EEPIQ Introduces 1 MHz to 6 GHz Multi-Channel RF Transceiver

Epiq Solutions has released its Sidekiq X2 multi-channel RF transceiver card. Based on Analog Devices AD9371 wideband transceiver RFIC, Sidekiq X2 provides customers with a simplified integration path to achieve unprecedented levels of RF flexibility and performance in their products, while shortening their time to market with a proven solution.

Sidekiq X2 provides the following key features:

  • VITA 57 FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) form factor with high pin count (HPC) interface, with a card size of 69mm x 84.1mm
  • Continuous RF tuning range between 1 MHz and 6 GHz
  • Two phase coherent RF receivers (common LO) + third independently tunable RF receiver
  • Two phase coherent RF transmitters (common LO)
  • Configurable RF channel bandwidth up to 100 MHz per channel
  • Seven band Rx pre-select filters covering 400 MHz to 6 GHz (sub-octave) on all RF receivers
  • Exceptional dynamic range with 16-bit A/D and 14-bit D/A converters
  • Thunderbolt 3 and 3U/6U VPX deployment options with COTS carriers

Sidekiq X2 is compliant with the VITA 57.1 FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) form factor, the de facto standard for integration into FPGA-based systems. Development and field deployments are supported through a reference platform utilizing a COTS PCIe FPGA carrier card (with Xilinx Kintex Ultrascale XCKU060 FPGA) integrated into a Thunderbolt 3 chassis. For ruggedized deployments, Sidekiq X2 can be integrated into COTS 3U or 6U VPX carrier cards. Both conduction and convection cooled options are supported. The Sidekiq X2 Platform Development Kit (PDK) provides customers with a complete development environment to allow them to develop and integrate their own software applications and FPGA processing blocks on top of the standard Sidekiq X2 reference design and software API. Typical applications include remote RF sensing, MIMO communications, and commercial wireless protocols including 2G/3G/4G/5G cellular and 802.11. The Sidekiq X2 is in production now. For more information, click here.