CAES Introduces 3U RF Up/Down Converter from 0.5 to 18 GHz for Electronic Warfare Applications

CAES Introduces 3U RF Up/Down Converter from 0.5 to 18 GHz for Electronic Warfare Applications

CAES, a leading provider of mission-critical electronics for aerospace and defense, has released the industry’s smallest 0.5- to 18-GHz single-3U-slot wideband up/down converter with an integrated local oscillator (LO) and preselection. The high-performance frequency converter is designed for the most challenging RF-based electronic warfare (EW) applications, including electronic intelligence and electronic support, surveillance, and attack systems. The modular converter conforms to the SOSA technical standard, which facilitates system interoperability and alternate band configurations in small-form-factor embedded computing systems.

CAES high-performance converter building blocks are specifically designed to meet the highly demanding requirements of the industry’s most complex EW and RF applications,” said David Young, Chief Technology Officer, CAES. “Our newest wideband modular converter meets or exceeds the needs of phase-coherent applications that require multi-channel frequency conversion for an airborne, ground vehicle, and shipborne platforms.”

As part of an RF front-end for EW systems, the CAES 3U wideband converter achieves sub-350 nanosecond tuning, which enables the industry’s fastest threat reaction. With 2 GHz instantaneous bandwidth, the new converter also allows the largest segment view of threats possible in a single look.

The conduction-cooled converter has a VPX/VITA 46 RF payload card that provides one channel up, one channel down, and a synthesizer in a single 3U slice. The device’s modular architecture allows up-scaling to a 6U form factor, or down-scaling to smaller form factors, such as VNX/VITA 74. The converter incorporates direct digital synthesis (DDS) with fixed pickets to provide agile local LO and allows for a future spiral design that supports independently-tuned channels.

Key industry-leading benefits and features:

  • 0.5 to 18 GHz SOSA-aligned, single 3U slot up/down RF converter with integrated LO and preselection.
  • Two channels – 2 up, 2 down, or 1 up / 1 down.
  • 2 GHz instantaneous bandwidth provides a large single view of threats.
  • 350 nanosecond tuning enables fast reaction to threats.
  • SOSA alignment for interoperability and upgradeability.
  • Cost-tailored options are available based upon performance/power requirements.
  • Customer-programmable digitally-controlled attenuators.

Targeting fast-tuning and phase-coherent applications, the SOSA-aligned, 3U wideband converter will be available in the spring of 2022. 

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Publisher: everything RF