Rapidly Research and Prototype Novel Concepts for Radar and Electronic Warfare

Emerging threats drive radar researchers and systems engineers to prove out novel concepts faster. They need the flexibility to quickly adapt to new requirements, increase capability, and assure operation in contested EM environments. Rapid transition from concept to proof of concept is often limited by the speed of building a custom hardware testbed and then migrating IP from simulation to hardware. This creates obstacles to meeting accelerated acquisition timelines imposed by defense departments. NI COTS components help:


  • Rapidly assess new techniques in areas like cognitive radar, SAR, passive, and multistatic radar

  • Transition from software simulation to a multichannel hardware testbed with minimal code rewrites or custom hardware design

  • Minimize the cost of evaluating new ideas by reducing custom hardware and firmware development

  • Validate performance of new approaches in the lab, chamber, and range to demonstrate operational impact 

COTS Components for Radar and EW Research and Prototyping

  • USRP SDR devices provide a software-defined RF architecture to design and prototype radar systems with custom signal processing.

  • The PXI Vector Signal Transceiver combines a vector signal analyzer and generator with a user-programmable FPGA for real-time signal processing from baseband to Ka band.

  • PXI FlexRIO IF Transceivers combine high-speed data converters with Xilinx FPGAs for real-time signal processing and high-performance analog input.

  • LabVIEW enables rapid access to hardware and data insights for applications that require test, measurement, and control.  

  • The USRP Hardware Driver (UHD) and RF Network on Chip (RFNoC) support open-source development and simplify 

    heterogeneous processing with FPGAs in software defined radio applications.

Solution Advantages

Build Your Solution with the NI Ecosystem

NI offers a variety of solution integration options customized to your application-specific requirements. You can use your own internal integration teams for full system control or leverage the expertise of NI and our worldwide NI Partner Network to obtain a turnkey solution.

NI Partner Network

The NI Partner Network is a global community of domain, application, and overall test development experts working closely with NI to meet the needs of the engineering community. NI Partners are trusted solution providers, systems integrators, consultants, product developers, and services and sales channel experts skilled across a wide range of industries and application areas.

Services and Support

NI works with customers throughout the life of an application, delivering training, technical support, consultation and integration services, and maintenance programs. Teams can discover new skills by participating in NI-specific and geographic user groups and build proficiency with online and in-person training.

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