JadeFX® Model 5983 Carrier Board supports ANSI/VITA-66.4 optical interface.

Press Release Summary:

JadeFX® Model 5983 3U VPX Carrier Board is suitable for connecting to IF, HF or RF ports of a communications or radar system. Unit comes with 9 GB of DDR4 SDRAM and optional GPS and 12 GB/sec VITA-66.4 optical backplane I/O. Unit’s optical interface enables up to 12 GB/sec backplane communication between boards. Product features x8 PCIe Gen 3 link that delivers 6.4 GB/s data transfers to system memory and is embedded with navigator BSP and FDK.

Original Press Release:

Pentek Announces Kintex UltraScale FMC Carrier for 3U VPX

  • 3U VPX Carrier for Pentek Flexor FMC and FMC+ Modules
  • JadeFX Architecture with Xilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGA
  • FlexorSet Integrated Sub-systems
  • Navigator Design Suite for Streamlined IP Development

Pentek, Inc., today introduced the JadeFX® Model 5983, a 3U VPX carrier board for FMC and FMC+ modules based on the high performance Xilinx Kintex Ultrascale FPGA. The Model 5983 includes a VITA-57.4 FMC site providing access to a wide range of I/O options. When combined with any of Pentek’s Flexor® FMCs to create a FlexorSet®, it becomes a complete multichannel data conversion and processing subsystem suitable for connection to IF, HF or RF ports of a communications or radar system.

The Model 5983 is the carrier foundation for a new series of FlexorSets capable of hosting FMC and FMC+ modules. The check-off for enhancements include:

  • 1.5X higher performance utilizing 15% less power with the Kintex Ultrascale FPGA
  • 2.8X increase in FMC bandwidth potential with the new FMC+ standard
  • 1.5X faster memory transfer rate with 9 GB of DDR4 SDRAM
  • Optional GPS for precise data tagging for time and position
  • Optional 12 GB/sec VITA-66.4 optical backplane I/O
  • Navigator BSP and FDK for streamlined IP development

"The Model 5983 substantially improves performance in all aspects," said Bob Sgandurra, director of Product Development of Pentek. "Our customers are excited to upgrade existing designs and launch new programs that can take advantage of these improvements. The Model 5983 becomes the biggest and brightest member of our FlexorSet offerings with these enhancements."

The JadeFX Architecture for Flexor FMCs

The Pentek JadeFX Architecture defines Pentek FMC and FMC+ carrier boards based on the Xilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGA, which raises the digital signal processing (DSP) performance by 1.5X with equally impressive reductions in cost, power dissipation and weight. As the central feature of the JadeFX Architecture, the FPGA has access to all data and control paths, enabling factory-installed functions including data multiplexing, channel selection, data packing, gating, triggering and memory control. A 9 GB bank of DDR4 SDRAM operating at 2400 MHz is available to the FPGA for custom applications. The x8 PCIe Gen 3 link can sustain 6.4 GB/s data transfers to system memory. Eight additional gigabit serial lanes and LVDS general-purpose I/O lines are available for custom solutions.

The Model 5983 supports the ANSI/VITA-66.4 optical interconnect standard that provides up to 12 optical duplex lanes to the backplane. With the installation of a serial protocol, the optical interface enables gigabit backplane communications between boards at up to 12 GB/sec independent of the PCIe interface.


The Model 5983 JadeFX carrier is designed to operate with all of Pentek’s Flexor FMC and FMC+ modules. When integrated as a FlexorSet package, the Model 5983 is delivered with factory-installed intellectual property (IP) modules ideally matched to the FMC’s analog or digital interfaces. These include A/D acquisition and D/A waveform playback engines for simplifying data capture and playback.

Navigator Design Suite for Streamlined IP Development

Pentek's Navigator® Design Suite consists of two components: Navigator FDK (FPGA Design Kit) for integrating custom IP into Pentek sourced designs and Navigator BSP (Board Support Package) for creating host software applications. The FDK includes factory-installed modules as documented source code. Developers can integrate their own IP with the Pentek factory-installed functions or use the Navigator kit to completely replace the Pentek IP with their own.

Users can work efficiently at the API level for software development and with an intuitive graphical interface for IP design. The Navigator BSP is available for Windows and Linux operating systems.

Pre-Configured SPARK System Ready for Immediate Use

With a Pentek 8267 SPARK® 3U VPX development system, work can begin immediately on applications. A SPARK system saves engineers time and expense associated with building and testing a development system and ensures optimum performance of Pentek boards. SPARK development systems are ready for immediate operation with software and hardware installed. In many applications, the SPARK development system can become the final deployed application platform.

Pricing and Availability

Designed for air-cooled, conduction-cooled, and rugged operating environments, the Model 5983 carrier with 9 GB of DDR4 SDRAM starts at $14,250 USD. Additional FPGA options and optical interface are available. Delivery is 10 to 12 weeks ARO.

The Navigator Design Suite consists of two packages. The Navigator BSP is $2,500 USD and the Navigator FDK is $3,500 USD.

About Pentek

Pentek, an ISO 9001:2008 certified company, designs, manufactures and markets innovative COTS and rugged DSP boards and real-time recorders for commercial, government and military systems, including radar, communications, medical and industrial control applications. Pentek offers powerful VPX, XMC, FMC, FMC+, cPCI, 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.

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