A/D and D/A Converters utilize Virtex-7 FPGAs.

Press Release Summary:

Suited for radar, communications, and DAQ applications, FlexorSet Model 5973-324 for 3U VPX and Model 7070-324 for PCIe consist of Flexor Model 3324 4-channel A/D and 4-channel D/A FMC installed on either of 2 carriers. Carriers contain Pentek FPGA intellectual property for A/D acquisition and D/A waveform playback, which is matched to four 500 MHz, 16-bit A/Ds and four 1.5 GHz, 16-bit D/As with digital up-converters on FMC. Software development tools enable rapid application development.

Original Press Release:

Pentek Introduces FlexorSet Turn-key Multichannel, High-Speed A/D and D/A

• Four 500 MHz, 16-bit A/Ds

• Four 1.5 GHz, 16-bit D/As with digital up converters (DUCs)

• Complete 3U VPX or PCIe solution with Virtex-7 FPGA

• Ruggedized versions for harsh military environments available

• Radar, communications and data acquisition applications

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ – Pentek, Inc., today introduced two new FlexorSets™: FlexorSet Model 5973-324 for 3U VPX and Model 7070-324 for PCIe. They consist of the new Flexor Model 3324 4-Channel A/D & 4-Channel D/A FMC installed on either of two carriers. The carriers contain optimized Pentek FPGA intellectual property (IP) for A/D acquisition and D/A waveform playback, which is ideally matched to the four 500 MHz, 16-bit A/Ds and the four 1.5 GHz, 16-bit D/As with digital up-converters (DUCs) on the FMC. A rich set of software development tools enables rapid application development and rapid time to market.

The Model 3324 FMC front end accepts four analog HF or IF inputs on front panel connectors with transformer coupling into two Texas Instruments ADS54J69 dual A/D converters, boosting density for high channel count systems.

On the output side, a Texas Instruments DAC38J84 D/A converter accepts baseband real or complex data streams from the FPGA. Each stream then passes through digital interpolation and upconversion stages before delivery to the D/A. Output sampling rates up to 1.5 GHz are supported, with or without translation.

FlexorSet carriers support the 3324 FMC with a choice of Virtex-7 FPGAs to match the specific requirements of the processing task. Optional optical interfaces for gigabit serial inter-board communication and optional LVDS connections to the Virtex-7 FPGA for custom I/O afford flexible configuration of the platform.

“These FlexorSet carriers include critical IP for data converters, memory and system interfaces plus additional signal processing resources for custom tasks,” said Rodger Hosking, vice-president of Pentek. "The Model 3324 FMC delivers a high-density front end, nicely balanced with four wideband analog inputs and outputs and superior signal quality. Pentek now can offer twice the number of channels at twice the sampling rate of previous models.”

Bundling for Seamless Integration

Both FlexorSets come pre-configured with a suite of built-in functions for data acquisition, time tagging and waveform playback, all tailored and optimized for the FMC and carrier. This IP enables high performance capture and delivery of data to provide an ideal turn-key signal interface for radar, communications and general data acquisition applications, eliminating the FMC/carrier integration effort typically left to the user.

Development Tools and Software Support

FlexorSet presents system integrators with an ideal development and deployment platform for custom IP. The Pentek GateFlow® FPGA design kit gives users access to the complete factory installed IP at the source level, allowing them to extend or even replace the built-in functions.

Pentek’s GateXpress® PCIe configuration manager supports dynamic FPGA reconfiguration though software commands as part of the runtime application. This provides an efficient way to quickly reload the FPGA, which slashes development time during testing. For deployed environments, GateXpress enables reloading the FPGA without the need to reset the host system, ideal for applications that require dynamic access to multiple processing IP algorithms.

Pentek’s ReadyFlow® Board Support Package is available with drivers for Windows and Linux operating systems. The ReadyFlow C-callable library contains a complete suite of initialization, control and status functions, as well as a rich set of precompiled, ready-to-run-examples, accelerate application development.

By plugging the FlexorSets into a Pentek 8266 SPARK PC development system or a 8267 SPARK  VPX development system, work can begin immediately on applications. The SPARK system saves engineers the time and expense associated with building and testing a development system and ensures optimum performance of Pentek boards. All SPARK development systems come with software and hardware installed and ready for immediate operation.

Form Factors, Pricing and Availability

FlexorSets are designed for air-cooled, conduction-cooled, and rugged operating environments. The FlexorSet Model 5973-324 for 3U VPX and the FlexorSet Model 7070-324 for PCIe both start at $24,890 USD. Delivery is 10-12 weeks ARO.

About Pentek

Pentek, Inc., an ISO 9001:2008 certified company, designs, manufactures and markets innovative COTS and rugged DSP boards and system recorders for commercial, government and military systems, including radar, communications, medical and industrial control applications. Pentek offers powerful VME, VPX, VXS, PMC, XMC, FMC, cPCI, PCI, PCIe and AMC boards for data acquisition, software radio and digital signal processing featuring Xilinx FPGAs. Pentek’s high-speed real-time recording systems are pre-configured and can be used in the lab or deployed in the field. Pentek equips all boards and recorder products with high-performance I/O including gigabit serial interfaces, powerful software development tools and offers strong DSP software support. For more information about Pentek, Inc. please visit www.pentek.com.

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Mario Schiavone

Pentek, Inc.

One Park Way

Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458-2311


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Email news@pentek.com

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