RF for 3U/6U VPX

Compact, modular technology meeting the needs of mission-critical communication systems to function in rugged and extreme conditions

3U/6U VPX RF Transceiver Modules

High performance, multi-channel RF transceivers that are VITA-compliant, SOSA-aligned, and can be integrated into COTS 3U or 6U VPX carrier cards with either conduction or convection cooled options. Designed to operate in challenging environments, Epiq Solutions’ compact RF transceivers can perform throughout a wide variety of thermal, shock, and vibration ranges, making them suitable for space-constrained deployable applications such as medium-sized unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), tight equipment bays, and military vehicles.

3U and 6U VPX-Ready RF Transceivers
  • Sidekiq™ X2

    High-Performance, Multi-Channel RF Transceiver FPGA Mezzanine Card
    • AD9371-based
    • VITA 57.1 FMC form factor and 3U VPX compatible
    • 3 Rx + 2 Tx
    • 1MHz to 6GHz tuning range
  • Sidekiq™ X4

    High-Performance, Multi-Channel RF Transceiver FPGA Mezzanine Card
    • ADRV9009-based
    • VITA 57.1 FMC form factor and 3U VPX compatible
    • 4 Rx + 4 Tx
    • Tuning range from 1MHz to 6GHz
  • Sidekiq™ VPX400

    3U VPX Multi-Channel, Phase-Coherent RF Transceiver
    • Complete antenna-to-bits solution
    • 3U VPX form factor
    • Up to 800 MHz IBW
    • Tuning range from 1MHz to 6GHz
Ruggedized VPX Software Defined Radio
  • NEW! Ruggedized SOSA-Aligned VPX SDR

    High-Performance Signal Capture, Digitization, and Processing
    • Uses Sidekiq X4
    • Fully Integrated COTS
    • Turnkey and Highly Configurable
    • Optimized for High Performance EW and SIGINT
    • RF Bandwidth up to 200 MHz per channel for 800 MHz IBW
    • Up to 3 FPGAs
    • VITA 66/67 support available
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What's Special About VPX?

VPX is an ANSI standard that breaks from the traditional connector scheme of VMEbus technology. VPX standards retain VME’s compact 3U and 6U formats but expand possible bandwidth beyond that of traditional VMEbus solutions by replacing a parallel bus with high speed, highly reliable serial buses and switch fabric technology. Designed to work with any high-speed serial bus including PCIe and Gigabit Ethernet, VPX serial buses offer higher data rates while using a fraction of the routing resources. This high data rate capability is uniquely suited to applications that require extremely large amounts of signal processing such as those found in electronic warfare (EW), military sensor processing, radar, and cognitive radio, among others.

When applied to communication systems, VPX meets the requirements for a high speed, high performance signal acquisition platform that fulfill numerous system designer demands for:

  • High precision in compact 3U and 6U formats well-suited to SWaP-constrained military, commercial and industrial applications
  • High performance and high reliability in field-deployed, mission-critical wireless systems that can function in harsh, rugged environments
  • Long technology life to reduce non-recurring engineering costs
  • High performance per watt, pound, and cubic inch
  • Solutions based on standards that facilitate interoperability and a broad technology ecosystem
  • User-definable, high speed, flexible I/O technology that will keep pace with advances in processor technology