Mercury Systems Inc. instigates the open-systems Ensemble RFM-1RS18 RF and microwave tuner for electronic warfare (EW) applications that use board-based RF and microwave components and embedded computing for on-board digital signal processing.
Mercury developed OpenRFM for open-systems digital and RF and microwave convergence, spectrum-fusion and maneuverability, complementary system interoperability, and affordability.
Engineers developed the RFM-1RS18 tuner using building blocks that adhere to OpenRFM guidelines, use a modular, open-architecture approach, standardizing the electromechanical, software, control plane, and thermal interfaces to streamline the design, integration, and testing of RF and digital capabilities within sensor processing systems.
OpenRFM design principles are compatible with prevailing embedded computing industry standards, including 3U and 6U form factor OpenVPX and VXS/VME for EW and signals intelligence (SIGINT) applications.
OpenRFM’s interoperable RF and microwave and digital building blocks enable sensor processing subsystems to be developed and deployed more quickly, Mercury officials say.
- The Ensemble RFM-1RS18 tuner integrates three rugged OpenRFM modules into one-width, 6U VXS package.
- Each package is comprised of a wideband front-end tuner spanning a range of 0.5 to 18.0 GHz, a quad-converter that delivers four IF outputs and a synthesizer to ensure coherent outputs from the converter.
- Each tuner combines a high-channel density, derived from OpenRFM’s three modules per slot approach with wide, near-instantaneous bandwidth capability, ultra-fast tuning speed, and low-phase noise performance all within a low-SWaP package.