Cambridge, UK, 15th June 2012 CRFS, a leading producer of wideband receiver systems for real-time spectrum monitoring, surveillance and interference management, will be showcasing its new 18 GHz Block Down Converter (BDC) at the upcoming International Microwave Symposium in Montreal. The new unit is designed and built to the same exacting standards and connects with the RFeye to provide seamless monitoring of the RF environment from 10 MHz to 18 GHz. The BDC is controlled by the RFeye and can share the same power supply, simplifying installation and reducing requirement for additional cable runs. For simplicity, it uses the same form factor and mounting options as the RFeye.
CRFS VP, North America, Malcolm Levy commented: “The BDC opens up a whole range of interesting new applications for customers who wish to monitor higher frequencies as well as lower, particularly in the military and non-civilian sectors. The BDC provides a simple and seamless extension of the RFeye making it suitable both for new installations and retrofit. A key advantage is the ability to mount the unit right next to the 18 GHz antennas, so alleviating the problem of high cable losses at these frequencies. The architecture of the BDC has been designed to ensure that the exceptional RF performance and speed of the RFeye is maintained. This, together with the small form factor, low power, low weight and ease of deployment, make for a winning combination. I am also excited that we are currently working on a program for a 50 GHz BDC based on the same technology and this should be available by the end of the year. “
CRFS will be showing the RFeye and BDC from June 17-22 at the IMS2012 International Microwave Symposium in Montreal. It will be coexhibiting with its Canadian distributor Testforce Systems on booth 915.
For more information, contact [email protected] or speak to Malcolm Levy on +1 914 413 1024.
CRFS is a leading producer of systems and solutions for continuous real-time spectrum monitoring, surveillance and interference management. Its range of RFeye® products was designed from the ground up to meet specific application requirements and sets a new standard of performance and cost-effectiveness. The product range includes hardware, software and fully integrated solutions. The company has its headquarters in Cambridge UK and a subsidiary in California and has a growing network of partners, distributors and agents around the world.
RFeye is different from anything else on the market. Its RF performance and sensitivity is exceptional and compares with that of bench-top analyser equipment. Its speed of sweep is comparable with that of high-end SIGINT receivers with very high probability of signal intercept across all monitored frequencies. The RFeye is fully autonomous and remotely programmable with its own built-in intelligence in the form of a Linux PC. It can perform multi-layered tasks ranging from general background monitoring to specific missions for frequencies of special interest or geolocation techniques such as TDOA, POA and AOA. All of this capability is packaged in a ruggedised IP67-rated housing designed for the most hostile of environments, and the whole unit can be held in the palm of your hand and weighs less than 5 lb. It’s low power and can run off multiple power sources including battery-backed solar cells. The RFeye can be deployed standalone or can form part of a remote distributed network where each unit is an intelligent node that can make decisions and prioritise tasks, communicate with and assign tasks to other nodes in the network, flag warnings and trigger alarms. It can log data to local memory or relay back to a centre. CRFS manufactures the RFeye using the latest volume manufacturing techniques which means that it can be sold at a lower price than even standard receivers on the market.