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Pentek Introduces Jade Architecture Module for Extremely Wideband Signal Applications


1-channel, 3.6 GHz or 2-channel, 1.8 GHz 12-bit A/D converter; *Digital down converter (DDC) IP with up to 32x decimation; Jade architecture with Xilinx Kintex Ultrascale FPGA offers price, power and processing performance advantages; Navigator Design Suite compatible with Xilinx’s Plug-and-Play Vivado IP Integrator expedites development.

Upper Saddle River, NJ, January 06, 2017 --(PR.com)-- Pentek, Inc., today introduced the newest member of the Jade™ family of high-performance data converter XMC FPGA modules: the Jade Model 71841, a 1-channel, 3.6 GHz 12-bit A/D or 2-channel, 1.8 GHz 12-bit A/D XMC module based on the Xilinx Kintex Ultrascale FPGA.

Performance IP Cores
The Model 71841 comes preconfigured with a suite of built-in functions for data capture, synchronization, time tagging and formatting, making it an ideal turn-key interface for radar, communications or general data acquisition applications. The Model 71841 features an A/D acquisition IP module and a programmable DDC for easy data capture and moving. Single-channel mode decimation can be programmed to 8, 16 and all values from 32 to 528 in steps of 16. Dual-channel mode decimation can be programmed to 4, 8 and all values from 16 to 256 in steps of 8 with both channels sharing the same decimation rate. In dual-channel mode, each DDC has an independent 32-bit tuning frequency setting that ranges from DC to the A/D sampling frequency.

“The Model 71841 significantly boosts the performance, with considerable savings in power, cost, and even weight,” said Bob Sgandurra, director of Product Development of Pentek. “Our customers are excited to take advantage of the Jade Architecture and our Navigator design suite in their next development cycle.”

A/D Converter Stage
The front end accepts analog HF or IF inputs on a pair of front panel SSMC connectors with transformer coupling into a Texas Instruments ADC12D1800 12-bit A/D. The converter operates in single-channel interleaved mode with a sampling rate of 3.6 GHz and an input bandwidth of 1.75 GHz; or, in dual-channel mode with a sampling rate of 1.8 GHz and input bandwidth of 2.8 GHz. A programmable 15-bit gain adjustment allows the Model 71841 to have a full-scale input range of +2 dBm to +4 dBm. A built-in Auto Sync feature supports A/D synchronization across multiple modules.

Breakthrough Performance with the Jade Architecture
Evolved from proven designs of the Pentek Cobalt® and Onyx® architectures, the Jade architecture is based on the Xilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGA, which raises the digital signal processing (DSP) performance by over 50%. Equally impressive are reductions in cost, power dissipation, and weight.

As the central feature of the Jade architecture, the FPGA has access to all data and control paths, enabling factory-installed functions including data multiplexing, channel selection, data packing, gating, triggering and memory control. Jade supports an optional 5 GB bank of DDR4 SDRAM memory for custom applications. The memory to Gen.3 x8 PCIe link can sustain 6.4 GB/s data transfers, a 20% improvement over the Onyx architecture. Eight additional gigabit serial lanes and LVDS general purpose I/O lines are available for custom solutions.

Navigator Design Suite Efficiencies Streamline IP Development
Pentek’s Navigator™ Design Suite was designed from the ground up to work with Pentek’s Jade architecture and Xilinx’s Vivado Design Suite® providing an unparalleled plug-and-play solution to the complex task of IP and control software creation and compatibility. The Navigator Design Suite consists of two components: Navigator FDK (FPGA Design Kit) for integrating custom IP into Pentek sourced designs and Navigator BSP (Board Support Package) for creating host applications. Users can work efficiently at the API level for software development and with an intuitive graphical interface for IP design.

Pentek’s Navigator FDK provides complete data acquisition and processing IP. When the design is opened in Vivado’s IP Integrator, the developer can access every component of the Pentek design, replacing or modifying blocks as needed for a specific application. All blocks use industry standard AXI4 interfaces providing a well-defined format for custom IP to connect to the rest of the design. In addition to the IP specific to the supported Jade board, Navigator also includes processing blocks for some of the most commonly used algorithms.

Form Factors
The Model 71841 XMC module is designed to operate with the wide range of carrier boards in PCIe, 3U & 6U VPX, AMC, and 3U & 6U CompactPCI form factors, with versions for both commercial and rugged environments.

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

About Pentek
Please see http://www.pentek.com for details.

Pentek, Cobalt, Onyx, Jade, GateFlow, Navigator, and SPARK are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pentek, Inc. Brand or product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective holders.

For access to the full release and data sheets, please visit: http://www.pentek.com/whatsnew/viewrelease.cfm?index=218

North American Sales Contact: Mario Schiavone, Pentek, Inc., One Park Way, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458-2311; 201-818-5900; Fax 201-818-5904; Email news@pentek.com; Website www.pentek.com.

International Sales Contacts: For a list of Pentek representatives and distributors, please visit http://www.pentek.com/contact/replist.pdf.

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Barbara Stewart
Patterson & Associates
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