Pentek Introduces Industry’s First FMC/VPX Carrier with Optical Backplane Interface



  • 3U VPX FMC carrier with Virtex-7 FPGA
  • VITA 66.4 MT optical backplane interconnect option
  • 4 Ch 250 MHz, 16-bit A/D, 2 Ch 800 MHz, 16-bit D/A FMC Module
  • Ruggedized versions for harsh military environments

Pentek, Inc. introduced the first members of its line of FMC (FPGA Mezzanine Card) carriers and FMC modules: the Model 5973 3U VPX FMC carrier with a Virtex-7 FPGA and the Model 3312 multichannel, high speed data converter FMC. They combine the high performance of the Virtex-7 with the flexibility of the FMC data converter, creating a complete radar and software radio solution.

The Model 5973 features a high pin-count VITA 57.1 FMC site, 4 GB of DDR3 SDRAM, PCI Express (Gen. 1, 2 and 3) interface up to x8, optional user-configurable gigabit serial I/O, and optional LVDS connections to the FPGA for custom I/O.

The Model 5973 delivers new levels of I/O performance by incorporating the emerging VITA 66.4 standard for half size MT optical interconnect, providing 12 optical duplex lanes to the backplane. With the installation of a serial protocol, the VITA-66.4 interface enables gigabit backplane communications between boards independent of the PCIe interface.

The Model 3312 FMC surpasses the speed and density of previous products with four 250 MHz 16-bit A/Ds and two 800 MHz 16-bit D/As. Its high pin-count FMC connector matches the new Virtex-7 FPGA carrier, boosting performance levels and adding flexibility.

“For Pentek, this was a natural evolution of our Virtex-7 XMC modules,” said Rodger Hosking, vice-president of Pentek. "This new product line was inspired by many customers asking for FMC implementations of our popular Cobalt and Onyx family. Pentek also becomes the first supplier to offer VITA 66.4 on a VPX FMC carrier.”

Seamless Integration
The Model 5973 comes preconfigured with a suite of built-in functions for data capture, synchronization, time tagging and formatting, all tailored and optimized for specific FMC modules, like the 3312. Together, they provide an ideal turn-key signal interface for radar, communications, or general data acquisition applications, eliminating the integration effort typically left for the user when integrating FMC and carrier.  

Development Tools and Software Support
While many applications can be satisfied with the board’s built-in functions, the 5973 is an ideal development and deployment platform for custom IP.  Supported by the Pentek GateFlow® FPGA Design Kit, users have access to the complete factory installed IP at the source level, allowing them to extend or even replace the built in functions. 

The Pentek GateXpress® PCIe Configuration Manager supports dynamic FPGA reconfiguration though software commands as part of the runtime application.  This provides an efficient was to quickly reload the FPGA, which occurs many times during development.  For deployed environments, GateXpess  enables reloading the FPGA without the need to reset the host system, ideal for applications that require dynamic access to multiple processing IP algorithms.

The Pentek ReadyFlow® Board Support Package is available for Windows and Linux operating systems.  Provided as a C-callable library, the complete suite of initialization, control and status functions, as well as a rich set of precompiled, ready-to-run-examples, accelerate application development.

About Pentek
Pentek develops, manufactures and markets innovative DSP systems and recorders to original equipment manufacturers, distributors and value-added resellers. Pentek offers powerful VME, VPX, VXS, PMC, XMC, FMC, cPCI, PCI, PCIe and AMC boards for data acquisition, software radio and digital signal processing featuring Xilinx FPGAs, Texas Instruments C6000 DSPs, and Freescale G4 PowerPCs. Pentek’s I/O includes A/Ds, D/As, FPGAs, Serial FPDP, LVDS, RF converters and more. Pentek equips all products with high-performance I/O including gigabit serial interfaces and offers strong DSP software support.

Contact Information

Pentek

One Park Way
Upper Saddle River, NJ, 07458
USA

tele: 201-818-5900
fax: 201-818-5904
sales@pentek.com
www.pentek.com/

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