Pentek Launches Extensive Line of AMC Products for Signal Processing I/O
*Includes A/Ds, D/As, multiband digital receivers, upconverters and transceivers *Based on Cobalt Xilinx Virtex-6 and Onyx Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGA products *GateFlow Design Kit speeds integration of custom IP *FPGA device options offer scalable performance
Pentek, Inc., today launched the 56xxx family of Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) products giving customers instant access to the extensive line of signal processing products in the Pentek catalog. Pentek is leveraging their modular product architectures to bring a large array of options to market in a very short time. The Pentek 56xxx products fill a major I/O product gap in the AMC ecosystem by offering 15 different modules.
Many new defense programs are evaluating AMCs because of the small form factor packages and chassis. The built-in support for the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) and the existing infrastructure of modules, systems and software provide a reliable computing platform strategy for many applications. AMCs keep the performance level high while keeping systems cost down.
The AMC products are derived from the Pentek Cobalt® product family based on Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGAs with PCI Express Gen 2 system interfaces, and the Pentek Onyx® product family using Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGAs with PCI Express Gen 3 interfaces. I/O functionality in the 56xxx family includes analog-to-digital, digital-to-analog, multiband-digital receivers, upconverters, and transceivers.
“Customers have been knocking on our door asking for AMC modules for their signal processing needs,” stated Rodger Hosking, vice president of Pentek. “We responded by offering our entire line of Onyx and Cobalt products in the AMC form factor, thereby helping customers implement cost-effective systems. The Pentek 56xxx AMC product line will open many new markets for our popular Cobalt and Onyx product families.”
Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) is the PICMG specification that defines the small form factor modules. AMC modules can be used directly in a MicroTCA chassis creating a powerful data acquisition and processing system in a small footprint. A summary of the available AMC products:
4-Channel 200 MHz, 16-bit A/D Virtex-7
3-Channel 200 MHz A/D and 2-Channel 800 MHz D/A Virtex-7
L-Band RF Tuner and 2-Channel 200 MHz A/D Virtex-6
4-Ch 1.25 GHz, 16-bit D/A with DUC, Extended Interpolation Virtex-6
4-Channel 1.25 GHz, 16-bit D/A Virtex-6
4-Channel 200 MHz 16-bit A/D with 32-Channel DDC Virtex-6
4-Channel 200 MHz 16-bit A/D with DDC Virtex-6
4-Channel 200 MHz, 16-bit A/D Virtex-6
2-Ch 500 MHz A/D with DDC & 2-Ch 800 MHz D/A with DUC Virtex-6
2-Channel 500 MHz A/D and 2-Channel 800 MHz D/A Virtex-6
1-Channel 3.6 GHz or 2-Channel 1.8 GHz 12-bit A/D with DDC Virtex-6
1-Channel 3.6 GHz or 2-Channel 1.8 GHz 12-bit A/D Virtex-6
1 GHz 12-bit A/D and 1 GHz 12-bit D/A Virtex-6
3-Ch 200 MHz A/D with DDC & 2-Ch 800 MHz D/A with DUC Virtex-6
3-Channel 200 MHz A/D and 2-Channel 800 MHz D/A Virtex-6
Quad Serial FPDP Interface – Optical or Copper Virtex-6
Form Factors and Software Support
The AMC modules are designed for commercial air-cooled operating environments. Software support packages are available for Linux and Windows operating systems. For systems that require custom functions, IP can be developed using the Pentek GateFlow FPGA Design Kit, extending or even replacing the factory-installed functions.
Onyx-based AMC products feature the Pentek GateXpress™ PCIe configuration manager to reconfigure the entire FPGA across PCIe without having to reboot the system.
Pricing and Availability
The Pentek AMC module price varies on functionality and the model chosen, as listed above. The AMC pricing starts at $11,595 USD for the Model 56620. Delivery is 8 to 10 weeks ARO.
Pentek, an ISO 9001:2008 certified company, designs, manufactures and markets innovative COTS and rugged DSP boards and system recorders for commercial, government and military systems, including radar, communications, medical and industrial control applications. Pentek offers powerful VME, VPX, VXS, PMC, XMC, cPCI, PCI, PCIe and AMC boards for data acquisition, software radio and digital signal processing featuring Xilinx FPGAs. Pentek’s high-speed real-time recording systems are pre-configured and can be used in the lab or deployed in the field. Pentek equips all boards and recorder products with high-performance I/O including gigabit serial interfaces, powerful software development tools and offers strong DSP software support.