ARENA

The ARENA is a patent pending radar digital subsystem solution that offers a modular approach which is reconfigurable at all levels: hardware, firmware and software. It is reconfigurable (adaptive) on a pulse-to-pulse basis enabling real-time optimization to support cognitive sampling and processing solutions. Through multiple plugin modules (mezzanine cards), an ARENA can provide a radar with:

• Control & timing signals

• General data acquisition and system monitoring

• Arbitrary waveform generation

• Complex digital receiver, filtering & signal processing

• Data distribution & storage

The ARENA is implemented with a novel object-oriented and network centric system architecture. Every function at the hardware, firmware and software level is encapsulated into individual objects. Each object reports who it is, what it needs and what it provides. This enables each ARENA and the full system (up through the graphical user interfaces and displays) to automatically self-build. Each object’s configuration and data are captured by eXtensible Markup Language (XML) objects enabling the user or system to configure and reconfigure every object within each ARENA through simple manipulation of these XML objects. The ARENA network centric architecture treats each object as a node on the network providing serial and parallel data flow of an object’s data simultaneously, which allows an ARENA-based approach to meet a very wide range of needs and also to be easily customized for optimal performance for each radar, for each deployment and even on a pulse-to-pulse basis. Through the ARENA’s intra-module synchronization interface, each ARENA can be phased locked to a reference clock and multiple ARENAs can be combined and synchronized to solve complex problems with state-of –the-art phase alignment that meets the most demanding requirements.

With an ARENA-based digital subsystem solution, a radar becomes a node on a network facilitating remote operations and enabling a radar system to seamlessly join a sensor network. All data communication with the ARENA(s) is achieved through standard network socket communications making interfacing with other systems straight forward regardless of their operating systems. the ARENA-based solution compatible with wide range of operating systems. Secure/encrypted data communications using standard protocols can also be achieved.

The ARENA provides a full solution rather than just hardware. Each ARENA plugin module (mezzanine card) corresponding firmware module is broken down into encapsulated objects and can be configured on-the-fly to implement a broad range of functions simply through its XML configuration objects.

 

ARENA digital subsystem solutions:

 

  • Pulse and Frequency Modulated Radars
  • Frequency Diversity Radars
  • FMCW Radars
  • Stretch Processing Radars
  • Mapping Radars
  • Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radars
  • Digital Beam Forming Radars
  • Radars on Land, Ship and Manned & Unmanned Airborne Platforms

100 Series

  • Reconfigurable at the hardware, firmware & software levels and on a pulse-to-pulse basis
  • Object orientated architecture for simplified integration and operation
  • Auto discovery plugin mezzanine cards provide reconfigurable waveform generation, digital receiver processing and digital I/O signal acquisition & generation
  • Seamless integration into network environments
  • Provides sustained data rates > 70 MB/s
  • Supports embedded applications
  • Modular and scalable solution
  • Ultra-low SWaP & conductive cooled
  • Cost effective solution

Power Mezzanine Slot

  • Standard module 7-28VDC input

 Mezzanine Expansion Slot

  • Supports one single slot mezzanine (plugin) card
  • Plugin cards supported:
    • Waveform generation
    • Digital receiver processing
    • Digital and analog I/O & I²C sensor cards
    • Rapid development of custom cards
  • 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) Network Interface (RJ-45)
  • USB-2 Host Interface
  • 10 MHz 50Ω coaxial connector for reference clock
  • ARENA Intra-module Synchronization Interface (In/Out configurable)
  • Power: 7-32 VDC (5-10W)
  • Main Body Size: 3.0in x 4.3in x 0.89in
  • Weight: 10 oz
  • Conduction cooled operations from -10°C to 50°C and up to 75kft altitude
  • Vertical or horizontal mounting

300 Series

  • Reconfigurable at the hardware, firmware & software levels and on a pulse-to-pulse basis
  • Object orientated architecture for simplified integration and operation
  • Auto discovery plugin mezzanine cards provide reconfigurable waveform generation, digital receiver processing and digital I/O signal acquisition & generation
  • Seamless integration into network environments
  • Provides sustained data rates > 20 GB/s
  • Local storage with data rates up to 100 MB/s
  • Supports embedded applications
  • Modular and scalable solution
  • Ultra-low SWaP & conductive cooled
  • Cost effective solution

