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Spring Vol. 22, No. 1

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Video Spotlight:

View: Recording System for Harsh Environments Video

RTR 2746
Talon RTR 2746 8-Channel RF/IF 200 MS/sec Rugged Rackmount Recorder

Video Spotlight:

View: SystemFlow Software for Talon Recorders Video

SystemFlow Software
API, GUI, Signal Viewer, Signal Analyzer, Function Libraries and NTFS file management system

Video Spotlight:

View: Cobalt Model 78670 Product Video

Model 78670
4-Channel 1.25 GHz, 16-bit D/A with Virtex-6 FPGA - PCIe

Free Technical Resources:

Recording System Handbook
High-Speed, Real-Time
Recording Systems Handbook


Switched Serial Handbook
High-Speed Switched Serial
Fabrics Improve System Design


Software Defined Radio Handbook
Software Defined Radio


FPGA Handbook
Putting FPGAs to Work for
Software Radio Handbook


A/D Converter Handbook
Critical Techniques for High
Speed A/D Converters in
Real-Time Systems Handbook


Pentek Literature:

Analog and Digital I/O Catalog
Analog & Digital I/O Catalog
Clock and Sync Generators Catalog
Clock & Sync Generators Catalog
Radar and SDR I/O Catalog
Radar & SDR I/O Catalog
Software and FPGA Tools Catalog
Software & FPGA Tools Catalog
High-Speed Recording Systems
High-Speed Recording Systems
Pentek Product Catalog
Pentek Product Catalog
Jade Xilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGA Family
Jade FPGA Family
Onyx Virtex-7 and Cobalt Virtex-6 FPGA Family
Onyx & Cobalt FPGA Family
Product Overview
Product Overview
Company Profile
Company Profile

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Its well-defined, fast and straightforward architecture makes MicroTCA a serious contender for high-end, real-time embedded systems.

Using popular gigabit serial fabrics like XAUI, PCIe and SRIO, it delivers substantial backplane bandwidth, more than adequate for many applications. It also provides a rich system infrastructure that includes various form factors, power and cooling strategies, system management facilities, high availability and redundancy features, all in a highly modular design.

Because of the wealth of MicroTCA products available for the cost-sensitive telecom community, systems are often 20% to 40% less expensive than comparable systems using more traditional embedded card cage architectures.

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Complete 1600 MB/SEc MicroTCA Recording System

Extensions to the base specification now support ruggedized MicroTCA systems with both air- and conduction-cooled AMC modules, including specifications for shock, altitude and vibration required for many government and military applications. System level software written for PCIe or SRIO systems is highly portable to MicroTCA because of the standard fabric interconnects and the operating systems supported by available SBC AMC modules.

All in all, MicroTCA is definitely worth considering for your next data acquisition system. Click here to read the full article...

Pentek has just launched a 16-member family of AMC (Advanced Mezzanine Card) products giving customers instant access to the extensive line of signal processing products in the Pentek catalog.

Pentek is leveraging their modular product architectures to bring a large array of options to market in a very short time. The Pentek 56xxx products fill a major I/O product gap in the AMC ecosystem by offering 16 different modules.

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Product Focus

3-Channel 200 MHz A/D and 2-Channel 800 MHz D/A with Virtex-7 FPGA - XMC

  • Supports Xilinx Virtex-7 VXT FPGAs
  • GateXpress® supports dynamic FPGA reconfiguration across PCIe
  • Three 200 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
  • LVPECL clock/sync bus for multimodule synchronization
  • PCI Express (Gen. 1, 2 and 3) interface, up to x8
  • Optional LVDS connections to the Virtex-7 FPGA for custom I/O
Model 71720
Model 71720

Onyx Virtex-7

Product Focus

Modular Analog RF Slot Downconverter Series

  • Accepts RF signals from 800 MHz to 3 GHz in seven different models
  • Accepts RF input levels from -60 dBm to -20 dBm
  • 225 MHz IF output with 80 MHz output bandwidth
  • Internal OCXO or external 10 MHz frequency reference
Model 8111
Model 8111

Bandit Analog Receiver

Product Focus

PC Development System for PCIe Cobalt and Onyx Boards

  • 4U 19-inch rackmount PC server chassis, 21-inch deep
  • 64-bit Windows® or Linux® workstation
  • Intel® Core™ i7 3.6 GHz processor
  • ReadyFlow® drivers and board support libraries installed
  • Out-of-the-box test examples
  • All I/O cables included
Model 8266
Model 8266

Product Focus

Talon 2-Channel RF/IF 500 MS/sec Rugged Portable Recorder

  • Portable system measuring 16.9" W x 9.5" D x 13.4" H
  • Lightweight: approximately 30 pounds
  • Shock- and vibration-resistant SSDs (Solid State Drives) perform well in vehicles, ships and aircraft
  • Recording & playback of IF signals up to 700 MHz
Model 2727
Model 2727

Talon Recording Systems
  • Signal bandwidths to 200 MHz
  • 500 MHz 12-bit or 400 MHz 14-bit A/Ds
  • 800 MHz 16-bit D/A
  • SFDR > 70 dBFS
  • Real-time aggregate recording rates up to 2.0 GB/sec
  • Up to of 3.8 TB storage with front-panel removable SSD drives
  • NTFS file format
  • SystemFlow® GUI with Signal Viewer analysis tool
  • Optional GPS time and position stamping
  • High-performance Windows workstation

What's New
Press Releases

May 28, 2013
Pentek Introduces High-Speed Clock Generator for Cobalt Virtex-6 and Onyx Virtex-7 FPGA Board Families
  • Provides sample clocks for up to four Pentek Cobalt or Onyx boards
  • Locks to user supplied 10 MHz reference clock or on-board reference
  • Integrated reference OCXO provides exceptional frequency accuracy

April 29, 2013
Pentek Launches PC Development System for Software Radio Applications That Gets Customers Up and Running Quickly
  • Immediately Start Application Development
  • Assembled and pre-configured for Pentek Cobalt and Onyx PCIe boards
  • Rackmount PC workstation with Windows or Linux
  • ReadyFlow drivers and board support libraries installed
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