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A Reconfigurable Broadband Sensor Signal Processing Platform for Cross-Cutting Instruments (COMP-X)

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Project Introduction

Classes of future scientific instrumentation in the Astrophysics, Earth Science, and Planetary Science application areas share a common requirement - broadband signal readout, conversion, and processing beyond 1 billion samples per second. Many astrophysics studies currently underway in the Advanced Concepts and Formulation Office, are driving this requirement, with some JWST-follow on concepts requiring onboard signal acquisition and processing in the Terahertz regeime. Future telescopes, broadband spectrometers, radar, radiometers, and lidar digitizers are all instrument classes that are encompassed in this staggering requirement. To address the issue for both near-term and long-term instrumentation, COMP-X is proposed as a broadband signal processing platform that serves as the starting point for development of a common-hardware approach to serve multiple applications in a re-programmable fashion.

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