|Curtiss-Wright Brings World\’s Fastest 10-bit DAC (25 GS/s) to OpenVPX™ COTS Systems|
ASHBURN, VA – April 2, 2013 – Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (CWCDS), a business group of Curtiss-Wright Controls, today announced that it will bring the unmatched data conversion performance of Tektronix Component Solutions’ newly introduced TDAC-25, the industry’s first 10-bit 25 GS/s Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) ASIC to the defense, aerospace, telecom, commercial, and medical markets on its new CHAMP-WB family of rugged OpenVPX™ modules. The TDAC-25, which delivers up to -60 dBc of dynamic range and enables direct-generation of wideband signals, is reported to be the world’s fastest commercially available DAC technology and significantly increases the wideband RF data conversion performance for signal generation in commercial communications development, demanding EW, secure communications, SIGINT, coherent optical systems, radar simulation, and commercial aerospace and medical applications.
Curtiss-Wright will first deliver the TDAC-25 on the recently announced CHAMP-WB-DRFM card set featuring the Tektronix 12.5 GS ADC/DAC-based TADF-4300 module. The TADF-4300 was jointly developed by Curtiss-Wright and Tektronix for use with the CHAMP-WB Xilinx® Virtex®-7 based 6U VPX card. The first announced member of the CHAMP-WB family, the CHAMP-WB-DRFM card set deploys the TDAC-25 as part of an ADC/DAC combination with maximum module speed rated at 12.5 GS/s.
With Tektronix’s recent introduction of the TDAC-25, Curtiss-Wright is now able to announce a DAC-only configuration of the CHAMP-WB featuring full 25 GS/s capability. While the actual maximum DAC bandwidth is limited by the speed grade of the Virtex®-7 FPGA selected, the maximum speed can be achieved in a Level 0 (0-50 degrees C) commercial grade environment. For a full rugged environment, bandwidth in excess of 20 GS/s can be achieved.
Curtiss-Wright plans to provide the TDAC-25-based DAC-only configuration on the forthcoming CHAMP-WB-AWG (Arbitrary Waveform Generator) card set, which promises to establish a new standard of performance and precision for direct generation of wideband RF signals, reducing the need for additional frequency conversion blocks.
Future variants of the CHAMP-WB-DRFM card set will provide the capability to leverage both the higher speeds of the TDAC-25 along with the 12.5 GS/s ADC.
“We are very excited to be the first embedded COTS vendor to bring the unprecedented DAC performance of the TDAC-25 to rugged systems designed for embedded applications,” said Lynn Bamford, senior vice president and general manager of Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions. “With the newly announced specifications and availability of the TDAC-25, we are now able to offer double the DAC performance that we introduced only two months ago.”
About the CHAMP-WB / TADF-4300 Board Set
The CHAMP-WB, the newest addition to Curtiss-Wright’s HPEC (High Performance Embedded Computing) product family, and the TADF-4300 module complement Curtiss-Wright’s wide range of Intel® and Power® Architecture-based VME and VPX SBCs, DSP engines and GP-GPU engines, such as the VPX6-1957, and CHAMP-AV8, as well as Curtiss-Wright’s broad range of signal processing I/O FMC mezzanine products including the FMC-516/518. Combining these products with Curtiss-Wright’s switch and backplane products enables system designers to quickly and easily develop interoperable highly scalable, high performance systems.
CHAMP-WB Performance Features:
OpenVPX™ (VITA 65) profile MOD6-PER-4F-10.3.1-x; MOD6-PER-1Q-10.3.5-2
VITA 48 1” pitch format
VPX REDI (VITA 48 option)
User-programmable Xilinx® Virtex®-7 FPGA (X690T or X980T)
8 GB DDR3L SDRAM in two banks
Four (4) 4-lane serial data plane links to the backplane
Up to 10.3 Gbps data rates
One (1) 4-lane Gen3 PCIe connection to onboard Gen3 PCIe switch
Two (2) enhanced FMC (VITA 57) mezzanine sites with 128 differential signal pairs
Site #1 supports JESD204B or serial FMCs with up to 8 serial links
Site #2 has optional support for up to 160 LVDS pairs with X690T FPGA
Two (2) 8-lane expansion plane fabric ports to the backplane
Configurable NTB support
Sensors for monitoring board power consumption
Support for ChipScope™ Pro and JTAG debug interface
Backplane clock/sync paths to mezzanines sites
VITA67.2 backplane option
Ruggedization levels supported range from Air-cooled Level 0 (commercial) to Conduction-cooled Level 200 (future)
TADF-4300 Performance Features:
Features Tektronix ADC/DAC technologies to support high-resolution, high-bandwidth signal acquisition and generation
Double-wide enhanced FMC module
12.5 GS/s 8-bit Analog-to-Digital Converter
12.5 GS/s 10-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter
25 GS/s 10-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter capability in DAC-only mode
Onboard, programmable sample clock
External reference clock input to support multi-channel synchronization
Streaming interface to host FPGA for continuous full-rate acquisition applications
Air-cooled and Conduction-cooled
Curtiss-Wright and Tektronix Partnership
In January 2013, Curtiss-Wright and Tektronix Component Solutions entered into a partnership to develop rugged electronics subsystems designed to address the growing demand for wideband data converters and radio frequency (RF) technologies for defense and commercial markets.
Curtiss-Wright Controls Sales & Editorial Contacts
For editorial information regarding Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions products or services, contact John Wranovics, public relations director, Curtiss-Wright Controls, Tel: (925) 640-6402; email: [email protected].
Sales inquiries: Please forward all Sales and reader service inquiries to Jerri-Lynne Charbonneau, Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions, Tel: (613) 254-5112; Fax: (613) 599-7777; e-mail: [email protected].
Tektronix Component Solutions Sales & Editorial Contacts
For editorial information regarding Tektronix Component Solutions products or services, contact Jeffrey Dick, Tektronix Component Solutions, [email protected] (503) 627-6316.
Sales inquiries: To discuss specific capabilities for custom components, please contact [email protected] or call (800) 462-9835.
About Tektronix Component Solutions
Tektronix Component Solutions is a proven microelectronics services provider offering a complete range of custom design, prototyping, manufacturing, and test services to equipment manufacturers. With more than 40 years of experience serving the measurement, military, medical, and communications markets, Tektronix Component Solutions works as an extension of our customers’ product teams to cost-effectively
resolve the most demanding component challenges. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix Component Solutions can be found on the web at component-solutions.tektronix.com.
About Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions
Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (CWCDS) is a long established technology leader in the development of rugged electronic modules and systems for defense and commercial applications. CWCDS serves as a technology and integration partner to its customers, providing a full range of advanced, highly engineered solutions from modular open systems approaches to fully custom optimized solutions. Our unmatched capabilities and product breadth span from industry standard based COTS modules to complete electronic subsystems. The company’s modules and systems are currently deployed in a wide range of demanding defense, aerospace, medical, and commercial applications including C4ISR systems, unmanned subsystems, mission computing, fire control, turret stabilization, recording & storage solutions, and commercial telecommunications. Additionally, the company’s broad engineering capabilities combine systems, software, electrical, and mechanical design expertise with comprehensive program management and a broad range of life-cycle support services. For more information, visit www.curtisswrightds.com.
About Curtiss-Wright Controls, Inc.
Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Curtiss-Wright Controls is the Motion Control segment of Curtiss-Wright Corporation. With manufacturing facilities around the world, Curtiss-Wright Controls is a leading technology-based organization providing niche motion control products, subsystems, and services internationally for the aerospace and defense markets. For more information, visit www.cwcontrols.com.