Platform for Research and Prototyping Radar and Electronic Warfare Concepts

Emerging threats mean that radar researchers and systems engineers have to prove out very new concepts faster. This requires the more flexibility, increased capability, and ensuring operation in contested EM environments. Turning a concept into a proof of concept quickly can be limited by the speed of building a custom hardware testbed and then migrating IP from simulation to hardware. We work with leading global providers, like NI, to provide you with the COTS-based solution to:

  • Rapidly assess new techniques in areas like cognitive radar, SAR, passive, and multistatic radar
  • Transition from software simulation to a multichannel hardware testbed with minimal code rewrites or custom hardware design
  • Minimize the cost of evaluating new ideas by reducing custom hardware and firmware development
  • Validate performance of new approaches in the lab, chamber, and range to demonstrate operational impact
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COTS Components for Radar and EW Research and Prototyping

  • USRP SDR devices provide a software-defined RF architecture to design and prototype radar systems with custom signal processing.
  • The PXI Vector Signal Transceiver combines a vector signal analyzer and generator with a user-programmable FPGA for real-time signal processing from baseband to Ka band.
  • PXI FlexRIO IF Transceivers combine high-speed data converters with Xilinx FPGAs for real-time signal processing and high-performance analog input.
  • LabVIEW enables rapid access to hardware and data insights for applications that require test, measurement, and control.
  • The USRP Hardware Driver (UHD) and RF Network on Chip (RFNoC) support open-source development and simplify heterogeneous processing with FPGAs in software defined radio applications.

Solution Advantages

  • NI COTS components for accelerating radar and EW research and prototyping include modular I/O and signal processing blocks, with infrastructure for synchronization and data movement, tightly integrated with LabVIEW and open-source software workflows.
  • Synchronized COTS IF, RF, and microwave transmit/receive modules enable scaling from one to many channels, supporting numerous architectures, including digital phased array radar.
  • The path from simulation to hardware is simplified by algorithmic IP reuse from MathWorks software into LabVIEW FPGA through HDL Coder™.
  • Tight integration between software tools and hardware allows researchers to focus on algorithm design and validation rather than infrastructure development.
  • IP export features in LabVIEW FPGA ease the transition from the lab to tactical hardware, saving time in development.
  • Hardware testbeds can be designed and proven to correlate to existing or emerging government reference architectures.


Talk to us today and we will help you build the COTS-based architecture you need for your radar and EW applications.