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.


  • Podcast: SOSA, Tri-Service Demo, AI And Signal Processing

    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.

  • SOSA Consortium Members Pentek, Herrick Technology Laboratories And Kontron Teamed Up To Deliver C4ISR Demonstrator System

    Pentek. Inc, Herrick Technology Laboratories, Inc. and Kontron, have developed products aligned with the Sensor Open Systems Architecture" (SOSA") Technical Standard that are used in a new 3U VPX demonstrator system designed to illustrate the capabilities of open systems architectures. This 3U VPX system is ideal for electronic warfare (EW), SIGINT, radar and communications applications. The flight-qualified chassis utilizes open architecture modules, from multiple suppliers, for a complete functional demonstration system.

  • Development Of The Next-Generation Openvpx-Based Embedded System Standard

    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.

  • The Art of Rugged Communication RFSoCs, Radar, and Reliability

    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.

  • Strategies For Developing Xilinx’s Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC

    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.

  • COTS Software Defined Radio For 5G Development

    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. 

  • Software Defined Radio Handbook

    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.

  • Beamforming And Radar

    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. 

  • Defense

    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.

  • Communications

    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's Jade Architecture Digital I/O XMC Module Now Available

    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.

  • Science And Control

    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.

  • Putting FPGAs To Work In Software Radio Systems

    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.

  • Development Tactics And Techniques For Small Form Factor RF Signal Recorders

    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. 

  • Pentek’s Jade Architecture SOSA Aligned LVDS XMC Module With Optical I/O Now Available

    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.


  • Pentek Analog And Digital I/O Product Brochure

    This catalog introduces Pentek’s analog and digital I/O products, including products from their Cobalt, Onyx, Jade, Flexor, and Bandit families.

  • Pentek Talon High-Speed Recording Systems Catalog

    This catalog introduces Pentek’s Talon® High-Speed Recording Systems as flexible and deployable solutions.

  • Pentek Software And FPGA Tools Brochure

    This catalog introduces Pentek’s software and FPGA tools, including the Navigator™ Design Suite, and software fir Linux, Windows®, and Talon Recorders.

  • Pentek Clock And Sync Generators Catalog

    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.

  • Pentek Radar And SDR I/O Product Catalog

    This catalog introduces Pentek’s Radar and SDR I/O – PMC/XMC products, including many of the Cobalt, Onyx, and Jade family products.

  • Pentek Product Catalog

    The Pentek Product Brochure offers a product overview of Pentek’s digital signal processing boards, data acquisition boards, software radio boards, and recording systems.

  • Jade Xilinx Ultra-Scale FPGA Family Brochure

    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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  • 8 Channel A/D & D/A Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC Processor PCIe: Model 7050

    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.

  • ArchiTek FPGA Development Suite For Talon Recorders

    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.

  • 26 GHz Sentinel Intelligent Signal Scanner Recording System: Talon® RTX 2684

    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.

  • Pentek Flexor Family

    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 Talon® High-Speed Recording Systems

    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.

  • Pentek Onyx Family

    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.

  • Pentek Cobalt® Family

    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.

  • Jade Xilinx Ultra-Scale FPGA Family

    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 Quartz Family: Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC

    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.


  • Webinar: Development And Deployment Strategies For Xilinx’s RFSoC FPGA

    This webinar discusses a number of development and deployment strategies for Xilinx’s RFSoC FPGA presented by Pentek. Topics include a hardware overview and product strategies, signal performance and calibration, as well as available development tools and platforms.

  • Benefits Of Software Defined Radio

    Bob Muro of Pentek, Inc. talked to us about the importance of software defined radio in 5G networks.

  • Introducing Talon RTX Extreme Rackmount Recorders

    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.

  • A Quick Look At Pentek's SPARK Development Systems

    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.

  • Introducing The RTR 2729A Talon 3.6 GS/sec Ultra-Wideband RF/IF Rugged Portable Recorder

    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.


  • Pentek Microwave And RF Radar eBook

    This eBook by Pentek offers a number of articles covering the topic of radar technology. This includes the history and future of radar systems, the use of radar in military and commercial applications, and the measurements of pulsed radar signals.

  • RFSoC FPGA Deployment Strategies eBook

    This eBook by Pentek focuses on RFSoC FPGA deployment strategies, since these products are powerful solutions for addressing the most demanding requirements of high-bandwidth and high-channel-count systems. This download also compares RFSoC with current trends in A/D and D/A converters.