X-COM Systems unveils new family of wideband acquisition record and playback (WARP) systems


X-COM Systems, a subsidiary of Bird
Technologies Group, launched a family of Wideband Acquisition Record and
Playback (WARP) systems. WARP systems allow the entire frequency spectrum
between DC and 6000 MHz to be instantaneously captured and recorded for long
periods without loss of a single event. 

X-COM’s WARP system accepts analog signals
directly from an antenna or via an external downconverter, converts them to the
digital domain using a high-performance analog-to-digital converter (ADC)
sampling at 12 Gsamples/s, and stores the data on solid-state media with
capacity of up to 32 Tbytes that allows 44 minutes of signal capture.

When combined with X-COM’s Spectro-X signal
analysis software, WARP allows the performance of electronic warfare, radar,
and advanced wireless communications systems to be evaluated more
comprehensively than has been possible before.

“The WARP-6000 gives users the ability
to capture and analyze dense signal environments more effectively and with
greater accuracy than has been achievable using other solutions,”
said Dave Erisman, chief technology officer of X-COM Systems.


“It captures with high fidelity all activity from the lowest
frequencies through C-band, which is the most widely-used portion of the RF
spectrum” Erisman added.

Signal files are stored in an open format
allowing captured signals to be analyzed by a wide range of third party tools
including MATLAB. This data can then be analyzed with Spectro-X software, which
allows signals of interest to be rapidly found even when in the presence of
much stronger signals or when interferers appear randomly and infrequently.

X-COM’s WaveCAFE software can be used to
measure signal characteristics, employ custom digital filters, and rapidly
create custom waveforms that can be incorporated into the data stream. The
signal pattern can be rearranged using X-COM’s RF Editor software, whose
intuitive user interface is similar to that of professional audio editing

X-COM Systems teamed with Tektronix
Component Solutions to provide high-speed data converters that can digitize and
replay at rates up to 12 Gsamples/s. The partnership is designed to meet the
WARP system’s ultra-wideband performance objectives.

By Telecomlead.com Team

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