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Turn-key Multichannel, High-Speed A/D & D/A in 3U VPX or PCIe Solution

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Pentek has introduced two new models of its FlexorSets. FlexorSet Model 5973-324 for 3U VPX and Model 7070-324 for PCIe. They consist of the new Flexor Model 3324 4-Channel A/D & 4-Channel D/A FMC installed on either of two carriers. The carriers contain optimized Pentek FPGA intellectual property (IP) for A/D acquisition and D/A waveform playback, which is matched to the four 500 MHz, 16-bit A/Ds and the four 1.5 GHz, 16-bit D/As with digital up-converters (DUCs) on the FMC. A rich set of software development tools enables rapid application development and rapid time to market.

The Model 3324 FMC front end accepts four analog HF or IF inputs on front panel connectors with transformer coupling into two Texas Instruments ADS54J69 dual A/D converters, boosting density for high channel count systems. On the output side, a Texas Instruments DAC38J84 D/A converter accepts baseband real or complex data streams from the FPGA. Each stream then passes through digital interpolation and upconversion stages before delivery to the D/A. Output sampling rates up to 1.5 GHz are supported, with or without translation.

FlexorSet presents system integrators with a full development and deployment platform for custom IP. The Pentek GateFlow FPGA design kit gives users access to the complete factory installed IP at the source level, allowing them to extend or even replace the built-in functions.

Pentek’s GateXpress PCIe configuration manager supports dynamic FPGA reconfiguration though software commands as part of the runtime application. This provides an efficient way to quickly reload the FPGA, which slashes development time during testing. For deployed environments, GateXpress enables reloading the FPGA without the need to reset the host system, ideal for applications that require dynamic access to multiple processing IP algorithms.

Pentek’s ReadyFlow Board Support Package is available with drivers for Windows and Linux operating systems. The ReadyFlow C-callable library contains a complete suite of initialization, control and status functions, as well as a rich set of precompiled, ready-to-run-examples, accelerate application development. FlexorSets are designed for air-cooled, conduction-cooled, and rugged operating environments. The FlexorSet Model 5973-324 for 3U VPX and the FlexorSet Model 7070-324 for PCIe both start at $24,890 USD.

Pentek, Upper Saddle River, NJ

(291) 818-5100. www.pentek.com