6U VPX FPGA boards for radar, beamforming, communications, and SIGINT introduced by Pentek

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J., 5 Jan. 2015. Pentek Inc. in Upper Saddle River, N.J., is introducing the models 57xxx and 58xxx 6U VPX boards field-programmable gate array (FPGA)-based single-board computers for data acquisition, software-defined radio, and digital signal processing.

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UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J., 5 Jan. 2015. Pentek Inc. in Upper Saddle River, N.J., is introducing the models 57xxx and 58xxx 6U VPX boards field-programmable gate array (FPGA)-based single-board computers for data acquisition, software-defined radio, and digital signal processing.

Pentek's 6U VPX boards offer gigabit serial fabric connections for demanding embedded computing in radar, beamforming, communications, and signals intelligence (SIGINT) applications. These boards are for laboratory and rugged environments with deployable conduction-cooling options.

The model 57xxx has one Express Mezzanine Card (XMC) module installed and the model 58xxx has two XMC modules installed. These products use Cobalt Virtex-6 and Onyx Virtex-7 XMC FPGA modules on carriers for open architecture industry-standard form factors.

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The model 57xxx and 58xxx boards take advantage of the increased I/O to the backplane by adding optional LVDS lines from the FPGA on each XMC to user pins of the VPX backplane connectors.

Optional x4 user-configurable gigabit serial links provide additional interconnect options between the two installed XMC modules and to the VPX backplane.

Key functions of Pentek's 23 Cobalt and Onyx XMC FPGA modules can be extended to 6U VPX systems for data acquisition, software radio and digital signal processing, including Serial FPDP and LVDS digital I/O; A/D converters with sampling rates to 3.6 GHz; D/A converters with sampling rates to 1.25 GHz; Digital down converters (DDC); Digital up converters (DUC); RF tuners to 4 GHz; and Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) channelizers to 2200 channels.

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The 6U VPX model 57xxx and 58xxx series take advantage of the same development tools as the Cobalt and Onyx XMCs, allowing programmers to migrate between hardware platforms.

The Onyx 6U VPX boards take advantage of Pentek's GateXpress PCI Express Configuration Manager for dynamic FPGA reconfiguration, providing tremendous runtime programming flexibility and security.

Pentek ReadyFlow drivers and board support libraries are available for Linux and Windows operating systems. ReadyFlow includes example applications with full source code, a command line interface for custom control over hardware, and Pentek's Signal Analyzer, and an analysis tool that continuously displays live signals in time and frequency domains.

For more information contact Pentek online at www.pentek.com.

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