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RFEL announces qu-IQ -- its new high performance Signal Processing Development Platform

RFEL\'s qu-IQ
RFEL\'s qu-IQ

RFEL has announced its new Signal Processing Platform - qu-IQ™. It offers a flexible, resource-rich development platform for the most demanding signal processing applications. The qu-IQ platform will be launched at the DSEI show on booth S4-152 in the UK Pavilion at ExCel, London on 15-18 September 2015.

Incorporating a powerful Xilinx Kintex 7 FPGA, a Xilinx Zynq 7045 System on Chip with a dual-core ARM A9 processor and 3GB of on-board DDR3 memory on a PCIe 2.0 host card, it delivers world-class performance and capability. The qu-IQ platform supports a high-pin count FMC site supported by LVDS and GTX data lanes supporting data transfer rates of up to 180 Gbps. The PCIe Gen2x8 interface enables high rate DMA data transfers up to 24 Gbps to and from the host PC. Additional off-board connectivity and control is via Gigabit Ethernet and USB 2.0.

The qu-IQ features 750k logic cells and nearly 2500 DSP48 slices, which provides an expansive resource for the development and proving of modern signal processing applications. The solution is supplied with an evaluation version of RFEL's award-winning ChannelCore Flex™ IP core that provides rapid wideband channelisation out of the box, with 128 channels with real-time programmable response frequency, bandwidth and channel response as well as a powerful fractional rate resampler on each channel.

Dr Alex Kuhrt, RFEL's CEO, explained, "We have drawn on all our years of expertise on creating state of the art, digital signal processing solutions on FPGAs to design this open development platform for prototyping and algorithm development, which is also targeted at Hardware-In-Loop (HWIL) testing. This will enable customers to reduce their time to market and de-risk complex DSP development programmes for defence, security, military and industrial applications."

The qu-IQ platform provides an off-the-shelf, development environment that customers can use to experiment with RFEL's wide range of award winning IP and rapidly create and test their own solutions. Areas of application include algorithm development and evaluation for COMINT, SIGINT, Electronic Warfare, Radar and Sonar, as well as high performance laboratory and industrial applications for Radio Astronomy and technical research.

qu-IQ will be available in Q4 2015 .


RFEL is a UK-based technology company providing high specification signal, image and video processing solutions to government, defence, security and industrial customers. RFEL's unique, easy-to-integrate products, and proven designs, developed for a technically demanding environment, give customers a route to reliable product development at low-risk with a short time to market, to meet tomorrow's requirements today. RFEL operates with a total customer support philosophy.

RFEL's new US office, located with its partner Vingtech LLC, is at RFEL USA, 15 Morin Street, Biddeford, Maine, 04005 USA.

RFEL UK contact: +44 (0) 1983 216600

RFEL USA contact: +1 207 571 5888

Source: RFEL