Abaco Announces Significant Win From Major European Astrophysics Research Institute

 In Defense, Industrial, Energy

Abaco Systems announced that it has won orders from a major European astro­physics research insti­tute that will see Abaco’s range of inno­v­a­tive hard­ware plat­forms deployed at the heart of a new radio tele­scope system. The total life­time value to Abaco of the win is expect­ed to be $1.725 mil­lion.

“While Abaco is pri­mar­i­ly asso­ci­at­ed with pro­vid­ing high-per­for­mance solu­tions to the defense market, the number of mar­kets that can lever­age the broad range of our unique capa­bil­i­ties is much wider,” said John Muller, Chief Growth Officer at Abaco. “That includes com­mer­cial, indus­tri­al, trans­porta­tion, energy explo­ration, and many more indus­tries that need rugged reli­a­bil­i­ty allied with lead­ing-edge per­for­mance. That’s par­tic­u­lar­ly the case where the require­ment is for sophis­ti­cat­ed signal pro­cess­ing and analog to dig­i­tal con­ver­sion – as with this appli­ca­tion.”

The insti­tute is active in a range of research activ­i­ties as well as the devel­op­ment of instru­men­ta­tion for obser­va­tions of the uni­verse. Specifically, it has devel­oped sev­er­al radio tele­scopes includ­ing the advanced elec­tron­ic dig­i­tal plat­forms which play a key role in the pro­cess­ing of sig­nif­i­cant amounts of data.

Observation of the uni­verse has become an increas­ing­ly demand­ing appli­ca­tion, dri­ving the need to retro­fit radio tele­scopes with receivers sup­port­ing higher band­width, a higher number of chan­nels, and more pow­er­ful back­ends. The cus­tomer turned to Abaco for the company’s unique abil­i­ty to meet all the require­ments of the back­end pro­cess­ing system.

The inno­v­a­tive, high-per­for­mance back­end is equipped with Abaco’s boards and is designed to be mod­u­lar, flex­i­ble, and scal­able. The back­end com­pris­es two sub­sys­tems, each fea­tur­ing a 3U VXP SBC329 single board com­put­er, four VP430 Direct RF Processing Systems, two VP881 3U VPX FPGA cards, and two FMC424 dual QSFP+ FPGA mez­za­nine cards, togeth­er with a PEX431 multi-fabric switch. It is capa­ble of ana­lyz­ing up to 64 radio sig­nals simul­ta­ne­ous­ly, with band­width up to 2 GHz.

The research insti­tute has been appoint­ed by CASPER – the Collaboration for Astronomy Signal Processing and Electronics Research – to design a soft­ware plat­form for astron­o­my appli­ca­tions tar­get­ing the back­end system built with Abaco’s solu­tion. The inno­v­a­tive and scal­able back-end system is des­tined to find a sub­stan­tial inter­na­tion­al market.

Source: COTS Journal

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