How 4DSP and a One-Stop Shop Make Life Easier


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In my last blog post, I talked about how excited we were to welcome 4DSP into the Abaco fold. 

In just a couple of months, what a lot has changed! Our new colleagues have hit the ground running. The reception from our customer base has been overwhelmingly positive. The more rounded, more complete portfolio we can now offer is a huge plus—we’re getting very close to the one stop shop our customers have told us they prefer, because it makes their lives so much easier. 

We have also established our Austin facility as our Center of Excellence for Advanced RF and DSP Solutions. It joins our Center of Excellence for HPEC in the Boston area, and our HPEC Center of Excellence in Edinburgh, Scotland. All three facilities are there to help our customers design their applications, and get them out of the door faster.

State of the art

We’ve launched the VP880, a 3U VPX EW board featuring Kintex or Virtex Ultrascale Zynq Ultrascale+ MPSoC FPGAs and an HSPC/FMC+ site for analog or digital input/output. We describe it as “the last EW card you’ll ever need” because of its inherent upgradability.

We also launched the VP868 FPGA Card, a 6U VPX Dual Ultrascale FPGA and Zynq Ultrascale board with two HSPC/FMC+ sites. Combine those with the industry’s largest selection of FMCs and it means that Abaco now has state of the art offerings for radar, software defined radio and electronic warfare.

Speaking of electronic warfare:  we will be attending the 46th Annual Collaborative EW Symposium at Naval Base Ventura County, Pt. Mugu, California from Tuesday, April 25 to Thursday, April 27, 2017. We’ll have a booth and will be attending the symposium—so if you want to know more about what’s going on, and talk to us about how we may be able to help you with your tough challenges, come see us.


Peter Thompson

Peter Thompson is senior business development manager for High Performance Embedded Computing at Abaco Systems. He first started working on High Performance Embedded Computing systems when a 1 MFLOP machine was enough to give him a hernia while carrying it from the parking lot to a customer’s lab. He is now very happy to have 27,000 times more compute power in his phone, which weighs considerably less.

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