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NI’s PXIe Vector Signal Transceiver and ATCA FPGA Module perform real-time, hardware-in-the-loop RF Signal Processing

by Xilinx Employee on ‎05-02-2017 09:05 AM (41,023 Views)


The short video below from National Instruments (NI) demonstrates the use of four of NI’s PXIe-5840 VSTs (Vector Signal Transceivers) coupled over high-speed serial links to an NI ATCA-3671 FPGA Module to analyze and process multi-GHz RF signals in real time, all controlled by NI’s LabVIEW software. The result is real-time control and display of the RF analysis. That’s a lot to pack into a 3.5-minute video.








NI’s 2nd-generation PXIe-5840 VST is based on a Xilinx Virtex-7 690T FPGA (see “NI launches 2nd-Gen 6.5GHz Vector Signal Transceiver with 5x the instantaneous bandwidth, FPGA programmability”) and the ATCA-3671 incorporates four more Xilinx Virtex-7 690T FPGAs, bringing a total of 14,400 DSP slices to bear on signal-processing tasks. (For information about another interesting use of NI’s ATCA-3671 FPGA Modules, see “DARPA wants you to win $2M in its Grand Spectrum Collaboration Challenge. Yes, lots of FPGAs are involved.”)



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