OpenRFM describes a standards-based, modular open architecture that proposes design, test, and control practices for interfacing RF and digital subsystems in an embedded computing architecture. It enables the integration of RF and microwave elements within electronic warfare (EW), radar and signals intelligence (SIGINT) sensor processing chains by standardizing electromechanical and thermal interfaces, software, and control plane protocols.

The goal is to help enable prime contractors and the DoD to refresh existing and develop future applications more efficiently and affordably.

This technical white paper:

  • Presents an overview on why the concept of OpenRFM was initiated by Mercury
  • Provides a technical discussion regarding the OpenRFM architecture
  • Concludes with an EW application-specific case study using OpenVPX and OpenRFM standard functional building blocks.