in applications such as radar and tactical communications that require high data transfer rates between conventional digital signal processors and general purpose processors.”

Available in five ruggedization levels, the ICS-8560 includes two transformer-coupled analog outputs with 16-bit resolution (Analog Devices AD9726) and supports sampling frequencies up to 200 MHz in single data rate mode and up to 400 MHz in double data rate mode. Algorithms such as modulation and digital up-conversion can be developed for implementation in the user-programmable Virtex-4, using the supplied Hardware Development Kit (HDK).

The ICS-8560 provides the user with up to eight lanes of high speed serial I/O via a single XMC connector which is directly connected to the RocketIO buffers of the Virtex-4, providing transfer rates of up to 3.75 Gigabytes/second with XMC-equipped carrier cards.

Windows, Linux and VxWorks software drivers are available.

About GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a joint venture between General Electric (NYSE: GE) and FANUC LTD of Japan, is a high-performance technology company and a global provider of hardware, software, services, expertise and experience in automation and embedded computing, with products employed in virtually every industry, including manufacturing automation, defense, automotive, telecommunications, healthcare and aerospace. GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms is a worldwide company head-quartered in Charlottesville, VA, and is part of GE Enterprise Solutions.