Mezzanine Cards

WILDSTAR Mezzanine Cards (WMC) are designed from the ground up for superior density and analog performance. They include 16 high speed serial lanes and over 96 LVDS lines to accommodate even the most bandwidth hungry ADC or DACs. By providing far more voltages to the mezzanine card than competing form factors, noisy power supplies are eliminated from the noise-sensitive mezzanine card and moved to the baseboard, improving analog performance over competing options. With a taller stacking height, cooling is also improved as a larger heatsink can be used and there is also more separation from digital signaling on the baseboard. All WILDSTAR Mezzanine Cards have fully tested FPGA interfaces to provide reliable data transfer between the two even at the highest sample rates and are qualified on Annapolis baseboards for reliable system integration. The WILDSTAR Mezzanine Card specification is open and customers can design their own proprietary cards if needed.

All Annapolis ADC/DACs deliver world class performance, allow for synchronization across multiple cards, and can accept external clock and trigger. Some cards also have on-board (internal) clocking options.

On WILDSTAR 7 and WILDSTAR A5 baseboards, there is an option to populate three QSFP+ cages on the baseboard (1st slot) and then still use a WILDSTAR Mezzanine Card in a second slot. The QSFP+ interfaces can run up to 14.1 Gbps and each is capable of running a 40Gb Ethernet or QDR/FDR Infiniband interface (IP included with board purchase) or other high-speed protocol such as Annap Micro Protocol which is a low FPGA resource usage protocol with full flow control and variable line rate.

The QSFP+ option is a manufacturing option chosen when the board is purchased. WILDSTAR Mezzanine Cards are compatible across the product line and can be swapped or upgraded as needed. There are some compatibility exceptions with older mezzanine cards being used on WILDSTAR 7 or WILDSTAR A5 baseboards due to FPGA technology changes.

See all of the Annapolis Mezz Cards.

  • WILD FMC+ QM60 ADC & DAC – WWQM60

    This high performance WILD FMC+ QM60 ADC & DAC has four input bandwidth options, internal sample clock options and internal 10MHz reference clock options. This card allows for eight ADC and twelve DAC channels in one 6U OpenVPX slot (or four ADC and six DAC channels for 3U) when plugged into WILDSTAR OpenVPX FPGA mainboards. The QM60 also has speed grades up to 6GSps (ADC) and 12GSps (DAC) with a resolution of 12 Bits (ADC) and 16 Bits (DAC) .

    Compatible with any WILDSTAR mainboard with a WILD FMC+ slot.

  • WILD FMC+ GM63 ADC & DAC – WWGM63

    This high density WILD FMC+ GM63 ADC & DAC features Gen 3 Xilinx® Zynq® UltraScale+™ RF System-on-Chip (RFSoC) technology. It provides 4 ADC channels and 4 DAC channels.

    The GM63 is available for use with Annapolis’ WILDSTAR PCIe and OpenVPX Baseboards. Also designed for standalone use, the GM63 is designed for applications limited by Size, Weight, Power, and Cost (SWaP-C). This WILD FMC+ card operates within a tight envelope; it is slimmer than a 3U OpenVPX board, with about 45% less depth.

    The versatile GM63 is ideal for advanced High Performance Computing (HPC), Radar, and Electronic Warfare (EW) applications, including DRFM, beamforming, sensor processing, wireless communication, and radar signal processing.

  • WILD FMC+ QA31 ADC – WWQA31

    This high performance WILD FMC+ QA31 ADC has four input bandwidth options, internal sample clock options and internal 10MHz reference clock options. This card allows for eight ADC channels in one 6U OpenVPX slot (or four channels for 3U) when plugged into WILDSTAR OpenVPX FPGA mainboards. The WILD FMC+ QA31 ADC card also has optional speed grades up to 3GSps with a resolution of 14 Bits.

    The QA31 is optimized for analog input frequencies between 1-4GHz. Also available: QA30 is a similar wider-band card that is more suitable outside the 1-4GHz range.

    Compatible with any WILDSTAR mainboard with a WILD FMC+ slot.

