Ultra Low Latency Transceiver for Demanding Electronic Warfare Applications

Mercury Systems has introduced the Ensemble DCM-KU-4R2G-2T3G ultra-low-latency transceiver developed to meet the demanding requirements of advanced electronic warfare (EW) applications and to provide high-speed signal processing capability for ultra-wideband communications and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) applications. The new transceiver is optimized for low probability of interception (LPOI) radio frequency (RF) signal detection in heavily contested electromagnetic environments. Ideal for digital radio frequency memory (DRFM) applications, Mercury's new product seamlessly couples coherent multi-channel, multi-board functionality with best-of-breed spectral purity in a 3U form factor ruggedized for harsh military environments.

Modern military forces rely increasingly on electronic warfare technologies to secure a competitive advantage prior to physical engagement with an adversary. At the same time, commercial applications, such as wireless data and voice transmission signals, crowd the spectrum, virtually masking electromagnetic signals of military interest. Maintaining a dominant position on the electromagnetic battlefield necessitates simultaneous discernment of small signals over a wide bandwidth of frequencies with exceptional precision. Swift identification of these signals is critical to generate an appropriate and timely response to recognized threats. Mercury's newest innovation addresses this signal detection challenge by densely integrating state-of-the-art RF and digital technologies to maximize spectral efficiency while simultaneously reducing physical size and weight.

The Ensemble DCM-KU-4R2G-2T3G transceiver supports flexible configuration of analog to digital converter (ADC) circuitry for processing of incoming RF signals of interest. The default configuration provides four ADC channels with digitization rates up to 2 GSPS. A channel interleaving option allows two ADC channels with enhanced digitization rates up to 4 GSPS per channel in dual-edges sampling (DES) mode. Digitized signals are processed with a powerful Xilinx Kintex Ultrascale KU115 field-programmable gate array (FPGA) with 4GB of external DDR4 memory. To facilitate application development, Mercury's EchoCore firmware for FPGA programming greatly reduces the time required for mission-specific solution development. Two low-latency digital to analog converters (DAC), each with sampling rates up to 3.0 GSPS, are available with user-selectable output modes. All product configurations are available in air- or conduction-cooled configurations. Click here to learn more.