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View: A quick look at Pentek's SPARK Development Systems
The SPARK family are fully-integrated development systems for Pentek's boards.
View: A quick look at Pentek's new "A" Series Talon data recorders
Pentek's Talon high-speed real-time recording systems are ready to run right out of-the-box.
Free Technical Resources:
Recording Systems Handbook
High-Speed Switched Serial
Fabrics Improve System Design
Software Defined Radio
Putting FPGAs to Work for
Software Radio Handbook
Critical Techniques for High
Speed A/D Converters in
Real-Time Systems Handbook
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.
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.
New generations of FPGAs provide superior processing performance and I/O bandwidth
- 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.
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.
FlexorSet 8-Channel 250 MHz A/D with DDCs, Virtex-7 FPGA - 3U VPX
FlexorSet 4-Ch. 250 MHz A/D, 2-Ch. 800 MHz D/A, Virtex-7 FPGA - PCIe
FlexorSet 4-Ch 500 MHz, 16-bit A/D, 4-C. 1.5 GHz, 16 D/A, Virtex-7 FPGA - 3U VPX
FlexorSet 8-Channel 250 MHz A/D, Virtex-7 FPGA - PCIe
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.