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Fall Vol. 24, No. 3

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In almost every aspect, CPUs and FPGAs are radically different devices. And yet, they often compete for some of the same embedded system tasks. Choosing the best approach depends not only on the capabilities of each device, but also on the often disparate expertise of engineers promoting their respective development methodologies.

Pentek's Flexor Model 5973 3U VPX Virtex-7 FMC carrier
Table 1. Embedded System Factors for CPUs and FPGAs

To make matters even more complicated, SoC (system-on-chip) technology now combines CPUs and FPGAs within the same device. Here, efficient interoperability becomes essential to meet stringent realtime performance levels. This article presents these challenges along with some strategies for developing successful solutions.




Product Focus

New generations of FPGAs provide superior processing performance and I/O bandwidth

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 Analog & Digital I/O Catalog
Analog & Digital I/O Catalog

  • 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.




Product Focus

FlexorSet 8-Channel 250 MHz A/D with DDCs, Virtex-7 FPGA - 3U VPX

Features

  • Supports Xilinx Virtex-7 VXT FPGA
  • GateXpress® supports dynamic FPGA reconfiguration across PCIe
  • Eight 250 MHz 16-bit A/Ds
  • Eight multiband DDCs
  • 4 GB of DDR3 SDRAM
  • Sample clock synchronization to an external system reference
  • PCI Express (Gen. 1, 2 and 3) interface up to x8
  • User-configurable gigabit serial interface
  • Optional optical Interface for backplane gigabit serial interboard communication
  • Optional LVDS connections to the Virtex-7 FPGA for custom I/O
  • Compatible with several VITA standards including: VITA-46, VITA-48 AND VITA-66.4 and VITA-65 (OpenVPXTM System Specification)
  • Ruggedized and conduction-cooled versions available
Model 5973-317
Model 5973-317

Flexor FMC family

GateFlow FPGA Design Resources




Product Focus

FlexorSet 4-Ch. 250 MHz A/D, 2-Ch. 800 MHz D/A, Virtex-7 FPGA - PCIe

Features

  • Supports Xilinx Virtex-7 VXT FPGAs
  • GateXpress® supports dynamic FPGA reconfiguration across PCIe
  • Four 250 MHz 16-bit A/Ds
  • One digital upconverter
  • Two 800 MHz 16-bit D/As
  • 4 GB of DDR3 SDRAM
  • Sample clock synchronization to an external system reference
  • PCI Express (Gen. 1, 2 and 3) interface up to x8
  • Optional optical Interface for backplane gigabit serial interboard communication
  • Optional LVDS connections to the Virtex-7 FPGA for custom I/O
  • Compatible with several VITA standards including: VITA-46, VITA-48, VITA-66.4
Model 7070-312
Model 7070-312

Flexor FMC family

GateFlow FPGA Design Resources




Product Focus

FlexorSet 4-Ch 500 MHz, 16-bit A/D, 4-C. 1.5 GHz, 16 D/A, Virtex-7 FPGA - 3U VPX

Features

  • Supports Xilinx Virtex-7 VXT FPGA
  • GateXpress® supports dynamic FPGA reconfiguration across PCIe
  • Four 500 MHz 16-bit A/Ds
  • Four 1.5 GHz 16-bit A/Ds
  • 4 GB of DDR3 SDRAM
  • Sample clock synchronization to an external system reference
  • PCI Express (Gen. 1, 2 and 3) interface up to x8
  • User-configurable gigabit serial interface
  • Optional optical Interface for backplane gigabit serial interboard communication
  • Optional LVDS connections to the Virtex-7 FPGA for custom I/O
  • Compatible with several VITA standards including: VITA-46, VITA-48 AND VITA-66.4 and VITA-65 (OpenVPXTM System Specification)
  • Ruggedized and conduction-cooled versions available
Model 5973-324
Model 5973-324

Flexor FMC family

GateFlow FPGA Design Resources




Product Focus

FlexorSet 8-Channel 250 MHz A/D, Virtex-7 FPGA - PCIe

Features

  • Supports Xilinx Virtex-7 VXT FPGA
  • GateXpress® supports dynamic FPGA reconfiguration across PCIe
  • Eight 250 MHz 16-bit A/Ds
  • 4 GB of DDR3 SDRAM
  • Sample clock synchronization to an external system reference
  • PCI Express (Gen. 1, 2 and 3) interface up to x8
  • Optional optical Interface for backplane gigabit serial interboard communication
  • Optional LVDS connections to the Virtex-7 FPGA for custom I/O
  • Compatible with several VITA standards including: VITA-46, VITA-48 AND VITA-66.4 and VITA-65 (OpenVPXTM System Specification)
Model 7070-316
Model 7070-316

Flexor FMC family

GateFlow FPGA Design Resources




Q&A with Pentek

Q: How do I select the correct Talon analog signal recorder?

A: There are two major characteristics that differentiate one Talon analog signal recorder from another: the form factor and the maximum sample rate of the A/D converter.

The maximum sample rate of the A/D converter is listed in the main description of every Talon analog signal recorder. For example, the Model 2746 200 MS/s RF/IF Rugged Rackmount Recorder provides A/Ds with a maximum sample rate of 200 MHz. This sample rate dictates the maximum bandwidth signal that this recorder can accurately sample and record.

In the case of a 200 MHz A/D, we know that the maximum signal bandwidth that can be captured is 0.8 x fs/2, assuming a usersupplied 80% anti-aliasing filter. This means that this A/D can capture signals that are 80 MHz wide. A 3.6 GHz A/D product can capture signals that are 1440 MHz wide, assuming the same 80% filter.

For more information about selecting a recorder based on form factor, see the Talon FAQ "What is the difference between the RTV, RTS, RTR and RTX recorders?"

Q: What signal types do the Talon digital signal recorders support?

A: Talon digital signal recorders include support for serial FPDP, Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, 40 Gigabit Ethernet, and LVDS.

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