PENTEK SLIDESHOW

ABOUT PENTEK

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 softwaredata acquisition and I/ODSP (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.

FEATURED ARTICLES

  • The Sensor Open Systems Architecture™ (SOSA™) Consortium is developing common open standards for designing, building, and deploying hardware, software, and firmware components of new military electronic systems. Because the emerging SOSA hardware standard draws primarily from OpenVPX and other related VITA standards, the new technologies, topologies, and environmental requirements critical to meeting SOSA objectives must be supported by extensions to these VITA standards. This article is an overview of the SOSA and VITA organizations and how they interact, along with the challenges, successful strategies, and illustrative examples.

  • Open architecture initiatives such as the Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) effort are showing tremendous momentum at the start of 2020. In this podcast, Pentek discusses these initiatives, their benefits, the business model roadblocks at the prime contractor level, as well as specifics from the demo including the Department of Defense keynote speakers. Additional presentation highlights include artificial intelligence (AI) for embedded systems from the the Embedded Tech Trends (ETT) conference held prior to the Tri-Service demo.

  • Something exciting is happening in the service representative community. Representatives from three different programs, one from each of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) services, have come together with a common objective to solve their respective acquisition problems with an agreed upon, open architecture standard. Here is the final part of a 3-part article covering the SOSA (Sensor Open System Architecture) Consortium’s efforts.

  • Delving into the world of RFSoCs, radar, ruggedization, and reliability, Rodger Hosking from Pentek joins us to discuss the details of the Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC as we take a closer look at the benefits and challenges of this unique single-chip adaptable radio platform.

  • New RFSoC technologies add RF-class analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog data converters to Xilinx’s family of FPGAs. This white paper looks at current trends in data converters and signal processing to better understand the capabilities of RFSoC and how to best use the technology.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Analog-to-Digital (A/D) converters accept an analog voltage at the input and produce a digital representation of that voltage at the output, called a “sample.” This handbook focuses on the use of A/D converters with sampling rates higher than 100 MHz, review sampling techniques and FPGA technology.

  • 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. 

  •  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.

FEATURES NEWS

FEATURED DOWNLOADS

  • 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.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Pentek, Inc.

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Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458

UNITED STATES

Phone: 201-818-5900

Fax: 201-818-5904

Contact: Gina Peter

FEATURED PRODUCTS

  • The Talon® RTR 2628 recorder provides eight channels of phase-coherent RF signal recording, ideal for phased-array antenna systems. It is tunable up to 6 GHz and provides up to 80 MHz of real-time capture bandwidth.

  • The Model 6350S is a small form factor 8-channel A/D & D/A subsystem designed for a variety of applications including high-bandwidth data streaming, waveform signal generators, multimode data acquisition, and other electronic warfare systems. Designed to be integrated into larger systems with minimal design effort, the 6350S delivers the performance and high-channel density of RFSoC in a small, convenient footprint.

  • Pentek offers the Quartz® Model 6003 high-performance Quartz eXpress Module (QuartzXM) based on the Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC FPGA. The RFSoC FPGA integrates eight RF-class A/D and D/A converters into the Zynq’s multiprocessor architecture, creating a multichannel data conversion and processing solution on a single chip.

  • The Talon RTR 2742 is a turn-key record and playback system for ultra-wideband analog RF/IF signals. Using two 12-bit, 6.4 GHz A/D converters, this system can achieve sustained recording of 2.4 GHz bandwidth signals at rates up to 6 GBytes per second.

  • The Model 5903 High-Speed Synchronizer and Distribution Board from Pentek is designed to synchronize multiple Pentek Quartz family boards within a system. It enables synchronous sampling and timing for a wide range of multichannel high-speed data acquisition, DSP, radar, EW, and software radio applications.

  • The Talon RTR 2757 is a turnkey system designed for recording 200 Gigabit Ethernet UDP streams. It is designed to capture digitized data from four of these streams in real time at the full 100 Gigabit per second rate. With up to 122 TB of removable solid-state storage, the RTR 2757 provides hours of multi-channel wideband signal recording.

  • The Model 7050 from PENTEK is an 8-channel high-performance PCIe board based on the Xilinx® Zynq® UltraScale+™ RFSoC. With an on-board GPS receiver and 16 GB of DDR4 SDRAM, this device is ideal for high-bandwidth data streaming, waveform signal generators, multimode data acquisition, remote monitoring, and 5G development.

  • The ArchiTek™ FPGA Development Suite is designed to allow FPGA design engineers to add custom IP to a number of Pentek's Talon recording systems. FPGA IP can be added to the recorder to provide real-time, on-the-fly digital signal processing during the data acquisition process, greatly reducing the time associated with post-processing recorded data. ArchiTek provides a simple development environment that allows engineers to add FPGA IP such as threshold detection, spectral filtering, digital downconversion, demodulation or any other digital signal processing technique required.

  • Pentek offers the Talon® RTX 2684 as a 26 GHz sentinel intelligent signal scanner recording system. The system provides SIGINT engineers the ability to scan the RF spectrum from 1 GHz to 26 GHz for signals of interest and monitor or record bandwidths up to 500 MHz wide.

  • 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.

FEATURED VIDEOS

  • During this webinar, experts involved in the SOSA Consortium and the standard’s development will discuss the elements of conformance to the Technical Standard, how the upcoming 1.0 release will address it, and considerations for the certification process.

  • RFSoC technology has revolutionized design strategies for MIL-AERO systems for Radar, SIGINT, EW and Communications, and the new Gen 3 version has opened up even higher performance levels and bandwidths.

  • Pentek’s Model 8256 is a 3U VPX platform aligned to the SOSA Technical Standard with IPMI and connectivity for RF and optical interfaces for application development with Pentek's Quartz RFSoC data acquisition and processing boards. Pentek's SOSA aligned products facilitate interoperability, re-use, and rapid technology insertion, all consistent with the SOSA Consortium's approach and vision. 

  • Based on the Xilinx Zynq® Ultascale+™ RFSoC, the Quartz family brings performance and high-density integration 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. 

  • The Xilinx RFSoC provides 100 Gigabit Ethernet optical ports for streaming data from its high-speed A/D converters. 100 Gigabit Ethernet is capable of streaming data at rates as high as 12.5 Gigabytes per second. In order to capture data at these very high rates, real-time recording systems require a major upgrade in their storage technology. NVME provides a new storage protocol and interface to accommodate exponentially higher streaming data rates than previous generation interfaces. This presentation will familiarize system design engineers with PC based real-time recording systems and the latest techniques for creating an NVME PCIe type recording system.

EBOOK

  • Wireless communication is often taken for granted due to its reliability and effectiveness, but perhaps less so by a soldier whose life may depend upon it. Tactical radios and communications systems must work, and work all the time, even when an enemy may be trying to shut it down with jamming signals and other forms of high-energy electromagnetic (EM) interference. This eBook discusses the importance of radios and other tactical communication systems, and solutions for increasing their performance levels.

  • High-speed RF processing for high-performance computing applications, as with SDR, require resources like FPGAs to deliver flexibility and accuracy. Understanding FPGA options and data acquisition components can help developers optimize these application solutions.

  •  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.

  • 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. 

  • This SOSA e-book holds a compilation of technical articles regarding the Sensor Open Standards Architecture (SOSA). SOSA is chartered with creating a common framework for transitioning sensor systems to an open-systems architecture.