Development System supports Cobalt and Onyx VPX boards.

Press Release Summary:

Built on professional 6U 9-slot, rackmount workstation, SPARK™ Model 8264 accelerates application development for Pentek Cobalt® Virtex-6 and Onyx® Virtex-7 FPGA I/O boards. System is populated with VPX single board computer featuring Intel Core i7® processor and DDR SDRAM. Configurable with Windows 7 Professional or Linux operating system, Model 8264 comes with ReadyFlow® BSP drivers and board support libraries, fully pre-installed and tested.

Original Press Release:

Pentek Expands SPARK Development Systems to 6U VPX

- Immediately start application development on fully-tested system

- Assembled and pre-configured for Pentek Cobalt and Onyx VPX boards

- Rackmount 6U VPX workstation with Windows 7 Pro or Linux OS

- ReadyFlow drivers and board support libraries installed

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ — Pentek, Inc., today announced the launch of the newest member of the SPARK™ development systems, the Model 8264. The Model 8264 is a pre-configured 6U VPX system to speed application development for the expansive family of Pentek Cobalt® Virtex-6 and Onyx® Virtex-7 FPGA 6U VPX software radio and data acquisition I/O boards. The Model 8264 is delivered with customer selected Pentek hardware configured for either Windows 7 Professional or Linux operating systems along with ReadyFlow® BSP drivers and software examples, fully installed and tested. This pre-integrated system not only targets research and development in a lab environment, but also serves as a platform for deployed applications.

The Model 8264 extends the family of SPARK development systems that also includes the Model 8267 3U VPX and the Model 8266 PC development systems giving customers a choice that meets their needs. In all configurations, the hardware is pre-installed in the appropriate slots and fully configured with proper cabling, power and cooling strategies. The CPU board is configured with optimized BIOS and operating system settings. The customer simply needs to unpack the system, power up and start developing or run example applications right out-of-the-box.

“The Model 8264 SPARK development platform slashes development time by weeks, because the development team can start coding immediately,” stated Rodger Hosking, vice president of Pentek. “The value of a pre-configured system with pre-compiled example code is priceless at the early development stage, where the learning curve can be quite steep.”

Pentek teams up with customers to select from the extensive family of Cobalt and Onyx 6U VPX modules and then evaluates system requirements to configure the Model 8264 most appropriate for the final application. Engineering teams, big and small alike, can take advantage of Pentek expertise and SPARK to jumpstart a tight development schedule.

ReadyFlow Software

Pentek ReadyFlow drivers and board support libraries are preinstalled and tested. ReadyFlow includes example applications with full source code, a command line interface for immediate control over hardware without the need for compiling any code, and Pentek’s Signal Analyzer, a full-featured analysis tool that continuously displays live signals in both time and frequency domains.

System Implementation

Built on a professional 6U 9-slot, rackmount workstation, the Model 8264 is populated with a high-performance VPX single board computer with an Intel Core i7® processor and DDR3 SDRAM. All necessary analog and timing cables are installed and tested, providing SMA connectivity for all analog I/O lines. The Model 8264 can be configured with 64-bit Windows Professional or Linux operating systems. These features accelerate application code development and provide unhindered access to the high-bandwidth links connecting the Cobalt and Onyx analog and digital I/O modules.

Pricing and Availability

The Model 8264 starts at $17,495 USD for the base platform. Price includes the VPX chassis with all power supplies and fans, CPU board with rear transition module, switch card, ReadyFlow board support libraries, cables, integration, testing and set up. Delivery is 10 to 12 weeks ARO. Pentek provides free lifetime support for all of their products.

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