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Pentek Introduces Newest Onyx Virtex-7 Wideband Software Radio Module for UAV, Radar and Communications Applications

  • 1 GHz 12-bit A/D and 1 GHz 16-bit D/A converter
  • Radar transponder and communications transceiver solution
  • Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGA supports custom IP with GateFlow Design Kit
  • Advanced GateXpress technology for FPGA reconfiguration across PCIe

Upper Saddle River, NJ - October 22, 2013 - Pentek, Inc., today announced the newest member of its highly popular Onyx® family of high-speed data converter XMC FPGA modules: the Onyx Model 71730, a single channel, 1 GHz 12-bit A/D, 1 GHz 16-bit D/A module based on the high density Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGA. The Model 71730 can receive and transmit at the same sampling rate, supporting signal bandwidths up to 400 MHz.

"The Model 71730 appeals to customers that need the wider symmetrical bandwidth for both input and output signals," said Bob Sgandurra, dDirector of Product Development of Pentek. "In combination with the Virtex-7 FPGA, additional memory and the PCIe Gen 3 interface, this Onyx board offers the performance that many wideband communications systems require."

Boosting Performance with the Onyx Architecture

Architectural enhancements in the Onyx family include a doubling of the DDR3 memory in both size and speed to 4 GB and 1600 MHz, respectively. The PCIe interface has been upgraded to Gen 3, delivering peak transfer rates up to 8 GB/sec. The Virtex-7 is more power efficient than previous generations making it easier to utilize larger FPGAs. Optional LVDS and giabitgigabit serial connections to the Virtex-7 FPGA are available for connecting to custom high performance I/O.

Development Tools and Software Support

The Model 71730 comes preconfigured with a suite of built-in functions for data capture, synchronization, time tagging and formatting, making the board an ideal turn-key interface for radar, communications or general data acquisition applications. The Model 71730 features an A/D acquisition intellectual property (IP) module for easy capture and data moving and a sophisticated D/A waveform playback IP module that allows users to easily play back waveforms from on-board memory or the PCI Express interface. These modules greatly enhance the functionality of the Model 71730 and reduce the development time and effort to module deployment.

GateXpress® PCIe Configuration Manager is a sophisticated FPGA-PCIe hardware engine for managing the reconfiguration of the FPGA. At power up, the GateXpress manager immediately presents a PCIe target to the host computer for discovery and enumeration, giving the FPGA time to load from FLASH. Once booted, the GateXpress manager offers multiple options for dynamically reconfiguring the FPGA with a new IP image, handling the hardware negotiation and streamlining the loading task. GateXpress also allows dynamic FPGA reconfiguration though software commands as part of the runtime application.

For systems that require custom functions, IP can be developed using the Pentek GateFlow® FPGA Design Kit, extending or even replacing the factory-installed functions.

The Onyx Virtex-7 Model 71730 shares many of the same architectural and front-end characteristics as the Cobalt Virtex-6 Model 71630 data acquisition module. The similarity of the products gives developers the opportunity to port software developed for Cobalt modules to the corresponding Onyx modules with a minimum of effort. All ReadyFlow® board support libraries work with both families, further simplifying the software development effort. Thus, developers will be able to migrate from Cobalt to Onyx modules as their performance needs increase.

Software support packages are available for Linux and Windows operating systems.

Form Factors

The Model 71730 XMC module is designed for air-cooled, conduction-cooled, and rugged operating environments. It is available as a 3U / 6U Compact PCI (Models 73720/74720), 3U VPX (Model 52720), PCIe (Model 78720) and AMC (Model 56720).

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 sales@pentek.com, contact your local representative or Pentek directly:

Mario Schiavone
Sales Director
Pentek, Inc.
One Park Way
Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
phone: 201-818-5900 x229
fax: 201-818-5904
sales@pentek.com

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