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About Pentek, Inc.

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Company Profile

Pentek, an ISO 9001:2008 certified company, was founded in 1986 and is now the premier source for high-speed real-time recording systems and software, data acquisition and I/O, digital signal processing (DSP) and software defined radio (SDR) products. Our customers enjoy the performance and flexibility afforded by our system- and board-level commercial and conduction-cooled product lines and our world-class applications support.

Pentek Headquarters
Pentek's 88,000 sq. ft. facility in Upper Saddle River, NJ

"Pentek takes pride in listening to its customers and creating new products to meet their needs. We promise an atmosphere of freedom and creativity among our engineers, so they can design industry-leading products to satisfy the most demanding applications. This has been the key to our success through the years."

-- Rodger Hosking, Vice President

Pentek is the leading board manufacturer offering COTS and rugged 1U Rackmount, AMC, FMC, cPCI, PCI, PCIe, PMC, VME, VPX, VXS, and XMC products featuring Freescale PowerPC's and the latest Xilinx Virtex FPGAs.

Pentek's data acquisition line is extensive and includes A/D's (analog-to-digital), D/A's (digital-to-analog), A/D & D/A's and other analog & digital I/O modules. Pentek's extended line of software radio products include Bandit™ analog receivers, digital receivers and transceivers & upconverters. Pentek equips products with high-speed interfaces including Serial FPDP, Fibre Channel®, Serial RapidIO®, Xilinx Aurora® and much more.

No other DSP vendor can provide such seasoned, in-depth technical expertise in data acquisition, digital signal processing and software radio.


Pentek Mission Statement

Pentek's mission is to provide the embedded community with leading edge system- and board-level solutions for the most demanding requirements in data acquisition, digital signal processing and software radio applications through excellence and innovation.


Pentek Strategies

  • We support an aggressive new product development cycle to meet market demands as we design the next generation of embedded DSP products.
  • We consistently invest more than 15% of revenues in product development, engineering and applications support.
  • We will help you solve the most challenging DSP problems through our dedicated staff of systems engineers who are trained to provide the answers to your hardware, software or applications questions.
  • We recognize today's time-to-market pressures and budget constraints on development resources and we offer low-risk, easy-to-use embedded solutions.


Product Overview

You can select from a variety of processor boards and the industry's most extensive line of advanced analog and digital I/O products, along with exclusive development tools that help you create a custom system. Many of these products include Xilinx's Virtex FPGAs for customized signal processing.

High-Speed Real-Time Recording Systems

  • Economical alternatives to in-house development
  • Fully tested and ready to run right out-of-the-box
  • Full-featured software included

Processor Engines

  • Single and multiprocessor boards with Freescale PowerPC DSPs
  • Xilinx Virtex FPGAs

Data Acquisition

  • Single or multichannel A/Ds and D/As
  • Sampling rates to 3.6 GHz
  • Resolution to 24 bits

Software Radio

  • Up to 520 channels per slot
  • Narrow-, wide- and multi-band versions
  • Downconverters and upconverters


Technology Brief


Life Cycle Management

Pentek's Life Cycle Management system details the current status of any product. Pentek provides extended life cycle support to customers with long-term program requirements to ensure availability of products. Customers must contact Pentek to establish an appropriate plan to satisfy future requirements.


Why Customers Buy From Pentek

The initial hardware and software price often winds up being a small part of the overall cost of getting your application developed and implemented. Taking a long time to develop your system/application software, or getting stuck in a continuous loop of software and hardware debugging, is often the more significant cost component. It is therefore important to take into account the following considerations.

