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Pentek Takes Leadership Role in Delivering Advanced COTS Solutions Targeting Military Applications

Press release date: November 1, 2010

Ruggedized VPX boards first to offer Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGAs for demanding anti-IED systems, airborne and signal intelligence applications SAN JOSE, CA, MILCOM- Again taking a leadership role, Pentek, Inc. today unveiled the first in a family of ruggedized boards for high-performance military and avionics applications utilizing the industry's most advanced FPGA technology. Pentek's 53xxx Cobalt(TM) board family incorporates Xilinx's Virtex-6 FPGAs for on-board signal processing, delivering digital sampling rates to 1 GHz in a compact 3U VPX form factor. By combining processing, data conversion, and preconfigured functions, the 53xxx family is suitable for such applications as UAV, CommINT (Communications Intelligence) transceivers, airborne communications recorders, airborne radar countermeasures, shipboard diversity transceivers and armored vehicle anti-IED systems. According to Rodger Hosking, vice-president of Pentek, "Our new product line represents the industry's highest performance and most comprehensive software radio VPX offerings now available. Further, they fully support the OpenVPX standard (VITA 65) for improved interoperability among vendors, plus the long term availability essential for military programs." VPX is a new, widely-adopted COTS standard that merges the latest connector and packaging offerings with the most advanced gigabit serial fabric technology to provide military systems with a solid migration path for existing VMEbus solutions. Pentek's 53xxx VPX modules support VPX REDI (VITA 48) and feature the ruggedized construction and extended temperature options essential for military installations. The products are available in both air-cooled and conduction-cooled formats. Pentek's 53xxx Cobalt family is the first to bring Virtex-6 FPGA technology to the VPX format. With more than twice the resources of previous Virtex generations, including new enhancements in digital signal processing, logic and clocking, the Virtex-6 family provides developers with a previously unavailable level of customizable processing power. Pentek gives the FPGA full access to all data and control paths and then harnesses its raw processing power by pre-configuring boards with key functions. This strategy provides a wealth of useful turn-key operations, while leaving enough unused FPGA capacity for adding customer-developed IP. Product Offerings All Cobalt VPX products are available with a choice of Xilinx Virtex-6 LXT or SXT FPGA devices to match the application. Other common features of Cobalt boards include PCI Express (Gen 2) interfaces up to 8 lanes wide, synchronous clocking locked to an external system reference, and an LVPECL synch bus for synchronizing multiple modules to increase channel count. The initial release of boards in the 3U VPX series includes: o 53660, with four 16-bit, 200 MHz A/Ds o 53661 with four 16-bit, 200 MHz A/Ds and four multiband DDCs o 53620 with three 16-bit, 200 MHz A/Ds and two16-bit, 800 MHz D/As with DUC o 53621 with three 16-bit, 200 MHz A/Ds, three multiband DDCs, and two 16-bit 800 MHz D/As with DUC and interpolator o 53650 with two 12-bit, 500 MHz A/Ds and two 16-bit, 800 MHz D/As with DUC o 53630 with one 12-bit, 1 GHz A/D and one 16-bit, 1 GHz D/A Embedded IP delivers turnkey software radio solutions Users can readily integrate custom processing algorithms with the factory-installed IP in Cobalt devices using Pentek's GateFlow FPGA design kits. The kits facilitate implementation of DSP functions such as FFTs, FIR filters and software-radio blocks. GateFlow kits include VHDL source files for all standard board features and work in conjunction with the Xilinx IDS Foundation design tools. Software development tools for C-programming include ReadyFlow Board Support packages for Windows, Linux, and VxWorks operating systems. Price and Availability The Cobalt 53xxx 3U VPX module pricing starts at $14,490 USD; delivery is stock to 10 weeks ARO. About Pentek Pentek develops, manufactures and markets innovative DSP systems to original equipment manufacturers, distributors and value-added resellers. Pentek offers powerful VPX, VME, VXS, PMC, XMC, cPCI and PCIe boards for data acquisition, software radio and digital signal processing featuring Texas Instruments C6000 DSPs, Freescale processors and Xilinx FPGAs. Pentek's I/O includes A/Ds, D/As, FPGAs, digital up/downconverters and more. Pentek equips all products with high-performance I/O including gigabit serial interfaces and offers strong DSP software support. For access to the release and data sheets, please visit: North American Sales Contact: Mario Schiavone, Pentek, Inc., One Park Way, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458-2311; Telephone 201-818-5900, ext. 770; Fax 201-818-5904; Email; Website International Sales Contacts: Elexo in France at (33) 0141 22 1023, Galleon Embedded Computing in Germany at (49) 89 4520508 0, LVD Systems in Italy at (39) 011 966 1319, RECAB AB in Sweden at (46) 8 6830307, Advanced Embedded Systems in the UK at (44) 0 1202 885 675, Sela Electronic Systems in Israel at (972) 3 6479969, MISH International in Japan at (81) 42-538-7650, Beijing Betaone Sysjob Ltd. in China at (86) 10 82784106 and Acetronix Co. Ltd. in Korea at (82) 24202343. Please visit for a full list of Pentek representatives and distributors. Media Contact: Barbara Stewart Patterson & Associates 480-488-6909


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