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Mercury Announces SOSA-aligned Development Platform

Accelerated Development for Sensor Processing Applications

Mercury Systems, Inc. announced the Model 8257A development platform, aligned to the Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) technical standard, on 28 October.

Featuring a single-slot 3U VPX backplane and integrated power supply, the 8257A enables engineers to accelerate development of sensor processing applications in an easy-to-use SOSA-aligned desktop environment, saving time and money.

Our new Model 8257A eases the adoption of SOSA-aligned solutions by providing an integrated development platform, using only a single card to accelerate initial development efforts,” explained Ken Hermanny, Senior Director and General Manager, Mercury Microwave and Mixed Signal Assemblies. “The optional rear transition module provides access to all the analog and digital signals on Mercury’s QUARTZ line of RF system-on-chip (RFSoC) modules, without the need for additional plug-in cards or an Ethernet switch card, to minimize system complexity and cost during development. Prototyping in this environment helps determine system requirements and supports creation of IP and software that can ultimately be used in the deployed SOSA-aligned system.”

The 8257A accepts 3U VPX conduction-cooled boards, and uses integral fans for air cooling, enabling development on a fully rugged and conduction-cooled board in a desktop or benchtop environment. It is specifically designed to accommodate Mercury’s QUARTZ Model 5550 or 5553, eight-channel A/D and D/A converter 3U OpenVPX modules, based on the Xilinx ZYNQ UltraScale+ RFSoC, both aligned with the recently released technical standard for SOSA Reference Architecture 1.0. Developers can connect a notebook or desktop PC running Xilinx’s VIVADO or Mercury’s NAVIGATOR design suites, to quickly develop, run and debug their applications.

The Model 8257A Development Platform. (Photo: Mercury Systems)

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