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AIS Baseband Processor ICs (with embedded exactTrax™)

CMX7032 and CMX7042

  • GMSK and FSK Modem
  • Marine AIS and DSC data formatting
  • exactTraxTM operation and formatting
  • Supports CSTDMA/SOTDMA operation
  • Configurable by Function Image
  • Optimum co-channel performance
  • Flexible signal channels:
    • Two simultaneous Rx
    • One Tx
  • Two flexible Integer-N Synthesisers (CMX7032 only)
  • Two synthesised PLL clocks
  • Limiter-discriminator Rx interface
  • Flexible Tx interface
    • I and Q
    • Two Point Modulation
  • Auxilary ADC and DAC Functions
    • Four x 10-bit DACs
    • Two x 10-bit ADCs
  • AIS class A transceivers
  • AIS class B transceivers
  • exactTraxTM long range AIS tracking
  • Marine AIS Rx-only
  • AIDS to Navigation (AtoN)
  • Marine AIS Search and Rescue Transponder (SART)
Supply Requirement:
  • 3.3V power supply

The CMX7032 and CMX7042 are highly integrated baseband signalling processor ICs that fulfil the requirement of an SOTDMA and CSTDMA AIS transceiver, dual AIS Receive only device and exactTraxTM long range AIS Class-B tracking.

These devices provide a quick route to developing an AIS based system and getting to market fast. Embedding much of the AIS, DSC and exactTrax™ protocol ensures minimal host involvement, therefore the designer can concentrate on the overall end application.Built on FirmASIC® technology, the CMX7032/CMX7042  provide the ultimate flexibility when designing Marine AIS  based systems.

Three function Images are available, these can be downloaded from the CML Technical Portal (contact for access):

· AIS class A/B transceiver operation (CSTDMA/SOTDMA) - 7032/7042FI-1.x

· Low cost automonous AIS dual receiver operation - 7032/7042FI-2.x

· exactTrax™ + AIS class B transceiver operation - 7032/7042FI-3.x

CMX7032 and CMX7042 Block Diagram

exactTraxTM is a registered trademark of exactEarth®

Design Support Information


CMX7032 and CMX7042 FAQ

Function Image Loading Options
Q. I am about to start a design using one of your FirmASIC® based products, what is the most suitable method of storing the associated Function Image™ in my project?

A. Our FirmASIC® based devices require a Function Image to configure their On-chip sub-systems. 
This data file is uploaded during device initialisation and defines the device's function and feature set.

The Function Image can be loaded automatically from external serial memory or from a host µController over the C-BUS/SPI port. The serial memory can be programmed using a dedicated programmer.The serial memory can also be programmed using the target CMX7xxx device and the host processor. This facility makes programming the serial memory possible during factory test or through field upgrade.
    -The method for loading an FI over C-Bus/SPI is detailed in the device's data sheet.
    -The method for programming the serial memory is described in this Application Note.

For FI-2.x only. Directions for loading an FI over the RS-232 port can be found here.

For CMX7032 FI-2.x
Q. The CMX7032 FI-2.x includes a NRESET pin, I understand that this allows the device to be fully reset following a temporary loss of power (e.g. Brown Out Condition).
Is there a particular way to use this pin if I am using an external Serial memory to store the Function Image?

A. The hyperlinked pdf document [CMX7032 Power-up and Reset] provides an illustration of how the NRESET can be used during a Brown Out Condition.
It can be used at any time following an initial [power up sequence and Function Image load).
CML recommends the use of an external voltage supervisor IC if it is exposed to variable supplies such as those found in automobile applications.

For 7032FI-1.x

Q. I am about to evaluate the AIS Baseband Processor what Evaluation Kit is recommended?

A. For evaluation at baseband, either the PE0201 or PE0401 kits are the best option. These kits can be used with RF test sets or vector generators and signal analysers. The tx and rx channels require a relatively flat frequency response that extends near to dc.

For 7032FI-1.x use the PE0201 kit with the following changes:

  • C21 and C22 on the Mod1 and Mod2 paths should be removed
  • C11 at the discriminator input must be replaced by a zero ohm link
  • The removal of C17 may also benefit performance
  • All other components may remain the same

For 7042FI-1.x use a PE0402 kit where solder pads are provided to allow a solder bridge to be made in series with each input decoupling capacitor. The outputs are already dc coupled so no further changes are required. See the PE0402 User Manual and schematic.

For RF evaluation, the DE70321 provides a complete solution and is offered as a demonstration kit that can form the basis of a reference design.

  • The DE70321 for evaluation using FI-2.x as a standalone AIS receiver.
  • The DE70321 with the PE0003 for evaluation using FI-1.x in AIS receivers.
  • The DE70321T with the PE0002 for evaluation using FI-1.x in AIS transceiver designs.

Note: If evaluating the 7042FI-1.x with a PE0401 kit the same modifications should be made.

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