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Pentek’s Virtex-6 FPGA Cobalt Quad-Channel Data Acquisition and Processing Board Excels with 200 MSPS at 16 Bits

*Configurable memory up to 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM or 32 MB QDRII+ SRAM *VITA 42.0 XMC and Gen 2 PCI Express support up to X8 *Onboard Virtex-6 FPGA preconfigured with data acquisition and radar features

Upper Saddle River, NJ, June 17, 2010 --( Pentek, Inc., today announced a new member of its Cobalt™ product family leveraging Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGAs for high-performance data acquisition and signal processing – the 71660 four-channel data acquisition module. The instrument targets radar and communications applications requiring next-generation performance and is a natural follow-on to Pentek’s popular Virtex-5 FPGA 7150 board family, improving signal quality and tripling DSP resources.

“The 71660 delivers critical performance levels previously unattainable and provides an excellent technology-insertion path for existing applications,” said Roger Hosking, vice president of Pentek. “Its four front-end data acquisition channels offer the industry’s highest resolution and the back-end PCI Express interface offers at least four times the throughput of previous PCI-X interfaces. Between them is a Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA with over 2000 DSP slices to handle the toughest real-time signal processing tasks. We have also built in several popular data acquisition features inspired by customer applications in our earlier-generation boards.”

“Pentek is taking full advantage of the Virtex-6 family’s functionality in their Cobalt product line, achieving sustained data throughput at 80% of the built-in PCI Express interface’s theoretical peak data rate,” said Xilinx senior manager, Platform Solutions, Raj Seelam. “They are also able to leverage the Virtex family’s reduced power requirements to create boards that will support any Virtex-6 FPGA the customer requires.”

Form Factor, Price and Availability

The native form factor for the 71660 is an XMC module and is also offered in a conduction-cooled version. Other offerings include the 78660 PCI Express board, 53660 3U VPX board, 73660 3U cPCI and the 72660 6U Compact PCI board. Software support initially includes drivers for Windows and Linux platforms, with support for VxWorks to follow.

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


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