X-COM Systems Press Release - November 7, 2011
X-COM Systems RF Record and Playback System Provides Error-Free Signal
Capture from DC to 6000 MHz – 15 Times Greater Than Nearest Competitor
-- Offers unprecedented signal analysis capability for spectrum management, broadband system
development, and RF environmental simulation.
RESTON, VA, November 7, 2011 -- X-COM Systems, LLC, a subsidiary of Bird Technologies Group, today introduced
the first in a family of Wideband Acquisition Record and Playback (WARP™) systems that allow the entire frequency
spectrum between DC and 6000 MHz to be instantaneously captured and recorded for long periods without loss of a
single event. The WARP-6000’s 6 GHz of bandwidth is 15 times that of its nearest competitor. When combined with
X-COM’s Spectro-X™ signal analysis software, WARP allows the performance of electronic warfare, radar, and
advanced wireless communications systems to be evaluated more comprehensively than has been possible before.
X-COM’s WARP system accepts analog signals directly from an antenna or via an external downconverter, converts
them to the digital domain using a high-performance analog-to-digital converter (ADC) sampling at 12 Gsamples/s,
and stores the data on solid-state media with capacity of up to 32 Tbytes that allows 44 minutes of signal
capture. Additional recording time is possible by adding storage modules. Signal files are stored in an open
format allowing captured signals to be analyzed by a wide range of third party tools including MATLAB. This data
can then be analyzed with Spectro-X software, which allows signals of interest to be rapidly found even when in
the presence of much stronger signals or when interferers appear randomly and infrequently.
WARP-6000 can then reconvert to analog form the entire 6 GHz bandwidth or only the portion of interest using a
high-performance 12 Gsamples/s digital-to-analog converter (DAC) so it can be used to stimulate a radar, EW, or
communications system to evaluate its performance. X-COM’s WaveCAFE™ software can be used to measure signal
characteristics, employ custom digital filters, and rapidly create custom waveforms that can be incorporated into
the data stream. In addition, the signal pattern can be rearranged using X-COM’s RF Editor™ software, whose
intuitive user interface is similar to that of professional audio editing software.
“The WARP-6000 gives
users the ability to capture and analyze dense signal environments more effectively and with greater accuracy than
has been achievable using other solutions,” says Dave Erisman, chief technology officer of X-COM Systems. “It
captures with high fidelity all activity from the lowest frequencies through C-band, which is the most widely-used
portion of the RF spectrum. Within it are low-frequency navigation, AM, FM, shortwave, and television
broadcasters, amateur radio, industrial, scientific, and medical (ISM) systems, cordless phones, aviation,
government and military systems, all commercial wireless networks, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, as well as some radar and
satellite communications systems.”
To meet the WARP system’s ultra-wideband performance objectives, X-COM
Systems teamed with Tektronix Component Solutions to provide high-speed data converters that can digitize and
replay at rates up to 12 Gsamples/s. “We’re very pleased X-COM Systems selected our technology to enable the
wideband capabilities of the WARP system,” said Tom Buzak, president, Tektronix Component Solutions. “Our data
converter modules leverage technology originally developed for commercial measurement equipment to deliver
unparalleled wideband, streaming data conversion at over 100 Gigabits per second.”
The WARP-6000 can be complemented with X-COM’s SigAnalyst™ high-performance workstation that can be configured
with Spectro-X, RF Editor, and WaveCAFE. X-COM software is also available individually. Additional solid-state
data storage packs are available as well.
About X-COM Systems
headquartered near Washington, DC in Reston, VA, was founded in 1996 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bird
Technologies Group (BTG). The company provides advanced RF signal recording, visualization, analysis, and signal
generation tools for defense and commercial wireless companies worldwide. www.xcomsystems.com.
About Bird Technologies Group
Bird Technologies Group (BTG), headquartered in Solon, OH, is an innovative global supplier of radio frequency
products, systems, services and educational solutions. Combining the industry-leading brands of Bird Electronic
Corporation, TX RX Systems and X-COM Systems in one company reinforces the BTG commitment to providing RF
measurement and management solutions.
About Tektronix Component Solutions
Tektronix Component Solutions, headquartered in
Beaverton, OR and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tektronix, is a microelectronics services company providing a
complete range of custom design, prototyping, manufacturing, and test services to equipment manufacturers. With
more than 40 years of experience serving the aerospace, communications, defense, measurement, and medical markets,
Tektronix Component Solutions works as an extension of our customers’ product teams to deliver high-performance
and high-reliability components.
SigAnalyst, Spectro-X, WaveCAFE, and WARP are trademarks of Bird Technologies Group.
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