New Weather Radar Signal Processing Platform from Vaisala

(Williamsburg, VA, October 5, 2009) Vaisala introduces a new signal processing platform for its weather radar product family. Sigmet RVP900(TM) Digital Receiver and Signal Processor is now available for both new weather radar installations and upgrades for existing radars.

Vaisala's Sigmet product line has a 28 year history of developing innovative, high-quality signal processing products to the weather radar community. The predecessor of the RVP900 was the first digital receiver/signal processor on the market to be based on open hardware and software architecture.

The RVP900 consolidates all of the earlier model's hardware and functions into one single package. Computational power has been increased, allowing the use of multiple, advanced processing algorithms simultaneously to improve output data. It can perform 38.4 billion multiply-accumulate cycles per second, and the flexibility in computer servers enables choosing the fastest processors and motherboards on the market.

Comprehensive digital IF and signal processing functions as well as PCI bus-less architecture with direct Ethernet linking provide further enhancements in terms of usability. All in all, the RVP900 has substantially improved capabilities for dynamic range, sensitivity, and sampling rate. It can be integrated into existing software or purchased with Vaisala's IRIS software for Linux workstations.

The Sigmet RVP900 Digital Receiver and Signal Processor will be introduced in the 34th American Meteorological Society's Conference on Radar Meteorology taking place in Williamsburg, VA (USA) as of today. Vaisala's booth is #4.

Vaisala is a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement. Building on more than 70 years of experience, Vaisala contributes to a better quality of life by providing a comprehensive range of innovative observation and measurement products and services for meteorology, weather critical operations and controlled environments. Headquartered in Finland, Vaisala employs over 1,200 professionals worldwide and is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.

More information:
Ken Goss,
Sales and Marketing Director, Vaisala, Inc.
tel. +1 978 239 1110,

Sanna Nyström, Communications (Finland)
tel. +358 9 8949 3080,

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