The concept of Embedded Computing implies data processing being done outside the cloud to offload central processing and lower the need to transfer massive amounts of data. This is what we do at BitSim NOW: embedded processing with customized hardware solutions and different types of standardized data interfaces. Analog to digital data conversion with high sampling rates or in high resolution with a clean and noise free signal information. For higher bandwidths and sampling speeds (up to 4.8 Gsamples/s), BitSim’s existing ADC boards can be reused. For High speed data transfers BitSim’s IP UDP Ethernet interface can handle data rates up to 10 Gbits/s. In the other end ADC-conversion up to 32 bits resolution. Processors are used as separate components or integrated into programmable devices (FPGAs).
A cost- and time-effective modular digital acquisition system that can be used in slim boreholes, commonly drilled in the mining industry, but also down to depths as deep as 2 500 m is missing from the exploration market.
BitSim NOW is together with Uppsala University developing new technology to simplify mineral exploration. The system consists of a string with a number of hydrophones connected to a wire which is lowered down into a slim hole. High Resolution Analog to Digital converters are used to acquire the Geophysical data to create the patterns for Geological analysis and modelling.
Instead of heavy trucks, large winches, power generation and other type of equipment needing high power, BitSim’s system is light weight and consumes extremely low power. These factors enable a smaller and simpler surface equipment and surface vehicles.
This is an ongoing project funded by the EU Horizon 2020 program. See further
Radio Astronomy – Orbital Angular Momentum detection (OAM)
BitSim NOW developed Digital Signal Processing board for Uppsala University’s IRF, the Institute of Radio Physics. The hardware based on FPGA technology enabled the Radio Physicist Researchers to apply their algorithms for detecting OAM Radio Waves. For an explanation of OAM for Radio, see the Wikipedia article.
The system consist of a Carrier Card and an FMC ADC board with an Analog Front end sampling at 130 MSPS at 16 bits resolution.