Flexor FMC

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The Flexor Family

The Flexor® line of FMC products combines the high performance of the Virtex-7 with the flexibility of the FMC data converter creating a complete radar and software radio solution.

Carrier Boards

As stand-alone processors, carrier boards provide an ideal development and deployment platform for demanding signal-processing applications. The carrier board architecture includes an optional built-in gigabit serial optical interface. Up to 12 high-speed duplex optical lanes are available on an MTP connector.

With the installation of a serial protocol in the FPGA, this interface enables a high-bandwidth connection between boards mounted in the same chassis or even over extended distances between them.

FlexorSet

As a FlexorSet™ integrated solution, the analog I/O FMC is factory-installed on the FMC carrier. The required FPGA IP is installed and the board set is delivered ready for immediate use.

The delivered FlexorSet is a multichannel, high-speed data converter and is suitable for connection to the HF or IF ports of a communications or radar system. The built-in data capture and playback features and Gen. 3 x8 PCIe interface make them turnkey solutions.


High-Speed Switched Serial Fabrics Improve System Design Handbook
Written by Rodger Hosking, Vice President and Co-founder of Pentek

As evolutionary enhancements to the venerable VMEbus, both VXS and VPX deliver significant improvements in data bandwidth, connectivity, power distribution, and cooling. When VME was first introduced, its shared bus backplane interboard transfer rates was more than adequate for most applications. As requirements grew, VME acquired new interfaces such as VSB, RACEway, RACE++, VME64, VME320, and 2eSST, thereby ensuring a healthy community of suppliers and a new stream of products.

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FMC News

  • FMC Releases
    • August 29, 2016 - Pentek Introduces FlexorSet Turn-key Multichannel, High-Speed A/D & D/A Modules
    • May 18, 2016 - Pentek Introduces New Software Radio Modules With Texas Instruments ADC32RF45 A/D Converter
    • October 26, 2015 - Pentek Introduces FlexorSet Turn-key Multichannel, High-Speed A/D & D/A
    • September 28, 2015 - Pentek's New, Turn-Key FlexorSets Deliver Optical Interface Solutions for Radar, Communications and Data Acquisition Applications
    • July 28, 2015 - Pentek Introduces FlexorSet Turn-key Signal Interface Solutions for Radar, Communications or Data Acquisition
    • February 23, 2015 - Pentek Introduces Deployable PCIe FMC Carrier with Optical Interface
    • December 8, 2014 - Pentek Extends Flexor Family of Software Radio FMCs
    • March 3, 2014 - Samtec, Inc. and Pentek Partner to Incorporate FireFly
    • January 20, 2014 - Pentek Introduces Industry's First FMC/VPX Carrier with Optical Backplane Interface

Development Tools and Software Support

GateFlow FPGA Design Resources

While many applications can be satisfied with the board's built-in functions, the Flexor carrier boards are an ideal development and deployment platform for custom IP. Supported by GateFlow® FPGA Design Resources, users have access to the complete factory-installed IP at the source level, allowing them to extend or even replace the built in functions.


GateXpress PCIe Configuration Manager

The Pentek GateXpress® PCIe Configuration Manager supports dynamic FPGA reconfiguration through software commands as part of the runtime application. This provides an efficient way to quickly reload the FPGA, which occurs many times during development. 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.


ReadyFlow Board Support Package

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

FMC Interface

Analog modules comply with the VITA 57 FMC specification. The interface provides all data, clocking, synchronization, control, and status signals between the module and the FMC carrier.

Ruggedization

Except for the PCIe Carrier board, all other boards are available in various ruggedized formats up to and including conduction cooling.




VPX Board Utilizes VITA 66.4 Optical Backplane
William Wong, Electronic Design

The VITA's VITA 66.4 standard defines optical backplane interfaces for VPX cards. Pentek's Flexor® Model 5973 3U VPX FMC carrier card is designed to link FMC boards like Pentek's own Flexor FMC line to the backplane through the on-board, Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGA using its VITA 66.4 optical connections. The system was announced at VITA's 2014 Embedded Tech Trends.

Pentek's Flexor Model 5973 3U VPX FMC carrier board supports an optional VITA 66.4 fiber connection with 12 optical duplex lanes. The half size MT optical interconnect is designed to mate with a matching connector on the backplane. The optical transceivers plug into sockets on the Flexor Model 5973 3U VPX FMC carrier board. The cables connect the transceivers to the optical connectors on the rear of the board.

VITA 66.4 Optical Connector
VITA 66.4 Optical Connector
  Plug-in Optical Transceivers
Plug-in Optical Transceivers

This is just another view of the cabling connecting the optical transceivers (left) with the rear connector (right). The P0 and P1 connectors provide VPX backplane support while the optical connector resides in the P2 area. The Flexor® Model 5973 3U VPX FMC carrier board is designed for conduction cooled systems with the addition of the headsink cover shown here. There would be an additional cover after the FMC card was installed.

Optical Transceivers Cabling
Optical Transceivers Cabling
  Flexor Model 5973 - 3U VPX FMC Carrier
Flexor Model 5973 - 3U VPX FMC Carrier

The Flexor® Model 5973 3U VPX FMC carrier board is based around Xilinx's Virtex-7 FPGA. It provides a x8 PCI Express Gen 3 interface via the VPX P1 connector as well as gigabit serial I/O and LVDS support. There is 4 Gbytes of SDRAM and, of course, the optional VITA 66.4 optical interface. The carrier board supports Pentek's GateXpress for FPGA configuration via PCI Express.




FlexorSet

FMC

The FlexorSet™ integrated solution, combines the factory-installed FMC module on the carrier. The required FPGA IP is installed and the board set is delivered ready for immediate use.

Its built-in features offer an ideal turnkey solution as well as a platform for developing and deploying custom FPGA processing IP.

