SPARK Development System Overview

SPARK Fully-Integrated Development Systems The SPARK family are fully-integrated development systems for Pentek's software-defined radio (SDR), data acquisition and I/O boards. The SPARK series was created to save engineers and system integrators the time and expense associated with building and testing a development system that ensures optimum performance of Pentek boards.

A fully-integrated system-level solution, the SPARK family provides the user with a streamlined out-of-the-box experience. They come preconfigured with Pentek hardware, drivers and software examples installed and tested to allow development engineers to run example applications out of the box.

All SPARK development systems come with all software and hardware installed and ready for immediate operation. All necessary analog I/O cables are installed and tested, providing SMA connectivity for all analog I/O lines. Please contact Pentek to configure a system that matches your specific requirements.

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A Quick Look at SPARK Development Systems

Navigator Design Suite

Navigator Design Suite

Pentek Navigator Design Suite takes a new approach to solving FPGA IP and control software connectivity. Most modern FPGA-processing applications require development of specialized FPGA IP to run on the hardware, and software to control the FPGA hardware from a host computer.

ReadyFlow Software

ReadyFlow drivers and board support libraries

Pentek ReadyFlow drivers and board support libraries are preinstalled and tested with the SPARK development systems. ReadyFlow includes example applications with full source code, a command line interface for custom control over hardware, and Pentek's Signal Analyzer* (not supported on 64-bit Linux), a full-featured analysis tool that continuously displays live signals in both time and frequency domains.

Software Defined Radio Handbook
Written by Rodger Hosking, Vice President and Co-founder of Pentek

SDR (Software Defined Radio) has revolutionized electronic systems for a variety of applications including communications, data acquisition and signal processing. This handbook shows how DDCs (Digital Downconverters) and DUCs (Digital Upconverters), the fundamental building blocks of SDR, can replace legacy analog receiver designs while offering significant benefits in performance, density and cost.

In order to fully appreciate the benefits of SDR, a conventional analog receiver system will be compared to its digital receiver counterpart, highlighting similarities and differences. The inner workings of the SDR will be explored with an in-depth description of the internal structure and the devices used. Finally, some actual board- and system-level implementations and available off-the-shelf SDR products and applications based on such products will be presented.

Pentek Software Defined Radio Handbook
Software Defined
Radio Handbook

SPARK Development Systems

SPARK Fully-Integrated Development Systems

Pentek's SPARK Development Systems are the quickest way to get up and running and start your application development.

Each SPARK PC system includes a high performance rackmount PC with Pentek hardware and software factor installed and tested allowing immediate "out of the box" deployment.

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Model 8267 SPARK 3U VPX Development System for Cobalt, Onyx, Flexor and Jade Boards
Model 8266 SPARK PC Development System for PCIe Cobalt, Onyx, Flexor and Jade Boards
Model 8264 SPARK 6U VPX Development System for Cobalt, Onyx and Jade Boards

Pentek Product Segment Catalogs

Pentek's segment catalogs highlight products by function. These downloadable catalogs are available for Analog & Digital I/O, Clock & Synchronization Generators, Radar & Software Defined Radio (SDR) I/O, Software & Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) Tools and High-Speed Real-Time Recording Systems.

Analog and Digital I/O Catalog
Analog & Digital
I/O Catalog
Clock and Sync Generators Catalog
Clock & Sync
Generators Catalog
Radar & SDR I/O Catalog
Radar & SDR
I/O Catalog
Software and FPGA Tools Catalog
Software & FPGA
Tools Catalog
High-Speed Recorders Catalog

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:

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