Rugged 2-channel, 400 MHz DAC XMC/PMC digital transmitter module with Virtex-4 FPGA intended for Software Defined Radio (SDR) applications such as communications & radar in benign & hostile environments.


This product reached the end of its lifecycle (end-of-life) on December 4, 2012

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Designed for deployment in harsh and benign environments, the ICS-8560 is a rugged conduction-cooled 16-bit digital transmitter in XMC/PMC module format. It offers two channel operation with sampling frequencies of up to 400 MHz for Software Defined Radio (SDR) applications such as radar and tactical communications transmit. The combination of high performance FPGA and DAC resources allows base band signals to be processed, shifted to a selected radio frequency band at up to VHF frequencies and converted to analog form directly on the ICS-8560. Algorithms such as interpolation, beamforming, digital up conversion and modulation can be developed to execute in the onboard Xilinx Virtex-4 (XC4VFX60 or XC4VFX100), using the included Hardware Development Kit (HDK).

  • 2 transformer-coupled analog outputs, 16-bit resolution (Analog Devices AD9726)
  • FS ≤ 200 MHz (Single Data Rate Mode)
  • Fs ≤ 400 MHz (Double Data Rate Mode)
  • Xilinx Virtex-4 FX60 or FX100 FPGA with multiple IP cores (incl. SDR 200 MHz, DDR 400 MHz)
  • 8-connector Samtex GRF1-J connector (Ruggedization Levels 1, 2 and 3)
  • 8 individual MMCX connectors (Ruggedization Levels 4 and 5)
  • Companion to V4DSP 6U VME FPGA & PowerPC Processor
  • Hardware Development Kit (HDK) included
  • VxWorks, Linux and Windows software drivers
  • For Ruggedization Levels, please see the configuration guide under the downloads tab
  • ICS-8560 Press Release


Form Factor
Transmitter (Analog Output)
Max. Sampling/Conversion Frequency
400 MHz/ch.
User Programmable FPGA
Virtex-4 XC4VFX100


  • HDK-8560 - Hardware Development Kit (for FPGA code development)
  • DRV-8560-VXW - Software device driver for VxWorks operating system
  • DRV-8560-LX - Software device driver for Linux operating system
  • DRV-8560-WIN - Software device driver for Windows operating system
  • DRV-8560-SCA - SCA compliant driver
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  • CBL-1230 - Mating connector/cable assemby for Samtec GRF1 connector
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