  • WILD FMC+ GM62 ADC & DAC – WWGM62

    This high density WILD FMC+ GM62 ADC & DAC features Gen 3 Xilinx® Zynq® UltraScale+™ RF System-on-Chip (RFSoC) technology. It provides 8 ADC channels and 2 DAC channels.

    The GM62 is available for use with Annapolis’ WILDSTAR PCIe and OpenVPX Baseboards. Also designed for standalone use, the GM62 is designed for applications limited by Size, Weight, Power, and Cost (SWaP-C). This WILD FMC+ card operates within a tight envelope; it is slimmer than a 3U OpenVPX board, with about 45% less depth.

    The versatile GM62 is ideal for advanced High Performance Computing (HPC), Radar, and Electronic Warfare (EW) applications, including DRFM, beamforming, sensor processing, wireless communication, and radar signal processing.

  • WILD FMC+ GM61 ADC & DAC – WWGM61

    This high density WILD FMC+ GM61 ADC & DAC features Gen 3 Xilinx® Zynq® UltraScale+™ RF System-on-Chip (RFSoC) technology. It provides 2 ADC channels and 8 DAC channels.

    The GM61 is available for use with Annapolis’ WILDSTAR PCIe and OpenVPX Baseboards. Also designed for standalone use, the GM61 is designed for applications limited by Size, Weight, Power, and Cost (SWaP-C). This WILD FMC+ card operates within a tight envelope; it is slimmer than a 3U OpenVPX board, with about 45% less depth.

    The versatile GM61 is ideal for advanced High Performance Computing (HPC), Radar, and Electronic Warfare (EW) applications, including DRFM, beamforming, sensor processing, wireless communication, and radar signal processing.

  • WILD FMC+ QM30 ADC & DAC – WWQM30

    This high performance WILD FMC+ QM30 ADC & DAC has four input bandwidth options, internal sample clock options and internal 10MHz reference clock options. This card allows for eight ADC and eight DAC channels in one 6U OpenVPX slot (or four ADC and four DAC channels for 3U) when plugged into WILDSTAR OpenVPX FPGA mainboards. The WILD FMC+ QM30 ADC & DAC card also has optional speed grades up to 9GSps with a resolution of 14 Bits.

    Compatible with any WILDSTAR mainboard with a WILD FMC+ slot.

  • Quad 12GSps 16-Bit DAC WFMC+ – WWQDA1

    This high performance quad channel 12GSps DAC with two input bandwidth options, optional 50Ω SSMC I/O connectors, internal sample clock options and internal 10MHz reference clock options.

    Compatible with any WILDSTAR mainboard with a WFMC+ slot.

  • Sidekiq™ Multi-Channel RF Transceiver – X2 and X4

    The programmable Sidekiq X2 and X4 from Epiq Solutions are multi-channel RF transceiver cards that introduce a new level of RF integration and capability, reducing product development times and improving wideband range, versatility, and performance. Sidekiq creates a flexible, high-capacity RF transceiver solution that is designed for pairing (as shown in photo) with a high-performance WILDSTAR FPGA Baseboard.

  • WILD FMC+ TO00 Serial I/O Optical – WWTO00

    This high performance WILD FMC+ TO00 Serial I/O Optical squeezes six FireFly™ optical transceivers on a single Mezzanine. Each transceiver runs up to 28Gbps.

    Compatible with any WILDSTAR mainboard with a WILD FMC+ slot.

  • WILD FMC+ QA30 ADC – WWQA30

    This high performance WILD FMC+ QA30 ADC has four input bandwidth options, internal sample clock options and internal 10MHz reference clock options. This card allows for eight ADC channels in one 6U OpenVPX slot (or four channels for 3U) when plugged into WILDSTAR OpenVPX FPGA mainboards. The WILD FMC+ QA30 ADC card also has optional speed grades up to 3GSps with a resolution of 14 Bits.

    Also available: QA31 is a similar narrower-band card that is optimized for analog input frequencies between 1-4GHz.

    Compatible with any WILDSTAR mainboard with a WILD FMC+ slot.