Radar and Electronic Warfare Research and Prototyping

Rapidly Design New Radar & EW Capability

Radar and EW researchers and systems engineers need to take new ideas from the whiteboard to full software simulation, and then migrate IP to a hardware demonstrator or testbed. Time spent building out supporting infrastructure is an obstacle that prevents designers from focusing on their true task at hand—proving out algorithms, waveforms, architectures, or components. NI de-risks the transition from concept to proof of concept with modular I/O, robust data movement and synchronization, and processing technologies—tied together with integrated development software.


Rapidly Prototyping Novel Concepts for Radar & EW

Emerging threats drive radar and EW researchers to prove out novel concepts faster. NI modular COTS components provide the flexibility to quickly adapt to new requirements, increase capability, and operate in contested EM environments. With robust data movement and synchronization infrastructure and integrated development tools, NI accelerates your transition from concept to fielded system.

Open Architecture for Radar & EW

Radar/EW Research Architecture

NI’s Open Architecture for Radar and EW Research incorporates USRP Software Defined Radio Devices and open-source software, providing an accelerated starting point for radar and EW prototyping.

Focus on Algorithm Design

NI’s Open Architecture for Radar and EW Research provides a robust data movement and synchronization framework, allowing you to focus on improving the capability of algorithms and waveforms instead of building out custom infrastructure.

Get Up and Running Faster

Freely available code built upon C++ and the RFNoC API for the USRP Hardware Driver (UHD) along with documentation for software and hardware configuration provide an advanced starting point for building a radar or electronic warfare prototype.

Select Validated Processing Options

Processing the Tx and Rx signals in a high-channel-count system creates a heavy computational load. The Open Architecture for Radar and EW Research has been validated with specific servers and network interface cards to give you confidence in your hardware configuration.

Achieve Phase Coherency

Synchronize up to 32 Tx-Tx, Rx-Rx, Tx-Rx channels and achieve coherent operation throughout the duration of experiments with shared local oscillator and 10 MHz Reference Clock signals.

Work with an NI Partner

The NI Partner Network is a global community of domain, application, and test experts working with NI to meet your needs. NI Partners are trusted solution providers, systems integrators, consultants, product developers, and services- and sales-channel experts skilled in a range of industry and application areas.

Additional Resources

Prototyping Radar Concepts with MathWorks MATLAB® Software and NI VSTs

See how to model a radar system with MathWorks Radar Toolbox and use wrappers for LabVIEW to target NI vector signal transceivers (VSTs) from MathWorks MATLAB software. Your algorithms can be assessed in simulation and with hardware.

Designing and Prototyping Cognitive Radar Systems

Explore how cognitive radars use machine learning and artificial intelligence to adapt to the evolving EM environment. NI’s software-defined, FPGA-based instruments can be used to design and prototype cognitive radar systems.