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IQC91000A
IQC91000A, RF Record and Playback System
IQC91000A

Wideband Signal RF Record & Playback


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Validate performance on the bench, in the chamber, or on the range with the IQC91000A Wideband RF Record & Playback system. Designed to record modern waveforms, the IQC91000A can continuously record 90 minutes of 1000 MHz wide waveforms with 12-bit fidelity.

Employing a holistic approach, the IQC91000A was designed to ensure the highest fidelity when recording RF signals by using top performing RF converters, digitizers and processing tools.

PRODUCT FEATURES
  • 1000 MHz IQ record and playback bandwidth.
  • 1 GHz to 18 GHz frequency coverage, 26.5 GHz and 40 GHz options available.
  • 90 minutes of continuous record and playback time.
  • High-speed data offload for post-processing in MATLAB® or other VSA tools.
  • Sophisticated triggers and markers to time-tag and geo-tag signal events.
  • Record only signals of interest and eliminate gaps with gated triggers.
APPLICATIONS
  • Interference analysis
  • Electronic warfare
  • Surveillance
  • Spectrum management
  • Forensics
  • Design validation
IQC91000A, RF Record and Playback System
IQC91000A
product specifications:
Item No
IQC91000A
Item Name
RF Record and Playback System
RF RECORD INTERFACE - I and Q INPUTS
Each IQC91000A system includes:
(1) IQC91000A single channel signal recorder
(1) IQC90000A-101 analog differential baseband IQ outputs
(1) IQC90000A-DC5 down converter
(4) IQC90000A-MEM interface adapters to external disk storage units
(2) IQC90000A-S15 external RAID0 SSD external storage disks
SIGNAL RECORD
Recording Channels: 1
Center Frequency: 1 to 18 GHz
Record Bandwidth: 1000 MHz @ 4 dB max
Frequency Tuning Resolution: 1 kHz
Record Sample Rate: 3.2 GS/s | Resolution: 12 bits
Gain Adjustment Range: 10 to 30 dB | Resolution: 1.0 dB
Full-Scale Amplitude: +3 dBm, (input signal + gain)
1 dB Compression Point: -5 dBm typical, at + 15 dB gain
3rd Order Intercept Point: -5 dBm typical, at + 15 dB gain
Amplitude Flatness: ±2 dB

Average Noise Level
@ 1 GHz: -160 dBm/Hz, with 30 dB gain
@ 4 GHz: -162 dBm/Hz, with 30 dB gain
@ 10 GHz: -160 dBm/Hz, with 30 dB gain
@ 16 GHz: -160 dBm/Hz, with 30 dB gain

Spurious Free Dynamic Range: >50 dB, with 0 dB gain

Noise Figure, with 30 dB gain
13 dB, 500 MHz – 7.9 GHz
14 dB, 7.901 – 10.1 GHz
13 dB, 10.101 – 17.499 GHz
16 dB, 17.5 – 18.5 GHz

Input Connector: SMA Female, 50 Ohms
Input VSWR: <2.5:1
Recording Modes: Manual, Timed, Triggered, Time of Day, Gated Record
DATA STORAGE
Capacity: 30 TB, configured as two 15 TB RAIDs
Storage Time: 90 minutes @ 1000 MHz BW
Data Format: Binary packed 12 bit signed integers, RAIDO formatted as EXT4
Data Offload Speed: >500 MB/s, subject to source computer and storage device
Data Offload Format 16 bit signed integers
Data Upload Speed: >150 MB/s via PCIeGen2 x8, subject to source computer and storage device
Data Upload Format: 16 bit signed integers
SIGNAL PLAYBACK
Output Signal: TTL Logic Levels: 0 to 3.3, 5 maximum
Playback Bandwidth: 1000 MHz, 500 MHz for I and 500 MHz for Q
Playback Sample Rate: 1.6 GS/s each I and Q
Playback Resolution: 12 bits
Amplitude, Full Scale: 500 mVp-p differential
Amplitude Flatness: ±2 dB
Number of Channels: 1000 per marker input per marker edge
Output Connectors: SMA Female x4
Output Impedance: 100 ohm differential
Playback Modes: Manual, Triggered
INPUTS and OUTPUTS
IF Input Connector: SMA Female
Amplitude: +3 dBm full scale
Center Frequency: 800 MHz

Reference Input Connector: BNC Female
Amplitude: 0 to +13 dBm
Center Frequency: 10 MHz ± 100 Hz

Reference Output Connector: BNC Female
Amplitude: +3 dBm nominal
Center Frequency: Equivalent to Reference Input

