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Pentek Announces Immediate Availability of Higher Bandwidth Gen 3 RFSoC Solutions

  • Pentek Quartz® Architecture with Xilinx® Zynq® UltraScale+™ RFSoC Gen 3
  • Digitizes RF Input Signals up to 6 GHz at 5GS/sec with 14-bit resolution
  • DAC sample rate to 10 GS/sec with 14-bit resolution
  • Built-in, expanded decimation and interpolation
  • Supported by Pentek's Navigator BSP, FDK and IP Library
  • Air-cooled and rugged conduction-cooled versions
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Pentek, Inc., today announced extensions to their proven Quartz® RFSoC product family by introducing the QuartzXM eXpress Module, the Model 6003, adding greater RF performance and scalability. The QuartzXM Model 6003, based on the Xilinx® Zynq® UltraScale+™ RFSoC Gen 3, provides full sub-6 GHz direct-RF I/O support and greater flexibility with more decimation and interpolation options. The QuartzXM Model 6003 is ideal for 5G and LTE wireless, SIGINT, EW, communications and radar applications in SWaP-critical environments.

"Immediately releasing products utilizing Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC Gen 3 demonstrates our commitment to offering our customers the latest technology for their applications," said Bob Sgandurra, Pentek's director of Product Management. "The modularity of our Quartz product line enables us to quickly provide solutions in any form factor needed -- whether it's in the lab or in a deployed application."

These new Quartz products support direct RF sampling using 5 GS/sec 14-bit ADCs and eight 10 GS/sec 14-bit DACs, both supporting analog signals up to 6 GHz. Each data converter has built-in digital downconverters or upconverters with programmable decimation and interpolation up to 40x and independent tuning for increased RF flexibility and frequency planning.

The Quartz Architecture Difference

The Pentek Quartz architecture positions the RFSoC as the cornerstone of the design. All control and data paths are accessible by the RFSoC's programmable logic and processing system. The Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC Gen 3 integrates eight RF-class ADCs and DACs into the Zynq FPGA fabric along with quad ARM Cortex-A53 and dual ARM Cortex-R5 processors, creating a multichannel data conversion and processing solution on a single chip.

Complementing the RFSoC's on-chip resources, the QuartzXM Model 6003 adds:

Factory Installed IP Advances Development

The QuartzXM Model 6003 is pre-loaded with a suite of Pentek IP modules to provide data capture and processing solutions for many common applications. Modules include DMA engines, DDR4 memory controller, test signal and metadata generators, data packing and flow control. The board comes pre-installed with IP for triggered waveform and radar chirp generation, triggered radar range gate engine, wideband real-time transient capture, flexible multi-mode data acquisition and extended decimation.

The Quartz Family Versatility

These enhancements will be available across the entire Quartz family of Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC eight-channel A/D & D/A converter products. The first products to be available are:

These Quartz products can be deployed as out-of-the-box solutions with built-in functions requiring no FPGA development, and are available for air-cooled, conduction-cooled, and rugged operating environments.

Carrier Design Kit

The Design Kit supports customers interested in building their own carrier for the QuartzXM Model 6003. The kit encapsulates all of Pentek's electrical and mechanical design knowledge to accelerate application-specific carrier design. The kit includes a review of the customer's design with Pentek's engineering staff; pin definitions and electrical specifications of all signals on the module; 3D models of the module; thermal profiles of the module and components; carrier reference design schematics; PCB stack-up recommendations; PCB design guidelines and routing rules; operating system and bootstrap guidelines.

Navigator Design Suite for Streamlined IP Development

Pentek's Navigator Design Suite includes: Navigator FDK (FPGA Design Kit) for custom IP and Navigator BSP (Board Support Package) for creating host software applications.

The Navigator FDK includes the board's entire FPGA design as a block diagram that can be graphically edited in Xilinx's Vivado tool suite, with full source code and documentation.

Developers can integrate their IP along with the factory-installed functions or use the Navigator kit to replace the IP with their own. The Navigator FDK Library is fully AXI-4 compliant, providing a well-defined interface for developing custom IP or integrating IP from other sources.

The Navigator BSP supports Xilinx's PetaLinux on the ARM processors. Users can work efficiently using high-level API functions, or gain full access to the underlying libraries including source code. Pentek provides numerous examples to assist in the development of new applications.

Whether the QuartzXM is deployed on a Pentek carrier or a custom carrier, developers will find the included IP cores and examples an ideal foundation for building custom applications.

Quartz RFSoC Product Family Video

For a video overview of the Quartz RFSoC Gen 3 product family

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 contact our sales department at SDL-sales@mrcy.com, 201-818-5900 or contact your local representative.

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