Skyline RCRF – Reconfigurable RF

Skyline LogoSkyline RCRF is a fully reconfigurable RF Board with design, simulation and synthesis software using NI AWRs VSS and Microwave Office. Quickly create an up converter, down converter, Heterodyne amplifier, or a variety of RF systems using this reconfigurable RF system demonstrator. In minutes, you can design a circuit, simulate it, realize it in hardware, and see how it performs on your lab bench. Then, quickly redesign however you’d like — try a different filter, add an amplifier block or notch out a spur — and see the results instantly.

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Description

Quickly create an up converter, down converter, Heterodyne amplifier, or a variety of RF systems using this reconfigurable RF system demonstrator. In minutes, you can design a circuit, simulate it, realize it in hardware, and see how it performs on your lab bench. Then quickly redesign however you’d like – try a different filter, add an amplifier block or notch out a spur – and see the results instantly.

Not quite what you need? Need a custom version? CEI can tailor an RCRF solution for you in 2 to 4 weeks. Academic bundles available with NI AWR Microwave Office included. Contact us to learn more.

Applications

  • Wireless communications systems
  • Test and measurement
  • Automated Test Equipment (ATE)
  • Proprietary wired/wireless communication systems
  • Frequency planning
  • Radar systems
  • EW, ECM, ESM and other RF and microwave systems

Benefits

  • Reconfigurable RF system demonstrator lets you specify your RF circuit, simulate it, then instantly configure it in hardware.
  • Connect to a signal generator and spectrum analyzer, then change your design and see the RF effects in real time.
  • Design is simple — drag desired components from the component library and drop them onto the screen.
  • Design Check software (included) lets you know whether the device can create the system you’ve drawn.
  • Design, simulate, synthesize and configure the device without ever leaving AWRs VSS window.
  • Save your designs to share or work with later.
  • Hardware device can be programmed and reprogrammed as often as you like.
  • Device configuration is non-volatile even when removed from the design workstation. The device maintains your design when powered back on.
  • Design-to-device fidelity is ensured by internal modeling, error detection and positive acknowledgement architecture.

Highlights

  • Design, simulate and test in minutes in NI AWRs VSS window
  • Test unlimited designs with no board re-spins
  • Almost 20,000 configurations
  • Drag and drop user interface using NI AWRs VSS window
  • Ideal for: RF labs, test and measurements, and University RF courses
  • “How To” CD included
  • Development of component specifications
  • Algorithm development
  • Creation of modulated signals
  • Co-simulation with circuit tools
  • End-to-end simulations
  • Predicting wireless conformance tests
  • Hardware-in-the-loop simulations

Additional Features

  • Hardware module implements 39 selectable RF components in five stages, including one pass-through for each stage.
  • Stage 5 contains a band reject filter with software tunable center frequency.
  • Six SMA Connections: RF input and output; connections out to an external circuit and back in; LO input to sum mixer; and LO input to diff mixer.
  • Uses AWRs VSS software for data input and simulation.
  • Includes component library, all DRC and Synthesis software and controller module.
  • Non-volatile memory restores the last configuration on power-up or reset.
  • Includes Users Guide and 6′ USB cable to connect the designers PC to the RF-FPGA.
  • Most on-board components operate around 70 MHz, 811.5 MHz, or 1960 MHz.