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Ruggedized VPX Boards Offer Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGAs

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A family of ruggedized boards for high-performance military and avionics applications utilizes Xilinx’s Virtex-6 FPGAs for onboard signal processing, delivering digital sampling rates to 1 GHz in a compact 3U VPX form factor. The 53xxx Cobalt board family from Pentek combines processing, data conversion and preconfigured functions and is suitable for such applications as UAV, CommINT (Communications Intelligence) transceivers, airborne communications recorders, airborne radar countermeasures, shipboard diversity transceivers and armored vehicle anti-IED systems. 

Pentek’s 53xxx Cobalt family brings Virtex-6 FPGA technology to the VPX format. With more than twice the resources of previous Virtex generations, including new enhancements in digital signal processing, logic and clocking, the Virtex-6 family provides developers with a previously unavailable level of customizable processing power. Pentek gives the FPGA full access to all data and control paths and then harnesses its raw processing power by preconfiguring boards with key functions. This strategy provides a wealth of useful turn-key operations, while leaving enough unused FPGA capacity for adding customer-developed IP.

All Cobalt VPX products are available with a choice of Xilinx Virtex-6 LXT or SXT FPGA devices to match the application. Other common features of Cobalt boards include PCI Express (Gen 2) interfaces up to 8 lanes wide, synchronous clocking locked to an external system reference, and an LVPECL synch bus for synchronizing multiple modules to increase channel count. 

Users can readily integrate custom processing algorithms with the factory-installed IP in Cobalt devices using Pentek’s GateFlow FPGA design kits. Software development tools for C-programming include ReadyFlow Board Support packages for Windows, Linux and VxWorks operating systems. Pricing starts at $14,490. 

Pentek, Upper Saddle River, NJ. (201) 818-5900. [www.pentek.com].