New Optical Link Provides Complete Microwave Data Converter Interface Ensuring System-Wide Determinism

Imagine if it was possible to build multi-channel microwave radio systems leveraging optical rather than
copper interconnects.The experimental methodology deployed by Teledyne e2v to test out the optical link hypothesis is detailed here,and the status of that development work is reviewed. The high-level architecture selected along with the design of the experimental data encode and decode engines build using economic digital resources of an FPGA are discussed. General project challenges are pinpointed as well as how system-wide determinism isto be maintained. The good news is that the approach works. Readers will gain here an insight into one element of emerging microwave softwarization capabilities at Teledyne e2v.

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