SAN FRANCISCO Xilinx Inc. and ISR Technologies Wednesday (Feb. 22) released an off-the-shelf prototyping-to-production kit that the companies say accelerates implementation of software defined radio (SDR) modems for programs such as the U.S. Department of Defense Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Program.
According to the companies, Wednesday's release is the industry's first SDR kit to support partial reconfiguration and software communications architecture (SCA)-enabled system-on-chip (SoC).
The companies said the JTRS SDR kit consists of reconfigurable hardware and software elements that are compliant with JTRS-mandated specifications. The kit utilizes the digital signal processing features and partial reconfiguration capabilities of Xilinx Virtex-4 platform FPGAs, the companies said.
"Lowering power and cost are two of the biggest technical issues facing developers of SDRs today," said Manuel Uhm, Xilinx senior DSP marketing manager, in a statement. "Xilinx and ISR have brought to market a complete prototyping-to-production kit that allows developers to address these issues with two novel technologies available in Xilinx Virtex-4 platform FPGAs: partial reconfiguration and an embedded processor capable of running the complete JTRS operating environment."
Xilinx (San Jose, Calif.) said the JTRS SDR Kit is priced at $75,000 and will be available next month.