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Avnet Wideband mmWave Radio Dev Kit for Prototyping K/Ka Radar

Written by Stephen Vicinanza

Avent Wideband mmWave Radio Dev Kit for prototyping K/Ka Radar. The Kit is a RF SoC Generation-3 is meant for prototyping RF applications in the mmWave bands including 5G NR FR2 wireless backhaul, K/Ka band radar and SATCOM. The platform combines a Otava DTRX2 Dual Transceiver mmWave Radio Card, which was jointly developed by Otava and Avent. It uses the AMD Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC ZCU208 Evaluation Kit.

The entire signal chain, from millimete wave RF in the 19 to 31 GHz range to IF sampling in RFSoc Gen-3 data converters reaching 6 GHz. There is a native connection to MATLAB and Simulink provided through RFSoC Explorer with intuitive APIs for coding access, and graphical control.

Key Features

AMD Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC ZCU208 Evaluation Kit

  • Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC ZU48DR with integrated gigasample data converters and programmable gain control
  • FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC+) interface
  • 8x 14-bit 5 GSPS ADCs
  • 8x 14-bit 10 GSPS DACs
  • RF Mezzanine Card 2.0 interface for RF expansion
  • 4GB 64-bit DDR4 programmable logic memory
  • 4GB 64-bit DDR4 processor system memory

Otava DTRX2 mmWave Radio Card for RFSoC ZCU208 Evaluation Kit

  • RF band select filters can be added externally based on operating frequency
  • Independent signal chain enable/disable for TDD operation
  • 2 TX channels up-convert from IF up to 6 GHz through RFSoC Gen-3 DACs to mmWave frequencies within 19 to 31 GHz
  • Digital Step Attenuators (DSA) for gain control
  • Independent TX and RX LO PLLs with integrated frequency synthesizer, onchip VCO, and common reference from the AMD Xilinx ZCU208 CLK104 module
  • 2 RX channels down-convert from mmWave within 19 to 31 GHz down to IF frequencies in a 6 GHz range through RFSoC Gen-3 ADCs
  • TDD and FDD modes supported with appropriate RF front-end
  • Powered from a single 12V DC connector

To find out more about the Avnet Wideband mmWave Radio development Kit see the product page here.

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Avnet Wideband mmWave Radio Dev Kit for Prototyping K/Ka Radar

by Stephen Vicinanza time to read: 1 min