Xiphos Systems Corporation (“Xiphos”) is announcing the Q8J, the company’s latest generation of space processor boards, designed specifically to support advanced Software Defined Radio (SDR) applications.
The Q8J extends the capability of the popular Xiphos Q8 processor, adding a suite of multi-Gigabit per second transceivers to support JESD204B interfaces, as well as access to external DDR3 or DDR4 memory. The Q8J can interface with the latest generation of wideband RF transceiver devices, enabling state-of-the-art SDRs for satellite broadband, Internet of Things (IoT) and inter-satellite mesh communications, as well as next generation RF-sensing applications.
The Q8J is an extremely high-performance space processor board based on the Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ Multi-Processor System on a Chip (MPSoC). It retains Xiphos’ flight-proven radiation effects mitigation features and small form factor, low mass, and power consumption of its predecessors, but provides an unprecedented level of performance. This at even higher MIPS/watt compared to Xiphos’ previous products. The Q8J sets the new standard for space processors.
Xiphos is developing custom SDR daughterboards that will be used in conjunction with the Q8J for multiple customers across a variety of communications applications. These designs can be adapted for rapid turnaround. Engineering Models of the Q8J will be available early Q4 2020.
Francesco Ricci, Xiphos’ Chief Engineer, said, “The Q8J’s hybrid combination Gigahertz multi-core processors, massive programmable logic resources, and wide array of high-speed and JESD204B-compatible interfaces, provides an extremely high performance, low SWaP and flexible platform enabling SDR applications not previously possible on CubeSats, nanosats or smallsats.”