GE Fanuc ICS-1556B

GE Intelligent Platforms, Inc.

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Processing analog data quickly is the mission of GE Fanuc Intelligent Platformsí ICS-1556B ADC PMC module. Designed for SDR, radar, sonar, SIGINT, and tactical communications, the four-channel PMC relies on four 14-bit, 400 MHz A/D converters to fire-hose information onto the card at a rate that GE Fanuc claims is ìunsurpassed in the industry.î Weíll take their word on that, but we do know that at this rate, data conversion is as close to real time as possible ñ always desirable in these kinds of applications. This module is brought to us by the GE Fanuc ICS division, which earned its stripes for super-duper high-performance sonar processing cards and algorithms. High rate plus high resolution means that VHF and some UHF spectra can be directly digitized while the onboard Xilinx Virtex-5 SX95T provides powerful data processing of DDC, IF, or other data stream functions. For instance, users can program in wideband digital down conversion, FFT, time sampling, or even barrel shifting for block floating point conversion on received data. GE Fanuc makes this easier via the companyís Hardware Development Kit, or the companyís applications engineers can craft custom FPGA cores for customer-specific requirements.
GE Fanuc ICS-1556B


  • ADC module
  • 400 MHz bandwidth
  • 14-bit ADC PMC Module
  • Designed for demanding communication applications such as software defined radio, signals intelligence (SIGINT), digital receivers, and tactical communications where the requirement is to convert analog data into digital information in as close to real-time as possible
  • Very high sampling rate (400 MHz) and very high resolution (14-bit)
  • Onboard Xilinx Virtex-5 SX95T FPGA to allow users to develop their own front end signal processing functionality and execute it at high speed on the board, maximizing overall system-level performance
  • Four 14-bit ADCs sampling synchronously at frequencies up to 400 MHz, and a fast (64-bit/133 MHz) PCI-X interface
  • Signal processing capability provided by the FPGA allows the user to perform standard functions such as wideband Digital Down Conversion (DDC), Fast Fourier Transform (FFT), and time stamping ? or to implement any required functionality
  • A Hardware Development Kit (HDK) provides support for users who wish to implement their own signal processing algorithms in the FPGA
  • Alternatively, GE Intelligent Platforms FPGA applications programming team can develop FPGA cores specific to customer needs
  • Can be used with any type of carrier card that accepts a PMC module, including VME, VPX, PCI, and CompactPCI
  • When used with an appropriate DSP/processor carrier card ? such as the GE Intelligent Platforms 6U VPX DSP230 multiprocessor ? it enables a powerful single slot solution for a broad range of signal processing applications

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