Minehunting System

Abaco Systems | AMETEK
Huntsville, AL

Abaco Systems recently announced a design win to support a customer with upgrades to a minehunting system, which is a towed sonar array that uses multiple sensors to identify and detect mine-like objects. These upgrades will provide faster processing and the latest technology, which will increase safety for warfighters.

The design win contains Abaco’s VP780 FPGA card, as well as the SBC329 3U OpenVPX single board computer. The SBC329 offers a rugged design with convection or conduction cooling and advanced heat management technologies to deliver ultimate performance. This SBC also features advanced security and anti-tamper features that provide a secure processing environment.

Abaco’s VP780 provides a high-performance Virtex-7 VPX card with advanced digital signal processing capabilities that has been optimized to implement complex FPGA algorithms with high throughput requirements. The combination of these two boards makes the solution suitable for high performance applications requiring accelerated frequency-domain algorithms such as with FFTs. The VP780 compliments the SBC329 and delivers a design that will satisfy the customer's needs.

As the incumbent, Abaco was chosen over other competitors because it can provide a ready solution that meets the technical requirements with a lowered form, fit, and function replacement to the existing design. This project will include delivery of thirty-four systems with two of each FPGA card and SBC in each system over the course of two years. Development will be completed by the end of 2022 and production will begin in early 2023.

Abaco’s VP780 is powered by a Xilinx® Virtex™-7 FPGA with advanced digital signal processing capabilities. The design has been optimized for the implementation of complex FPGA algorithms with high throughput requirements. It is in the 3U VPX form factor, with a VITA 57-compliant FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) site, making it possible to easily integrate I/O cards with A/D, D/A, RF capabilities and more. Abaco also supports a full line of FMC devices and 3U and 6U VPX-based FPGA products for industrial and MIL/Aero applications from the Virtex-7 up through the latest UltraScale+ FPGAs and RFSoC devices.

The SBC329 Rugged Single Board Computer (SBC) from Abaco Systems features the high-performance, highly integrated 7th Generation Intel Core processor platform. The Intel Xeon processor offers integrated graphics and memory controller plus quad core processing up to 4.0 GHz, all in one device. Coupled with the CM238 chipset, this provides an upgraded level of I/O bandwidth for both on-board and off-board functions.

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