ICS Announces New Software Defined Radio Blades


Leveraging the expertise of Radstone Digital Processing in the development of high-performance, rugged single board computers and the leadership of ICS in Software Defined Radio, ICS (Interactive Circuits & Systems) Ltd. – part of Radstone Embedded Computing - today announced the first system-level products to be jointly developed by the two organizations.  The PPC8A-572 6U VME Blade comprises a PPC8A single board computer (SBC) hosting either one or two ICS-572 PMC modules, occupying a single slot in a VME chassis;  and the IMP1A-571 Rugged 3U CompactPCI Blade featuring a single PMC571 module mounted on an IMP1A single board computer. “Separately, each of the single board computers and each of the PMCs are market-leading products in their own right,” said Ken Armitage, Vice President, Product Development at ICS.  “Combined, though, they deliver outstanding performance across a broad range of demanding communications applications on the ground, in the air and under the ocean.  We expect these two new system-level products to be the first of many which will demonstrate the synergy that exists between the different Radstone Embedded Computing organizations.”   The PPC8A SBC is the latest step in Radstone's PowerXpress roadmap, offering full compatibility with its PowerXpress predecessors, the PPC6 and PPC1A. Based on Freescale’s PowerPC 7447 processor operating at up to 1.2 GHz and the Marvell Discovery Integrated System Controller, the PPC8A can support up to a gigabyte of memory.   The ICS-572 PMC module combines the best in 14-bit ADC and DAC technologies with a powerful high-density, high-speed FPGA to provide industry-leading performance for both receive and transmit applications used in radar and communications. The ICS-572 PMC module is a 2-channel card offering 105 MHz ADC, 200 MHz DAC, with up to 6 million gate onboard Xilinx FPGA and a 64-bit, 66 MHz PCI interface.   The Radstone IMP1A provides powerful single board computer  performance in an efficient 3U CompactPCI form factor, based on the PowerPC 7410 processor. IMP1A uses a Marvell Discovery integrated system controller, combining high-performance system control with multiple communication peripherals including high-speed serial and Ethernet ports.  The ICS PMC571 provides the world's first rugged PMC offering wide bandwidth ADC and DAC capabilities at software radio frequencies. A powerful four million gate Xilinx Virtex II FPGA provides the platform for application-specific software development, and the 64-bit, 66 MHz PCI interface supports high-speed data transfers to and from the IMP1A SBC. Availability of both the PPC8A-572 and IMP1A-571 blades is immediate.