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Digital Array Research Tool (DART) Development Kit
|Board Form-Factors Features||Specification|
|Main Carrier Board||3U VPX 1.00 Inch slot spacing|
|Backplan Interface / Connection||VITA-65 with 12V power option|
|Optical Interface||VITA-66.4 for Tx and Rx|
|AuxClk, SystemREF, SystemSYNC, Trigger||VITA-67.1 coax input|
|Cooling||Form fitted conduction cooling plate|
|RF Daughter Board||FMC|
|Main Carrier Board Features||Specification|
|Main Processor||Intel Arria 10GX 1150 FPGA|
|Optical Ports||x2 Samtec Firefly 12 lanes each|
|On-Board Crystal Oscillator||Pletronics SM5545TEX 100MHz|
|Memory||8GB Micron HiLo DDR4-2666|
|Debugging and Firmware Update||JTAG interface|
|RF Daughter Board Features||Specification|
|ADC||x4 TI ADS54J54 (Quad-channel 14bit, 500Msps)|
|DAC||x4 TI DAC37J84 (Quad-channel 16bit 1.6Gsps)|
|RF Connector||Samtec 180pin RF front-end connector|
|Phase-Noise||-90dBc/Hz @ 100Hz, -135dBc @ 100kHz|
|Clock Dividers||x2 TI CDCLVP1208|
|Stand Alone Backplane Board Features||Specification|
|Ethernet Ports||x2 100Base-T|
|Global Addressing Configuration Switch||VITA-46/65|
|System Reset Switch||VITA-46/65|
|Optical Interface (Tx and Rx)||VITA-66.4|
|Power Supply Input||ATX|
|Configuration Bus||12C Bus|
|External Inputs (AuxClk, SystemREF, SystemSYNC, Trigger)||VITA-67.1|
|FPGA I/O Debugging and Testing||Samtec TSW 40pin Digital Header|
The Digital Array Research Tool (DART) concept started at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (JHU/APL) in support of the Office of Naval Research. With the current demand for digital phased array systems development, a rapid lab-to-production solution is required. The DART Development Kit answers that call!
The cost of transition from lab-to-production is minimal and the cost of production is quite reasonable, leading to a faster time to market with advanced capabilities.
With the rapid growth in both commercial wireless infrastructure using MIMO and the adaptation of digital phased array for various applications such as weather, imaging, remote sensing, and other research areas. The DART truly answers the call for demanding applications.
The compact form factor enables options to scale from single to a farm of DART board based on the VPX backplane. Built-in optical interfaces maximizes the data bandwidth and integrity at high speed, which is where the digital phased array architecture is headed.
DART Development Kit comes complete with a board support package (BSP). Please contact us directly to find out more.
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