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Pentek intros turn-key multichannel, high-speed A/D, D/A

28 Oct 2015

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Pentek Inc. has recently unleashed the FlexorSet Model 5973-324 for 3U VPX and Model 7070-324 for PCIe. According to the company, the solutions consist of the Flexor Model 3324 4-Channel A/D & 4-Channel D/A FMC installed on either of two carriers. The carriers pack optimised Pentek FPGA IP for A/D acquisition and D/A waveform playback, which is matched to the four 500MHz, 16bit A/Ds and the four 1.5GHz, 16bit D/As with digital up-converters (DUCs) on the FMC.

The Model 3324 FMC front end accepts four analogue HF or IF inputs on front panel connectors with transformer coupling into two Texas Instruments ADS54J69 dual ADCs, boosting density for high channel count systems.

FlexorSet Model 5973-324 for 3U VPX and Model 7070-324 for PCIe

On the output side, a TI DAC38J84 DAC 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 1.5GHz are supported, with or without translation.

FlexorSet carriers support the 3324 FMC with a choice of Virtex-7 FPGAs to match the specific requirements of the processing task. Optional optical interfaces for gigabit serial inter-board communication and optional LVDS connections to the Virtex-7 FPGA for custom I/O afford flexible configuration of the platform.

Bundling for seamless integration

Both FlexorSets come pre-configured with a suite of built-in functions for data acquisition, time tagging and waveform playback, all tailored and optimised for the FMC and carrier. This IP enables high performance capture and delivery of data to provide an ideal turn-key signal interface for radar, communications and general data acquisition applications, eliminating the FMC/carrier integration effort typically left to the user.

Development tools and software support

FlexorSet presents system integrators with a 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.

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