RFSoC Data Acquisition Card:
RFX-8440A

Acquire | Process | Act

Multi-channel Direct RF Sampling on a PCIe Card

The BittWare RFX-8440A data acquisition card features the third generation AMD Zynq® UltraScale+™ RFSoC. This data acquisition solution is capable of addressing a wide frequency spectrum – a critical need for applications such as 5G, LTE wireless, phased array RADAR and satellite communications. 

The RFX-8440A transfers digital data over OCuLink or QSFP at twice the rate of RFSoC cards that move data only over PCIe.
The RFX-8440A does not require any power or signals from a PCIe slot. However, unlike our L-Band variant, the RFX-8440A is usually deployed inside a server.  In this configuration it is wired to a dual 100 GbE NIC or to a separate FPGA card like our IA-440i. BittWare can deliver the RFX-8440A in a standard server or a chassis enclosure which provides power, cooling and interface to the RFX-8440A via RJ45.

4 Channel Analog In/Out

Tapping three decades of experience in designing sensor processing cards, BittWare’s analog front-end seamlessly crosses between analog and digital at up to S-Band rates.

Do More in the Digital Domain

At the center of the RFX-8440A is the latest generation single-chip RFSoC from Xilinx, the Zynq ZU43. This device is designed to bring together multi-channel data conversion and processing on a single chip.

"Now with complete coverage of sub-6GHz spectrum bands available as a readily-deployable PCIe card from BittWare, customers are able to gain a competitive advantage by accelerating the design and development of their next-gen wireless systems today."
David Brubaker
Senior product line manager, Wired and Wireless Group, Xilinx

RFX-8440A PCIe card, shown with optional dual QSFP28 connectors. The RFX-8440A is designed to work in a host system or standalone.

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Analog Front End Options

The analog front end provides a direct connection with baluns supporting up to 4 GHz. The difference between the 3 and 4 GHz options is the balun transformer. The 3 GHz transformer offers slightly better, low frequency performance for customers who do not need the full 4 GHz top end.

Direct 3 GHz Balun

Direct 4 GHz Balun

Transmit Side Block Diagram

Transmit side block diagram RFX-8440A

Looking for L-Band?

Check out our RFX-8440L variant.

The RFX-8440 is available in two variants: the RFX-8440L and the RFX-8440A. RFX-8440L is a direct RF transceiver that can connect directly to an L-Band antenna to process signals. RFX-8440A is a data acquisition card that seamlessly crosses between analog and digital at up to S-Band rates.

4 Channel Analog In/Out

We’ve designed the critical analog circuitry to match the performance needs for a clean signal to/from the RFSoC’s 14-bit interfaces. Our heritage in high-performance analog PCB design spans three decades as a core strength for BittWare.

Powered by Third-Generation Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC

At the heart of the RFX-8440A card is the Zynq ZU43 RFSoC: a powerful single-chip adaptable radio platform providing up to 6 GHz of direct RF sampling. With a multi-element processing system: FPGA, real-time dual-core ARM and a second quad-core ARM, this RFSoC has what it takes to acquire, process and act on RF signals.

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Digital I/O

Expansion Options With up to 200 Gb/s Bandwidth

200 Gbps of digital I/O is available on the FPGA side of the RFSoC. That is twice the bandwidth of RFSoC implementations that depend on PCIe for data transfer. This I/O is available on a single, 8x OCuLink port, a popular connector used inside a chassis. We also offer an add-on that provides the same signals through two QSFP28 cages, the most popular connector between chassis. Customers have implemented transports using Aurora, Ethernet MAC frames, and UDP.

Getting digital data to/from the RFSoC is easy with the OCuLink 8× 25 Gb/s interface. You can connect to NVMe storage (using our Data Recorder IP), other BittWare FPGA cards for further processing, a CPU host, or let us design a custom interface card for your need. 

Using OCuLink to Connect to Other Cards for Further Processing
Optional Card Configuration with Dual QSFP28s

Block Diagram, Data Sheet and Specifications

RFX-8440A

shown with optional dual QSFPs

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Board Specifications

FPGA

  • Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC
    • XCZU43 in an E1156 package
    • Core speed grade -2
  • Contact BittWare for other FPGA options

Analog

  • Two analog configurations available:
    • Direct 3 GHz Balun
    • Direct 4 GHz Balun
  • 4 x 10 GSPS 14-bit DAC: -40 to 0 dBm (default)
  • Programmable clocks
  • External reference and triggers
  • SSMC style connectors

On-board flash

  • Flash memory for booting FPGA
  • Flash memory for ARM bootloader and OS image

External memory

  • 16GB DDR4 processing system (ARM) memory with ECC
  • 8GB DDR4 programmable logic memory with ECC

External digital interfaces

  • Processing system
    • PCIe Gen2 x1
    • RJ45 Ethernet
    • USB UART
    • USB 3.0
    • Mini DisplayPort
  • Programmable logic
    • Up to 200 Gb/s via:
      • Option 1: inboard OCuLink
      • Option 2: Front panel 2x QSFP28
    • Xilinx Hard IP support for dual 100GbE and PCIe Gen4

Cooling

  • Standard: double-width passive heatsink
  • Contact BittWare for other cooling options

Electrical

  • On-board power derived from 6-pin AUX connector
  • Power dissipation is application dependent
  • Typical max power consumption 50W

Environmental

  • Operating temperature: 5°C to 35°C

Quality

  • Manufactured to ISO9001:2015 IPC-A-610-Class III
  • RoHS compliant
  • CE, FCC, UKCA & ICES approvals

Form factor

  • 3/4-length, standard-height PCIe dual-slot card (x16 mechanical)
  • Supports standalone operation
  • RFX-8440 can be ordered as a TeraBox™ integrated server platform

Development Tools

FPGA development

  • BittWare provides a basic data capture and replay example utilizing the major interfaces of the product. Xilinx Vivado development tools are fully supported for development of custom designs.

Deliverables

  • RFX-8440 Analog Data Acquisition Card
  • Data capture and relay example - Full source code
  • 1-year hardware warranty

Sales Ordering Numbers

RFX-8440-0009RFX-8440A card with 3 GHz balun input with QSFP28 mezzanine for TeraBox 1401B/1402B
RFX-8440-0012RFX-8440A card with 3 GHz balun input
RFX-8440-0013RFX-8440A card with 3 GHz balun input with QSFP28 mezzanine
RFX-8440-0014RFX-8440A card with 4 GHz balun input with QSFP28 mezzanine
RFX-8440-0015RFX-8440A card with 4 GHz balun input

Looking for a different configuration? Check out the RFX-8440L, or ask us about other configuration options.

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