Pentek's mission is to provide the embedded community with leading edge system- and board-level solutions for the most demanding requirements in data acquisition, digital signal processing and software radio applications through excellence and innovation.
Pentek, an ISO 9001:2015 certified company, was founded in 1986 and is now the premier source for high-speed real-time recording systems and software, data acquisition and I/O, DSP (digital signal processing) and SDR(software defined radio) products.
Our customers enjoy the performance and flexibility afforded by our system- and board-level commercial and conduction-cooled product lines and our world-class applications support.
New RFSoC technologies add RF-class analog to digital and digital to analog data converters to Xilinx’s already powerful MPSoC, ARM processor enhanced family of high-performance FPGAs. The implications of its use changes the way engineers could design and package small, high-channel count systems for 5G, military, and scientific applications. This white paper takes a look at the current trends in data converters and signal processing to better understand the capabilities of RFSoC and how to best use the advantages of the technology.
Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Software-Defines-Radio (SDR) products are traditionally used for military radar and communication applications. However, the latest SDR products offer SoC solutions with integrated I/O, ARM processors, and large FPGAs that include intellectual property (IP) for accessing, routing, and processing digital data. These attributes with superior signal integrity, phase-coherent sampling, and multi-channel transceivers a COTS SDR system is an ideal choice for 5G development platforms.
Recently updated, this handbook shows how DDCs (Digital Downconverters), the fundamental building block of software radio, can replace legacy analog receiver designs while offering significant performance, density, and cost benefits.
OpenVPX presents a formal, well-organized system for defining all components in VPX systems. Numerous "profiles" for boards, slots and backplanes that detail specific configurations of channels, interconnections and fabrics are explained in this handbook. Designers can browse through these standardized profiles to find one that satisfies the objectives of each new system. By narrowing the field of configurations, these profiles boost reusability and interoperability among vendors.
In today's world of high-speed A/D converters real-time signal recording has become a challenging task that requires specialized hardware and intelligent application software. When designing a real-time recorder capable of streaming sustained data, the system developer has to consider the limitations of the recorder's operating and file systems, disk drive technology and much more.
Switched serial fabric systems connect devices together to support multiple simultaneous data transfers. The raw speed of serial fabrics is governed by three factors: the serial bit clock frequency; the channel coding efficiency; and the number of lanes or parallel bit streams ganged together in the interface. This handbook helps system designers compare and contrast different types of serial fabrics to narrow down the best available links and protocols for their high-speed embedded system application.
Pentek, Inc., today introduced the newest member of the Jade" family of data converter XMC modules. The Model 71810 is based on the Xilinx Kintex Ultrascale FPGA and features LVDS digital I/O to meet custom requirements. The Model 71810 routes 38 pairs of LVDS connections from the FPGA to an 80-pin connector on the front panel. When mounted on a compatible single board computer or other XMC carrier, the Model 71810 provides a fully customizable I/O signal status and control interface.
Analog-to-Digital (A/D) converters are designed to accept an analog voltage at the input and produce a digital representation of that voltage at the output, called a “sample.” The difference in sample rates can be up to ten orders of magnitude, where thousands of A/D applications are spread continuously throughout this range of use. This handbook will primarily focus on the use of A/D converters with sampling rates higher than 100 MHz, review sampling techniques, FPGA technology, and present the latest Pentek high-speed A/D products.
SDR (Software-Defined Radio) technologies have reformed electronic systems for a variety of applications including communications, data acquisition, and signal processing. This handbook shows how DDCs (Digital Downconverters) and DUCs (Digital Upconverters), the fundamental building blocks of SDR, can replace legacy analog receiver and transmitter designs while offering significant benefits in performance, density and cost. This handbook discusses conventional analog receiver and transmitter systems, the inner workings of SDR technologies, and available SDR products and their applications.
FPGAs have become an increasingly important resource for software radio systems. This handbook introduces the basics of FPGA technology and its relationship to SDR (Software-Defined Radio) systems. A review of Pentek’s GateFlow FPGA Design Resources is followed by a discussion of features and benefits of FPGA-based DDCs. Pentek SDR products that utilize FPGA technology and applications based on such products are also presented.
This paper describes the engineering considerations and design techniques used to develop a small form factor rugged recorder that can handle the extremely high data rates associated with very wide bandwidth RF signal recording. It is intended to provide engineers with ideas on how to bring this capability into confined and often extreme environments while focusing on military specification compliance, SWaP and ease of use with confidence.
Pentek, Inc., recently introduced the newest member of the Jade family of data converter XMC modules. The Model 71813 is based on the Xilinx Kintex Ultrascale FPGA and features 28 pairs of LVDS digital I/O to meet the requirements of emerging standards from The Open Group Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) Consortium of which Pentek is a member.
