Azure Summit Technology has successfully demonstrated a four-channel 3U open VPX software-definable radio frequency (RF) receiver to the US Navy.
Azure is in the process of finalising the manufacturing and design of the receiver and will be ready for full rate production in second quarter of 2019.
The 3U Switchblade receiver includes fully integrated RF, digital and on-board computing resources in a form factor designed for small manned and unmanned air, surface and subsurface platforms. It provides modular, open-architecture multi-channel RF performance with low cost and SWAP.
The receiver is fully compatible with all tuner modules and software/firmware applications that are available and in use with Azure's production Switchblade 6U transceivers, including both the 80 MHz and 500 MHz Instantaneous Bandwidth tuners.
Thomas Green Jr, CEO, Azure Summit Technology, said: ‘With the addition of the 3U form factor to the Switchblade product family, the navy can deliver the same advanced RF mission capabilities to the warfighter across larger platforms, hosting the 6U and smaller platforms, hosting the 3U, achieving substantial software/firmware reuse, simplified logistics and lower development and lifecycle costs.’