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Winter 2020 Vol. 29, No. 1
Quartz Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC Family Products
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Free Technical Resources:

Putting VPX and OpenVPX to Work Handbook
Putting VPX and OpenVPX
to Work Handbook

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

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

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Software Defined Radio Handbook
Software Defined Radio
Handbook

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Putting FPGAs to Work for Software Radio Handbook
Putting FPGAs to Work for
Software Radio Handbook

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

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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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The Inside Story on Software Radio

Aerospace & Defense Technology interviews Rodger Hosking, Vice President, Pentek

Software radio technology now pervades an extensive range of mil-aero applications including radar, EW, communications, SIGINT, ELINT, countermeasures, weapons, missiles, monitoring, navigation, and tracking.

Software radio technology now pervades
an extensive range of mil-aero applicationsSoftware radio technology now pervades an extensive range of mil-aero applications


A&DT: What is software radio and how did it get started?

Hosking: Two critical technologies started to evolve rapidly in the 1970s. The first is data conversion technology that gave us ADCs (analog-to-digital converters) and DACs (digital-to-analog converters). The second is digital signal processing device technology that gave us DSP hardware chips. These enhanced microprocessors have dedicated multipliers, look-up tables, arithmetic units and memories to perform the necessary operations on sampled signals to and from DACs and ADCs at a given sample rate. Since these operations are controlled by software programs, once these DSPs and data converters were fast enough to convert and process radio frequency signals, the term "software defined radio" (or now simply "software radio") was coined.



Product Focus

Model 6001 8-Channel A/D & D/A Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC Processor - QuartzXM

Features

  • Unique QuartzXM eXpress Module enables deployment in custom form factors
  • Supports Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC FPGAs
  • 16 GB of DDR4 SDRAM
  • LVDS connections to the Zynq UltraScale+ FPGA for custom I/O
  • GTY connections for gigabit serial communication
  • Ruggedized and conduction-cooled versions available
  • Includes a complete suite of IP functions and example applications
  • Model 8257 1-Slot 3U VPX Development Chassis for Quartz Products
  • Model 4801 Carrier Design Kit for designing custom carrier for the Model 6001 QuartzXM
  • Also available in the following form factors:
  • Model 5950 - VPX 3U
Model 6001
Model 6001

Quartz Model 6001



The VITA Standards Organization (VSO) has started a "VITA Personas" segment on their website to highlight some of the people who contribute to shaping VITA standards.

VITA

The VSO recently featured Paul Mesibov, co-founder and Chief Technical Officer at Pentek, as one of their VITA Personas. What follows is taken from the VSO's profile of Paul.

Paul Mesibov has over 35 years experience in the electronics industry and oversees the design and implementation of Pentek's digital signal processing, software radio, and data acquisition products. He is currently an active member of SOSA, PICMIG, VITA, PCI-SIG, and IEEE, as well as a key contributor to several ANSI standards.

Paul Mesibov



Mchale Report Podcast

PODCAST: SOSA, Tri-Service Demo, AI and signal processing

Open architecture initiatives such as the Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) effort are showing tremendous momentum at the start of 2020, as demonstrated by the turnout and enthusiasm of attendees at the Tri-Services Open Architecture Interoperability Demonstration at the Georgia Tech Research Institute in January.

To listen to a podcast about SOSA, click here. McHale Report editors John McHale and Emma Helfrich, and Pentek's Rodger Hosking, discuss SOSA, TSOA-ID, and artificial intelligence.


Product Focus

Quartz Model 5550, an eight-channel A/D and D/A converter, 3U OpenVPX board based on the Xilinx Zynq Ultra- Scale+ RFSoC and aligned to the SOSA Technical Standard.

Features

  • Supports Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC FPGAs
  • 16 GB of DDR4 SDRAM
  • On-board GPS receiver
  • PCI Express (Gen. 1, 2 and 3)
  • 40 GigE Interface
  • Optional VITA 67.3D optical interface for backplane gigabit serial communication
  • Dual 100 GigE UDP interface
  • Compatible with several VITA standards including: VITA 46, VITA 48, VITA 67.3D,VITA 65 (OpenVPX System Specification)
  • Ruggedized and conduction-cooled versions available
Model 5550
Quartz Model 5550

Quartz Model 5550



Take a look at Pentek's new SOSA information pages! Click here to go there.

SOSA



Product Focus

Model 54141A is a dual channel analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converter with sample rates up to 6.4 GHz

Features

  • Exceptional dynamic range and analog signal integrity
  • Xilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGAs
  • 1-channel mode with 6.4 GHz, 12-bit A/D
  • 2-channel mode with 3.2 GHz, 12-bit A/Ds
  • Compatible with several VITA standards, including: VITA 66.5 and VITA 67.3C
  • Supports VITA 49.2 VITA Radio Transport standard
  • Programmable DDCs
  • Two 6.4 GHz, 14-bit D/As
  • Programmable DUCs
  • 5 GB of DDR4 SDRAM
  • uSync clock/sync bus for multimodule synchronization
  • PCI Express (Gen. 1, 2 & 3) interface up to x8
  • Optional LVDS and gigabit serial connections to the FPGA for custom I/O
  • Ruggedized and conduction-cooled versions available
  • Navigator Design Suite for Streamlined IP Development
Model 54141 A
Model 54141 A

Jade Kintex UltraScale FPGA Family


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