September 19, 2012 Press Release
Speeds Creation of Custom Waveform Files for Defense
and Commercial Applications
RESTON, VA, September 19,
2012 -- X-COM Systems, LLC, a subsidiary of Bird Technologies, today introduced Version 3.0 of its RF Editor Graphical
RF Editor software, the industry’s most advanced tool for modifying and building custom RF signal waveform files for
use in defense, commercial, and system verification applications. RF Editor Version 3.0 is more intuitive, faster,
and adds useful features that expand its capabilities. X-COM is demonstrating the capabilities at the 49th Annual
Association of Old Crows (AOC) International Symposium and Convention in Phoenix, AZ, from September 23 to 26, Booth
RF Editor is used in both military and commercial applications. Typical examples include modifying captured
radar, jammer, and communications signals to create simulated threat scenarios, using custom waveform sequences built
in RF Editor as stimulus signals to verify the performance of communications, electronic warfare, and radar systems,
evaluating satellite and terrestrial wireless voice and data equipment, and for civilian and military spectrum monitoring. The
software runs on a Windows 7 PC and uses .xiq and .tiq (I&Q) files captured by X-COM’s IQC-2110 RF Capture and
Storage System, spectrum and signal analyzers from Agilent Technologies, Rohde & Schwarz, Tektronix, and other
manufacturers, or waveform segments created in MATLAB and other third-party scientific programming languages. RF Editor
is also integrated with X-COM’s Spectro-X signal analysis and visualization software. Spectro-X is the most comprehensive
commercially-available software for simplifying the process of identifying RF or microwave signals amongst thousands
of others in signal captures covering broad swaths of spectrum and up to days in length. Together, Spectro-X and RF
Editor make it possible to quickly find, identify, analyze, modify, and create complex waveforms and waveform sequences
in far less time than with any other tools.
RF Editor lets the user make many types of modifications to a spectrum
file and create new ones by moving segments or broader “slices” of spectrum to any location along 10 parallel time
domain tracks. Waveforms can also be precisely located in time, repeated, or stretched in duration. Frequency domain
editing allows recorded waveforms to be filtered, interpolated, decimated, and shifted in frequency before placement
in the time domain. Once the edited waveform segments are in place, a new waveform file is built with a single mouse
click and is immediately available for viewing and analysis in Spectro-X.
A powerful feature in RF Editor Version
3.0 is the Advanced Modify window, which allows multiple operations to be performed sequentially and automatically,
such as frequency shifting, file decimation, applying filters with bandwidths as narrow as 10% of the signal sample
rate, and adjusting occupied bandwidth.
RF Editor Version 3.0 also has a “stitch” function that makes it fast
and easy to extract waveform segments identified and marked by the search function in Spectro-X and stitch them together
to produce a file that contains only waveforms of interest. The user performs a carrier or waveform search in Spectro-X,
exports the desired results to RF Editor, and stitches them automatically in seconds with only a few mouse clicks.
RF Editor now also allows linear or time-domain magnitude profiles to be placed at the beginning and end of waveform
segments or between consecutive signals to avoid spreading in the frequency domain.
RF Editor is available
now from X-COM Systems. A free 30-day trial version and self-guided demo, videos that demonstrate RF Editor’s capabilities,
and other technical resources can be accessed at X-COM’s Web site,
About X-COM Systems
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
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 of providing a broad range of RF measurement and spectrum capture and analysis solutions.
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