Model 5553

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SOSA Aligned 8-Channel A/D & D/A 3U VPX Board

The Quartz® Model 5553 is a high-performance, SOSA-aligned 3U OpenVPX board based on the Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC. The RFSoC integrates eight RF class A/D and D/A converters into the Zynq’s multiprocessor architecture, creating a multichannel data conversion and processing solution on a single chip. The Model 5553 brings RFSoC performance to 3U VPX with a complete system on a board.

Complementing the RFSoC’s on-chip resources are the 5553’s sophisticated clocking section for single board and multiboard synchronization, a low-noise front end for RF input and output, 16 GBytes of DDR4, a 10 GigE interface, a 40 GigE interface, a gigabit serial optical interface capable of supporting dual 100 GigE connections and general purpose serial and parallel signal paths to the FPGA.


Expedite Development Time

The available Navigator® Design Suite includes a board support package (BSP) and a FPGA design kit (FDK) providing complete operational control of the hardware and easy configuration of new FPGA functions.


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Main Features
  • Developed in alignment with the SOSA™ Technical Standard
  • Incorporates Xilinx® Zynq® UltraScale+™ RFSoC
  • 16 GB of DDR4 SDRAM
  • On-board GPS receiver
  • 10 GigE Interface
  • 40 GigE Interface
  • Optional VITA 67.3C optical interface for backplane gigabit serial communication
  • Dual 100 GigE UDP interface
  • Compatible with several VITA standards including: VITA 46, VITA 48, VITA 67.3C, and VITA 65 (OpenVPX™ System Specification)
  • Ruggedized and conduction-cooled
  • Unique QuartzXM eXpress Module enables migration to other form factors
  • Navigator® BSP for software development
  • Navigator® FDK for custom IP development
  • Free lifetime applications support


Key Specifications

Field Programmable Gate Array

  • Type: (standard) Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC XCZU47DR
    • Option -048: Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC XCZU48DR
  • Speed: (standard) -1 speed grade
    • Option -002: -2 speed grade

RFSoC RF Signal Chain

  • A/D Converters
    • Quantity: 8
    • Sampling Rate: 5.0 GHz
    • Resolution: 14 bits
  • D/A Converters
    • Quantity: 8
    • Sampling Rate: 10 GHz
    • Resolution: 14 bits

Sample Clock

  • Source: On-board programmable clock source or external clock source

Reference Clock

  • Source: On-board oscillator, on-board GPS, or exernal source


  • Source: Programmable through software or external source


  • Source: on-board


  • Interface: GPIO
    • Quantity: 10 Pairs
    • Type: LVDS
    • Location: VPX-P1
  • Interface: 10 GigE
    • Location: VPX-P1
  • Interface: 40 GigE
    • VPX-P1
  • Interface: Optical
    • Quantity
      • Option-108: 8 full duplex lanes
    • Speed: 25 Gb/sec
    • Protocol: Factory-installed dual 100 GigE UDP IP cores provides greater than 24 GB/sec data transfers, other protocols supported with user installation IP


  • Processing System
    • Type: DDR4 SDRAM
    • Size: 8 GB
  • Programmable Logic
    • Type: DDR4 SDRAM
    • Size: 8 GB
  • FPGA Configuration FLASH
    • Type: QSPI NOR Flash
    • Size: 2 x 1 Gbit


  • Option -763: L3 (conduction-cooled)
    • Operating Temp: -40° to 70° C
    • Storage Temp: -50° to 100° C
    • Relative Humidity: 0 to 95%, non-condensing
Ordering Information
Model Description
5553  8-Channel A/D & D/A Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC Gen 3 Processor - SOSA Aligned 3U VPX


Options Description
-002 -2 FPGA speed grade, -1 standard
-048 XCZU48DR FPGA (XCZU47DR is standard)
-107 VITA 67.3D 4X optical interface
-108 VITA 67.3D with 4 A/D, 4 D/A, External Reference and Trigger connections installed
-113 VITA 67.3D with 4 A/D, 4 D/A, External Reference and Trigger connections installed
-114 VITA 67.3C with 8 A/D, 8 D/A, External Reference, Trigger, GPS Antenna and External Clock connections installed
-763 Conduction cooled, Level L3

Contact us for compatible option combinations and complete specifications of rugged and conduction-cooled versions.


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