This catalog introduces Pentek’s analog and digital I/O products, including products from their Cobalt, Onyx, Jade, Flexor, and Bandit families.
This catalog introduces Pentek’s Talon® High-Speed Recording Systems as flexible and deployable solutions.
This catalog introduces Pentek’s software and FPGA tools, including the Navigator™ Design Suite, and software fir Linux, Windows®, and Talon Recorders.
This catalog introduces Pentek’s clock and sync generator products, including multifrequency clock synthesizers, high-speed synchronizer and distribution boards, and high-speed clock generators.
This catalog introduces Pentek’s Radar and SDR I/O – PMC/XMC products, including many of the Cobalt, Onyx, and Jade family products.
The Pentek Product Brochure offers a product overview of Pentek’s digital signal processing boards, data acquisition boards, software radio boards, and recording systems.
The Jade Xilinx FPGA family of products utilizes Jade™ architecture which embodies a new streamlined approach to FPGA based boards, simplifying the design to reduce power and cost, while still providing some of the highest performance FPGA resources available today. Designed to work with Pentek's new Navigator™ Design Suite of tools, the combination of Jade and Navigator offers users an efficient path to developing and deploying FPGA based data acquisition and processing.
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The Flexor® line of FMC analog modules and OnyxFX™ FMC carrier boards combines the high performance of the Virtex-7 FPGA with the flexibility of the FMC data converter thereby creating a complete radar and software radio solution. As a FlexorSet® integrated solution, the analog I/O FMC is factory-installed on the FMC carrier. The required FPGA IP is installed, and the board set is delivered ready for immediate use.
Pentek offers Talon® High-Speed Recording Systems designed to eliminate the time and risk associated with new technology system development. With increasing pressure in both the defense and commercial arenas to get to the market first, today’s system engineers are looking for more complete off-the-shelf system offerings. Out of the box, these systems arrive complete with a full-featured virtual operator control panel ready for immediate data recording and/or playback operation.
The Pentek Onyx® family includes radar, and software radio boards based on the Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGA. This comprehensive product line offers products that satisfy a wide range of applications. All of the board’s data and control paths are accessible by the FPGA, enabling factory installed functions including data multiplexing, channel selection, data packing, gating, triggering and memory control. The Onyx architecture organizes the FPGA as a container for data processing applications where each function exists as an (IP) module.
The Pentek Cobalt® architecture features a Virtex-6 FPGA. All of the board’s data and control paths are accessible by the FPGA, enabling factory-installed functions including data multiplexing, channel selection, data packing, gating, triggering and memory control. The Cobalt architecture organizes the FPGA as a container for data-processing applications where each function exists as an intellectual property (IP) module.
The Jade Xilinx FPGA family of products utilizes Jade™ architecture which embodies a new streamlined approach to FPGA based boards, simplifying the design to reduce power and cost, while still providing some of the highest performance FPGA resources available. Designed to work with Pentek's new Navigator™ Design Suite of tools, the combination of Jade and Navigator offers users an efficient path to developing and deploying FPGA based data acquisition and processing.
The Pentek Quartz™ family is based on the Xilinx Zynq® Ultascale+™ RFSoC FPGA. Quartz brings the performance and high-density integration of the RFSoC to a wide range of different application spaces with a uniquely flexible design path. Quartz is available in standard form factors like 3U VPX, or with the QuartzXM™ Carrier Design Kit, it can be deployed on application specific custom carriers. Designed to work with Pentek’s Navigator™ Design Suite tools, the combination of Quartz and Navigator offers users a streamlined path to IP development and deployment.
Pentek's Talon RTX rackmount series recorders are designed to provide a combination of high performance and large storage capacity in a military-specified rackmount chassis. Designed for field operation, the RTX Rackmount series provides up to 30 TB of SSD storage with aggregate recording rates up to 5 GB/sec.
Pentek's SPARK Development Systems are the quickest way to get up and running and start your application development. Each SPARK PC system includes a high-performance rackmount PC with Pentek hardware and software factor installed and tested allowing immediate "out of the box" deployment. SPARK Development Systems are available in PC and VPX platforms.
The RTR 2729A provides the performance of rackmount recorder in a lightweight portable package. With a 3.6 GHz 12-bit A/D, built-in digital down conversion and up to 30 TB of SSD storage, this portable recorder allows users to capture extremely wide bandwidth signals in real time for hours.
RFSoC technology has revolutionized the FPGA chip landscape by including on-chip A/D and D/A functionality and ARM processors in addition to the already expansive FPGA and processing resources available for custom applications. This webinar discusses how RFSoC offers a powerful and unique solution for addressing some of the most demanding requirements of high-bandwidth and high-channel-count systems.