Multichannel RF-to-Bits Development Platform Enables Rapid Prototyping for Phased Arrays

The industry trend for future antenna designs is phased array implementations. This technology trend, combined with time-to-market pressures forcing reduced development times, results in several challenges for RF designers in phased array systems. Some of the challenges related to the RF electronics include:

  • Validation of the RF electronics in a multichannel environment
  • Validation of synchronization and calibration across channels
  • Software development in parallel with production hardware development

To address this industry challenge, there is a new multichannel RF-to-bits development platform based on a software-configurable high speed converter. The development platform integrates data converters, RF distribution, power regulation, and clocking to provide a 16-channel, direct S-band sampling solution.

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