Power / PCIe Mezzanine Slot

  • Standard module 7-28VDC input
  • PCIe Dual USB-3 Interface (SATA optional)

Mezzanine Expansion Slot

  • Supports up to two single slot mezzanine (plugin) cards or one dual slot mezzanine (plugin) card
  • Plugin cards supported:
    • Waveform generation
    • Digital receiver processing
    • Digital and analog I/O
    • Rapid development of custom cards
  • 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) Network Interface (RJ-45)
  • Two USB-3 Host Interfaces
  • Two 10 Gigabit Network Interfaces
  • 10 MHz 50Ω coaxial connector for reference clock
  • ARENA Intra-module Synchronization Interfaces (one output only and other In/Out configurable)
  • Power: 7-32 VDC (6-15W)
  • Main Body Size: 3.0in x 7.6in x 0.89in
  • Weight: 16 oz
  • Conduction cooled operations from -10°C to 50°C and up to 75kft altitude
  • Vertical or horizontal mounting

CTU

  • Reconfigurable at the hardware, firmware & software levels and on a pulse-to-pulse basis
  • Timing signal programming simplified through XML objects including  validation and verification
  • Four standard interfaces providing TTL and differential I/O signals, I²C interfaces and RS-232 interfaces
  • Auto discovery plugin mezzanine cards providing  expanded features (e.g. GPS, ARINC 429, etc.) and custom interfaces
  • Real-time clock utilizing PPS signal
  • Seamless integration into network environments
  • Local storage with data rates up to 70 MB/s
  • Supports embedded applications
  • Modular and scalable solution with multi-module synchronization
  • Ultra-low SWaP & conductive cooled
  • Cost effective solution

Mezzanine Expansion Slot

  • Supports up to four single slot mezzanine (plugin) card or two dual slot mezzanine (plugin) cards
  • Plugin cards supported:
    • Digital and analog I/O
    • I²C sensor boards
    • General data acquisition
    • GPS receiver
    • IMU / INS interfaces
    • Rapid development of custom cards

 

  • 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) Network Interface (RJ-45)
  • USB-2 Host Interface
  • 10 MHz 50Ω coaxial connector for reference clock
  • ARENA Intra-Module Synchronization Interfaces (one input and eight outputs)
  • 12 TTL Single Ended Outputs (Micro-D)
  • 12 TTL Single Ended Inputs (Micro-D)
  • 8 Differential Input / Output – configurable (Micro-D)
  • 4 I²C and 2 RS-232 Interfaces (Micro-D)

 

  • Power: 7-32 VDC (6-8W)
  • Main Body Size: 3.0in x 7.6in x 1.35in
  • Weight: 16 oz
  • Conduction cooled operations from -10°C to 50°C and up to 75kft altitude
  • Vertical or horizontal mounting

Mezzanine Cards

Part NumberFunctionDescriptionData Sheet
ASM-00105-00Intra-module synchronizationSync Distribution ModuleEmail for more Information
ASM-00111-00Waveform Generation2.4 GHz 14-bit Digital to Analog Converter Card (AD9129)Email for more Information
ASM-00112-00Control, Timing & MonitoringControl and Timing (CTU) CardEmail for more Information
ASM-00115-00Digital Receiver & Processing500 MHz 14-bit Dual Channel Analog to Digital Converter Card (ISLA214P50)Email for more Information
ASM-00116-00Digital Receiver & Processing250 MHz 16-bit Dual Channel Analog to Digital Converter Card (ADC42LB69)Email for more Information
ASM-00117-00Digital Receiver & Processing80 MHz 16-bit Dual Channel Baseband Analog to Digital Converter Card (AD9269)Email for more Information
ASM-00118-00Waveform Generation500 MHz 16-bit Quad Channel Digital to Analog Converter Card (AD9783)Email for more Information
ASM-00119-00Digital Receiver & Processing1.25 GHz 14-bit Dual Channel Analog to Digital Converter Card (AD9680)Email for more Information
ASM-00701-00Sensor8 Channel Temperature Sensor BoardEmail for more Information
ASM-00702-00Sensor8 Channel Voltage Sensor BoardEmail for more Information
ASM-00703-00SensorPressure/Humidity Sensor BoardEmail for more Information