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OpenVPX Interoperability in SFF Signal Processing Platform Expands VPX Ecosystem
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Elma Electronic Inc., in cooperation with Pentek and Concurrent Technologies, has developed a small form factor (SFF), OpenVPX-based signal acquisition system for processing and recording applications. The new SigPro1, the first in Elma’s OpenATR Series of systems, demonstrates interoperability of a multivendor OpenVPX-compliant board set, strengthening the VPX ecosystem and reducing user dependence on single-sourced systems.
Recording at over 200 Mbyte/s, the rugged SFF signal processing platform can be used for data acquisition, radar, beam forming and other signal processing applications in harsh environments. It can operate in dual channel record and playback mode with dual A/D converters operating at 200 MS/s, 14-bit or 500 MS/s, 12-bit.
The system is based on Pentek’s Cobalt series FPGA XMC with a high-performance A/D front end, Concurrent Technologies’ 803 Series 3U VPX-REDI Core i7 single board computer for processing and a storage subsystem using high-capacity solid state disks developed by Elma. The new SigPro1 is a very configurable hardware platform base for multiple uses. Any of Pentek’s FPGA cards, all of which support configurable front-end data acquisition and recording environments using Pentek’s Talon data record software, can be implemented in the new SFF system.
The platform uses a three-slot VPX backplane, with the card payload packaged in a compact, conduction-cooled chassis measuring only 5.12” x 6.9” x 12.25”. The SigPro1 is passively cooled, with sealed MIL-STD DTL 38999 connectors for I/O.
Using Pentek’s Talon data acquisition and record system architecture and application software, the platform can function as a data recorder. System Flow, Pentek’s data record application, operates at the core of the Talon system. SigPro1, which operates from a 28 VDC power supply, includes two-output D/A converters and two 2-1/2” SATA drives. Other I/O includes two Gigabit Ethernet ports, two USB ports and an external VGA port.
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