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A New Open Architecture for RF

Antenna truck SIGINT

In the current environment of rapidly emerging threats and reduced budgets, a new and more modular approach to system design is required. While the commercial sector has grown through its adoption of industry standards; performance and reliability challenges have left the defense industry to rely on custom products.

OpenRFM is a modular open architecture that combines hardware, firmware, and software to achieve major improvements in affordability, interoperability and reduced time to market all while maintaining the performance and reliability for the most critical applications.


Affordable Upgradeability Affordable Upgradeability

OpenRFM keeps costs to a minimum through its building block design approach. First, the use of existing design blocks reduces the module price. Second, the use of a standard interface allows for easy integration and low-cost system upgrades that result in a future proof system. 

 Accelerated Time to Market Accelerated Time to Market

Custom form-factor RF and digital modules often set the lead time for the development of a complex EW system. OpenRFM was specifically designed to reduce this lead time through hardware re-use and a standardized interface. Even after the module has been delivered, the rapid integration into the next higher assembly yields the fastest time to market possible.

 Flexible RF Content Flexible RF Content

The OpenRFM architecture does not restrict the circuitry within the modules and allows any RF/microwave assemblies ranging from a high frequency receiver, transmitter, local oscillator generator, or even a software defined radio module. This allows the design team to be as creative as needed to meet the performance requirements. 

 Protocol Agnostic Communication Protocol Agnostic Communication

To achieve maximum flexibility, OpenRFM allows for a hardware abstraction layer to directly control the module’s circuitry from various protocols such as Ethernet, PCIe, or Serial RapidIO®. To implement this, a system on chip (SoC) device can be used to enable protocol agnostic communication.


A comprehensive look at how Next Generation Business Model can be purpose-built to meet the challenges we and our allies face; requiring technologically robust defenses that are developed and deployed rapidly, and cost-effectively, to meet an ever evolving threat environment.

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RFM3101 Transceiver


  • 3U OpenVPX
  • OpenRFM

Ultra-wideband with versatile LO, low phase noise and fast tuning speed.

RFM6101 Transceiver


  • 6U OpenVPX
  • OpenRFM

Multi-channel, Ultra-wideband with versatile LO, low phase noise and fast tuning speed.