Industry’s Highest RF Channel Density 3U VPX Solution Featuring New Xilinx Gen3 RFSoC Technology and Alignment to SOSA™ Technical Standard

VP431 RF Processing System

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.— October 20, 2020Abaco Systems announces the VP431, the next generation of our industry-leading VP430 3U VPX commercial off-the-shelf direct RF processing system, now featuring the all-new 3rd-generation Xilinx Radio Frequency System-on-Chip (RFSoC) TechnologyThe VP431 maximizes I/O channel density, reduces the radio frequency signal chain complexity, and was developed in alignment with the Sensor Open Systems Architecture™ (SOSA) technical standard to help reduce development and integration time and reduce acquisition and lifetime costs. 


Built for rapid migration from the lab to deployment, this product is available in either an air-cooled version or a fully conduction cooled and rugged configuration. This innovative solution demonstrates our ongoing commitment to delivering state of the art Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) products to our customers.  


Utilizing Xilinx's latest Zynq® Ultrascale+™ RFSoC Gen3 Technology, the VP431 leverages heterogeneous processing capabilities allowing for a streaming signal processing within an FPGA fabric and a general-purpose processing in a single moduleThis solution empowers customers to meet the increasing signal processing requirements of radar and electronic warfare systems. Battlefield demands of radar and electronic warfare technologies continue to require increases in channels and bandwidthThe VP431 rises to the challenge by providing a leap forward in processing and data offloading abilities.  


The VP431 serves as an economical solution to radio frequency systems with multiple channels by delivering a solution that increases the channel density and reduces size, weight and power (SWaPrequirements through eight channel inputs and eight channel outputs. By reducing the RF signal chain complexity and delivering better performance while using fewer system slots, the VP431 provides a leap forward in capability for customers developing systems for MIMO, beamforming, communications, sensor processing, radar signal processing and electronic warfare.  


According to Pete ThompsonVP of product management for Abaco Systems, Inc., “Abaco demonstrates commitment to our customers success with the VP431 by delivering a board with revolutionary RFSoC technology on the powerful 3U VPX standard form factor. This product expands our line of SOSA aligned portfolio products while providing a cost-effective solution which will enable our customers to be the first to deployment with effective solutions found in the VP431.” 


Technical Overview 

The VP431 is a 3U VPX RF processing system featuring the 3rd generation of the transformational Xilinx® Zynq® Ultrascale+™ RF system-on-chip technology (RFSoC). The ZU47DR device used on the VP431 includes eight integrated analog-to-digital converters sampling up to 5GSPS, eight digital-to-analog converters up to 10.0GSPS, a user programmable FPGA fabric, and multi-core Zynq ARM® processing subsystem. The VP431 is aligned with the Sensor Open Systems Architecture™ (SOSA) technical standards and also supports limited distribution options for enhanced performance.  


We are thrilled to provide engineering samples of the VP431 until June 2021, at which time production silicon for the Xilinx Radio Frequency System-On-Chip will be made ready to outfit the VP431. 




About Abaco Systems 

With more than 30 years’ experience, Abaco Systems is a global leader in open architecture computing and electronic systems for aerospace, defense and industrial applications. We create innovative, modular solutions based on open standards that are characterized by outstanding price/performance, ultimate rugged reliability and minimal SWaP. Our goal is to be a significant contributor to our customers’ success, partnering with them to reduce cost, time-to-deployment and risk and supporting them over the long term.  With an active presence in hundreds of national asset platforms on land, sea and in the air, Abaco Systems is trusted where it matters most. 


For more information, contact: 

Alisa Coffey 

Head of Marketing 

Abaco Systems