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Model 7070-324 FMC FlexorSet 4-Ch 16-bit: 500 MHz A/D & 2 GHz D/A, Virtex-7 FPGA - PCIe
Model 7070-320 FMC FlexorSet 2-Ch. 3.0 GHz A/D, 2-Ch. 2.8 GHz D/A with Virtex-7 - x8 PCIe
Model 7070-317 FMC FlexorSet 8-Channel 250 MHz A/D with DDCs, Virtex-7 FPGA - PCIe
Model 7070-316 FMC FlexorSet 8-Channel 250 MHz A/D, Virtex-7 FPGA - PCIe
Model 7070-313 FMC FlexorSet 4-Ch. 250 MHz A/D w/DDCs , 2-Ch. 800 MHz D/A w/DUC & Int - PCIe
Model 7070-312 FMC FlexorSet 4-Ch. 250 MHz A/D, 2-Ch. 800 MHz D/A, Virtex-7 FPGA - PCIe
Model 5973-324 FMC FlexorSet 4-Ch 16-bit: 500 MHz A/D & 2 GHz D/A, Virtex-7 FPGA - 3U VPX
Model 5973-320 FMC FlexorSet 2-Ch. 3.0 GHz A/D, 2-Ch. 2.8 GHz D/A with Virtex-7 - 3U VPX
Model 5973-317 FMC FlexorSet 8-Channel 250 MHz A/D with DDCs, Virtex-7 FPGA - 3U VPX
Model 5973-316 FMC FlexorSet 8-Channel 250 MHz A/D, Virtex-7 FPGA - 3U VPX
Model 5973-313 FMC FlexorSet 4-Ch. 250 MHz A/D w/DDCs , 2-Ch. 800 MHz D/A w/DUC & Int - 3U VPX
Model 5973-312 FMC FlexorSet 4-Ch. 250 MHz A/D, 2-Ch. 800 MHz D/A, Virtex-7 FPGA - 3U VPX

FlexorSet: Carrier+FMC

New generations of FPGAs provide a level of processing performance and I/O bandwidth that generally surpasses conventional CPU designs. However, the I/O interfaces have become closely tied to the FPGAs, limiting reuse of FPGA designs because boards are designed with a specific type of I/O. Therefore, it has been challenging to design FPGA boards with an I/O suitable for a wide range of customers.

A modular design solves this problem, and the VITA 57 standard for an FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) was created for this purpose. The VITA 57 standard separates the FPGA from the I/O by defining two separate components: a mezzanine card that provides the I/O, and an FPGA-based carrier card. If a different I/O design is needed, the mezzanine card can be changed, and the FPGA-based carrier can be adapted to the new I/O requirements: the FPGA design can be reconfigured and used with the new I/O module.

In this way, the VITA 57 FMC specification solves a major quandary with FPGA-based I/O: how to get optimum I/O bandwidth, and yet be able to change the I/O functionality.

Although VITA 57 makes it possible to use FMCs and carriers from different manufacturers, it is not a simple matter. The 38-question compatibility checklist in the VITA 57 specification is an indication of this. If an FMC from one vendor and a carrier from another prove to be compatible based on the checklist and additional investigation, FPGA IP and control software still must be developed. So it is possible to make an FMC and a carrier from different vendors work together, but it takes some time and effort.

For this reason, Pentek developed FMC+carrier sets called FlexorSets™ as part of Pentek's Flexor® family of FMC products.

Bundling for Seamless Integration

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

Development Tools and Software Support

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

The Pentek 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 reduces 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.

The Pentek ReadyFlow® Board Support Package is available for Windows and Linux. The ReadyFlow C-callable library contains a complete suite of initialization, control and status functions, as well as a rich set of precompiled examples, which help accelerate application development.

FlexorSet Advantages

  • Pentek designs all the FPGA logic to use the Flexor FMC on a Flexor carrier.
  • GateFlow® FPGA Design Resources provide an entire FPGA design that you can modify or replace as needed for your specific application.
  • A FlexorSet saves time and work because you do not need to create any FPGA IP.
  • A FlexorSet includes many useful functions built into the FPGA logic.
  • 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.
  • Software functions to support all of a Pentek board's built-in functions are already written and ready to use in the ReadyFlow® software that Pentek provides with its products.
  • Pentek's FMC carriers offer an optional VITA 66.4 optical interface.
  • Pentek guarantees the analog and digital performance of Pentek products. We design our carriers and PCBs to deliver the highest possible analog performance.
  • Pentek's FlexorSets are tested, shipped, and supported as an assembled unit from one company (Pentek), with Pentek's quality support on the whole board set.



Flexor FMC

FMC

The FMC form factor is ideal for the design and integration of complex data acquisition and signal processing systems. Pentek introduced the first FMC/VPX Carrier with an optical backplane interface.

The Flexor® products deliver new levels of I/O performance by incorporating the emerging VITA 66.4 standard, providing 12 optical duplex lanes to the backplane, enabling gigabit backplane communications between boards independent of the PCIe interface.

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Model 7070 Flexor Virtex-7 Processor and FMC Carrier - PCIe
Model 5973 Flexor Virtex-7 Processor and FMC Carrier - 3U VPX


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Model 3324 Flexor 4-Ch 500 MHz, 16-bit A/D, 4-Ch 2 GHz, 16-bit D/A - FMC
Model 3320 Flexor 2-Ch. 3.0 GHz A/D, 2-Ch. 2.8 GHz D/A - FMC
Model 3316 Flexor 8-Channel 250 MHz, 16-bit A/D - FMC
Model 3312 Flexor 4-Ch. 250 MHz, 16-bit A/D, 2-Ch. 800 MHz, 16-bit D/A - FMC


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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.

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