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Pentek Introduces First Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA Module with High-Performance Features Invaluable for Radar and Telemetry Applications

Three 200 MHz A/Ds and Two 800 MHz D/As. Gen 2 PCI Express Support with up to x8 Lanes. GateFlow Design Kit Available for Integrating Custom IP. Intelligent DMA Engines for Efficient and Flexible Data Movement. Second XMC Interface Offers an Additional High-Speed Data Path.

Upper Saddle River, NJ, December 03, 2009 --( Pentek is introducing its 71620, a multichannel, high-speed data converter XMC module suitable for connection to HF or IF ports for communications, radar, telemetry and medical systems. This new module is the first member of Pentek's Cobalt™ family of products slated to employ Xilinx’s new Virtex-6 family. With greater than two times more resources than previous Virtex generations, including new enhancements in digital signal processing, logic, and clocking technology, the Virtex-6 family delivers the industry’s most advanced FPGA technology.

“This new module provides our customers with a much denser fabric for supporting complex applications,” noted Rodger Hosking, vice president of Pentek. “Aside from the performance of the Virtex-6 FPGA, and the additional logic available for custom IP installation over the previous generation, its three wideband analog inputs and two wideband analog outputs directly target a wide range of radar and telemetry applications. For larger systems, this new module is equipped with a built-in clock synthesizer and multi-channel synchronization capabilities,” he concluded.

“The logic density and substantial DSP resources of Virtex-6 FPGAs make them ideal for Pentek’s newest high-speed data converter module,” said Xilinx senior manager, Platform Solutions, Raj Seelam. “The latest Virtex family consumes 50% less power than the previous generation of Virtex FPGAs, allowing Pentek to support even the largest parts in the family. Pentek has also taken full advantage of the built-in PCIe functionality of the Virtex-6 devices, using it as the primary board interface while also providing a secondary path for user installed protocols, like Aurora, to enhance board-to-board connectivity."

Form Factors, Software Support, Price and Delivery
The 71620 XMC module is designed for conduction cooled assemblies and PCIe versions are also available. Software support packages are available for Linux, Windows and VxWorks operating systems. In addition Pentek's GateFlow Design Kit is available for custom IP development.

For the latest pricing and availability information, please contact Mario Schiavone by phone at (201) 818-5900, ext. 229, or by email to

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