RFEL finalist in 2012 Elektra Awards

Newport, Isle of Wight, UK – 12 October 2012 – RFEL, who specialize in high performance electronic signal processing solutions, is a finalist in this year’s Elektra Awards in the Embedded System Product of the Year. Its HyperSpeed™ Plus core offers unprecedented performance for Fast Fourier Transforms (FFTs) on an FPGA. http://www.elektraawards.co.uk/elektraawards2012/shortlist-2012

RFEL Hyper-range IP cores

Dr Alex Kuhrt, RFEL’s CEO, said, “So much of the work that we do has to remain secret because it is for military and government departments around the world. Even our commercial work for companies usually has strict NDAs because we are delivering solutions that provide significant commercial advantages. It is therefore tremendous to have our design work recognized by our peers in the Electronics Industry. Winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation this year for the second time gave us a tremendous boost and I am sure that being shortlisted for an Elektra Award will have a similar effect.”

The HyperSpeed™ Plus core has been proven to process complex data streams in continuous real-time at data rates in excess of 52 Giga samples per second for a 2048 point FFT implemented on a Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA device. The new core is the result of further fundamental optimization of RFEL’s well established ‘Hyper-range’ of FFT cores from its family of Digital Signal Processing (DSP) solutions.

FFT Spectrum Waterfall Plot

FFT Spectrum Waterfall Plot

The cores are intended for use in applications where extreme processing is required within minimum silicon resources, such as wideband surveillance and scientific or test instrumentation. When coupled with the latest Analogue-to-Digital Converter devices, the HyperSpeed FFT is the ultimate real-time spectrum analyzer, capable of analyzing tens of GHz of bandwidth continuously in real-time.


RFEL is a UK-based electronic systems designer, providing high specification signal, image and video processing IP solutions that run on FPGAs, as well as supplying digital receiver and complete product solutions for the defense, communications, homeland security and instrumentation markets. Applications include communications base stations, satellite communications systems, test and measurement instrumentation, and bespoke wideband receivers/transceivers.