Rugged 4/2-channel, 1.5/3 GHz ADC XMC/PMC Module with Virtex-4 FPGA intended for Software Defined Radio (SDR) applications such as communications and radar in benign & hostile environments.


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Designed for deployment in harsh and benign environments, the ICS-8551 is a rugged conduction-cooled 8-bit digital receiver in XMC/PMC module format. It offers both two and four channel operation with sampling frequencies at 1.5 GHz (four channel) or 3 GHz (two channel) for Software Defined Radio (SDR) applications such as spectrum monitoring, signal intelligence, tactical communications and radar.

The combination of high performance ADC and FPGA resources allows VHF and UHF signal to be digitized and processed directly on the ICS-8551. Algorithms such as digital down conversion, FFT, filtering and time stamping can be developed to execute in the onboard Xilinx Virtex-4 FPGA XC4VFX60, using the included Hardware Development Kit (HDK).



  • 4 AC-coupled Analog Inputs
  • Fs ≤ 1.5 GHz 4-channel, or 3 GHz 2-channel (software selectable), 8-bit
  • Xilinx Virtex-4 User Programmable FPGA FX60
  • TCXO @ 10 MHz
  • 8-plug Samtec GRF1-J connector (Ruggedization Levels 1, 2 and 3)
  • 8 individual MMCX Coaxial Connectors (Ruggedization Levels 4 and 5)
  • PCI 2.2 64-bit, 66 MHz Master/Target Burst Mode DMA capable
  • VITA 42 (XMC) high-speed serial interface (single connector, 8 lanes)
  • Pn4 LVDS or LVTTL signal levels
  • ANSI/VITA 20-2001 conduction-cooled PMC
  • VxWorks, Linux and Windows software drivers
  • ICS-8551 Press Release
  • Sensor Processing Resource Center
  • Ruggedization Levels




Form Factor
Receiver (Analog Input)
Max. Sampling/Conversion Frequency
3 GHz/ch.
User Programmable FPGA
Virtex-4 XC4VFX60
Level 1-5 Air, Conduction Cooled


  • HDK-8551 - Hardware Development Kit
  • DRV-8551-VXW - Software Device Driver for VxWorks
  • DRV-8551-LX - Software Device Driver for Linux
  • DRV-8551-WIN - Software Device Driver for Windows
  • CBL-1230 - Mating connector/cable assembly for Samtec GRF1 connector
  • CN-1218 - Mating cable for a single discreet MMCX connector (8 per board)
  • TECHNO-5012-F - PMC to PCI Carrier with fan
  • ICS-7004A - Short PCI Express Carrier Card for one PMC Module

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