  • Pentek has been designing and building boards for 25+ years: We understand how these boards are going to be used and have designed them for maximum performance, signal quality, thermal characteristics, cooling, FPGA loading, I/O to and through the boards and for channel synchronization where low phase noise is critical. Competitors often cannot meet their own board specifications and have trouble with noise and overheating.
  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and Data Acquisition and I/O Experts: Starting with our very first products, Pentek engineers have been helping customers solve the toughest design challenges in radar and communications systems. By thoroughly understanding advanced signal theory and real-world system considerations, our experts have spread this knowledge to the embedded computing community through thousands of tutorials, industry articles, techcasts, webcast seminars and technical handbooks targeting the most demanding applications. These same experts help Pentek customers choose the best system architectures for a successful design delivered on time.
  • Pentek targets the high-end of the market: Virtually all customers push the capabilities to the max so it is extremely important that the board design is optimized for maximum performance. Building a board is one thing, getting it to perform correctly and at peak performance is another, especially if the FPGA is an integral part of the application. Pentek does not dilute our efforts trying to serve multiple markets so end users get higher performance products and superior technical support.
  • Systems Hardware Prequalification: Pentek has characterized and tested a variety of motherboards, processor boards, RAID controllers, SSDs, etc so that we can recommend the right system hardware from the get go thereby eliminating system and processing bottlenecks and system development time.
  • FPGAs are fully characterized: Pentek provides detailed information on FPGA utilization and can recommend exactly which FPGA to use on each board based on how much user generated IP will be installed.
  • GateFlow FPGA Design Resources: Allows the user to easily modify, replace and extend the standard factory installed functions in the FPGA and add user generated IP. GateFlow includes VHDL source code and all FPGA project files, which significantly shortens the time for end users to develop customer developed IP installed in the signal path.
  • FPGA IP development support: Unlimited customer support is provided. All of Pentek's boards use the FPGA as an integral part of the board for moving data and doing signal processing functions. As a result, Pentek is expert at developing IP and using the Xilinx development and debugging software tool sets. This helps new customers through the process, saving time and money.
  • Technical Support: Pentek offers free, unlimited, lifetime technical support from DSP engineers. Pentek has a dedicated department that only does support. Most of the competition does not, and instead provide very limited support from low level technicians, not DSP engineers. By the very nature of the applications this class board is used for applications that are complicated. Pentek's superior support means customers get their application implemented significantly faster, especially if there is a customer induced software problem that needs debugging. Pentek excels at supporting you until you get your issues resolved. No one else offers this level of support!
  • Documentation: Pentek's documentation is the best in the industry. Download it and look it over. This level of quality documentation saves an enormous amount of development time.
  • Startup Time: You can install and use the board immediately by using the ReadyFlow Command Line Interface and Signal Analyzer to display the data without having to do any programming. This saves development time and shortens project start up time.
  • Quality: Pentek implements the highest quality practices in all operational phases, and is committed to customer satisfaction and on-going improvement. Pentek proudly maintains its ISO 9001:2008 certification.


Pricing and Availability

For the latest pricing, delivery and available options, please fill out this form and your request will be delivered to the appropriate department. To learn more about our products or to discuss your specific application please email our sales department at, contact your local representative or Pentek directly:

Mario Schiavone
Sales Director
Pentek, Inc.
One Park Way
Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
Tel: +1 (201) 818-5900
Fax: +1 (201) 818-5904
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Pentek is an active member in many industry associations that drive new technologies including VITA, OpenVPX, PCI-SIG, PICMG, AUVSI and Wireless Innovation Forum.

PCI-SIG Wireless Innovation Forum


Pentek Company Brief

  • Designing and building boards and recording systems for 25+ years satisfying customer demands in many military programs.
  • Pentek is a technology partner with deep knowledge of customer applications
  • Small business, privately held, manufactures in the USA.
  • Adheres to the highest quality practices in all operational phases and proudly maintains its ISO 9001:2008 certification.
  • Serves high-end radar, communications, beamforming, software radio & SATCOM markets and optimizes design for maximum performance & to satisfy critical requirements.
  • Offers complete technical documentation that saves development time.
  • Committed to customer satisfaction with free, lifetime customer support.
  • Provides long-term product availability and life-cycle support with Life Cycle Management system with automatic notifications of life cycle changes.
  • Bonded Inventory Program extends product longevity.
  • Bundle discount programs and volume discounts available.