10 MHz Output Connector: BNC Female
Amplitude: 0 dBm, nominal
Center Frequency: 10 MHz ± 20 Hz
TRIGGER
Connector: SMA Female
Functions: Start/Stop Record | Start/Stop Playback
Impedance: 10 kOhms
Input Level Range: 0 to 5 V
VIH (input on threshold) = 1.7 V (min) and VIL (input off threshold) = 0.7 V (max)
Over Voltage Protection: Over voltage protection of +11 Volts and max under voltage of -6 Volts
Record Latency: -25 ns
Record Uncertainty: ±8 samples (±5 ns at full rate)
Gated Trigger Re-arm Time 20 ns
MARKER
Connector: SMA Female, can be used in either record or playback modes
Impedance: 10 kOhms
Input Level Range: 0 to 5 V
VIH (input on threshold) = 1.7 V (min) and
VIL (input off threshold) = 0.7 V (max)
Over Voltage Protection: Overvoltage protection of +11 Volts and max undervoltage of -6 Volts
Latency: -25 ns @ 2.001 to 18 GHz (-37 ns 0.5 to 2.0 GHz)
Uncertainty: ±8 samples (±5 ns at full rate) at all frequency bands
Marker Re-arm Time: 20 ns
Total Available Per File: 100000
Content: Date, time of day, latitude, longitude, elevation sample number
Timing Sources: IRIG-B122, GPS via NMEA sentences w/1 PPS Marker input, PC-Time
IRIG
Connector: BNC Female, can be used in either record or playback modes
Standard: IRIG-B122
Voltage Levels: Amplitude modulated, 3 Vpp, sine wave carrier
Over Voltage Protection: Over voltage protection of +11 Volts and max undervoltage of -6 Volts.
GPS NMEA
Connector: 9 pin D Female, can be used in either record or playback modes
Speed: 4800 and 9600 baud
Supported Sentences: GPGGA, GPVTG, GPZDA
Protocol: ASCII, 8-bit data, one start and one stop bit, no parity
SYSTEM CONTROL - SYNCHRONIZATION
System Requirements (min): Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10, Server 2012, 64 bit, 8 GB RAM
System Requirements (recommended):
Option IQC90000A-WS1: Rack-mounted SigAnalyst Workstation, Dual Xeon, Quad- Core Workstation, 64GB RAM with 128 TB HDD Storage Archive (96 TB usable). RAID60
Communication Interface Standard: LAN TCP/IP Interface
Communication Interface Speed: 1000 Base-T
System Re-Arm Time: 4 Seconds (without markers) when using API
Trigger Timing Uncertainty Between any Two IQC91000A Systems: ±7.8ns
Same 10 MHz reference and trigger signals must be applied to all IQC91000A systems
POWER
System Warm Up Time: 30 minutes
IQC91000A: 100/120 or 220/240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 400 W max
option IQC90000A-DC5: 100/120 or 220/240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 30 W max
option IQC90000A-MEM: 100/120 or 220/240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 72 W max for each unit
option IQC90000A-S15: 100/120 or 220/240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 130 W max
option IQC90000A-UC1: 100/120 or 220/240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 650 W max
ENVIRONMENTAL
Conformity
Designed for compliance with test methods aligned with IEC 60068-2 and have humidity, shock, vibration, altitude, and power line condition levels similar to MIL-PRF-28800F Class 3

Temperature Range
Operating: 0 to 35 °C | Storage: -20 to +70 °C
Altitude: Max 2000 m above sea level
Humidity: Max 80% non-condensing
DIMENSIONS
(H x W x D)
IQC91000A: 3.5" x 16.5" x 19.5"
option IQC90000A-DC5: 1.75" x 17" x 21.25"
option IQC90000A-MEM: 1.75" x 12" x 10.5"
option IQC90000A-S15: 3.5" x 16.5" x 17.75"
option IQC90000A-UC1: 7" x 16.8" x 20.3"
WEIGHT
IQC91000A: 22 lbs.
option IQC90000A-DC5: 13.5 lbs.
option IQC90000A-MEM: 5 lbs. for each unit
option IQC90000A-S15: 14 lbs. for each unit
option IQC90000A-UC1: 54 lbs.
IQC91000A MODEL OPTIONS
IQC91000A: 1000 MHz single channel signal recorder with 800 MHz IF input and maximum digital IQ output rate of 4.8 GB/sec. Includes 4ea IQC90000A-MEM adapters with rack mounts, Control SW and documentation on CD.
IQC90000A-DC2: 3.6 GHz to 26.5 GHz down-converter with 700 MHz bandwidth centered at 800 MHz IF output.
IQC90000A-DC5: 1 GHz to 18 GHz down-converter with 1000 MHz bandwidth centered at 800 MHz IF output.
IQC90000A-101: Adds analog differential baseband IQ outputs for playback (4ea SMA female), 1000 MHz IQ bandwidth.
MEMORY INTERFACE MODULE
IQC90000A-MEM: Interface Adapter to RAID0 external disk storage units. Four option MEM units are required per IQC90000A system
STORAGE OPTION
IQC90000A-S15: External RAID0 SSD external disk storage. Two data packs required per system for a total of 90 minutes storage at 1000 MHz bandwidth
CONVERTER OPTIONS
IQC90000A-UC1: 500 MHz to 18 GHz up-converter with differential IQ inputs for 1000 MHz output at carriers up to 18 GHz. Includes rack mount kit.
IQC90000A-UC2: 500 MHz to 40 GHz up-converter with differential IQ inputs for 1000 MHz output at carriers up to 40 GHz. Includes rack mount kit.
WARRANTY OPTIONS
IQC90000A-EX1: Extends factory warranty of IQC90000A by one additional year
IQC90000A-EX2: Extends factory warranty of IQC90000A by two additional years
IQC90000A-EX3: Extends factory warranty of IQC90000A by three additional years
IQC90000A-EX4: Extends factory warranty of IQC90000A by four additional years
WORKSTATION OPTIONS
IQC90000A-WS1: Rack-mounted SigAnalyst Workstation -Dual Xeon, Quad-Core Workstation, 64GB RAM with 128 TB HDD Storage Archive (96 TB usable).
IQC90000A-WS2: Rack-mounted SigAnalyst Workstation - Dual Xeon, Quad-Core Workstation, 64GB RAM with 128 TB HDD Storage Archive (96 TB usable), Spectro-X and RF Editor software packages.
IQC90000A-ENL: Rack enclosure to house IQC90000A, down converter, 2ea solid state data packs, upconverter, workstation, storage archive and power distribution.
SOFTWARE OPTIONS
WC-RF-EDITOR: RF Editor Signal Generation software
Spectro-X: Spectro-X Advanced Signal Analysis software
TRAINING OPTION
IQC90000A-TRN: Daily rate for onsite training and consulting by Bird Applications Engineer
compatible devices:
Spectro-X
RF Signal Analysis Software
RF Editor
Graphical RF Signal Editing Software