Pentek Develops Two Products for Real-time Digital Signal Processing

10/28/2003 - Pentek, Inc., the industry pioneer of VME board-level technology, announced the availability of two classes of high-performance system level products for real-time digital signal processing applications: RTS Development Platforms and RTS Turnkey Systems.

RTS Development Platforms are developer-ready systems targeted for data acquisition, digital up- and down-conversion, processing, analyzing, recording and synthesizing a wide range of signals.

RTS Turnkey Systems are complete operator-ready systems, tailored for specific, high-end applications. Pentek has entered into a strategic alliance with DSPCon, Inc., a systems integrator, known for end-to-end project support from system definition, to algorithm development, to hardware system delivery. As part of this arrangement, DSPCon will directly work with the customer to develop a statement-of-work that results in a fully integrated and tested commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solution with custom application code and a complete graphical user interface (GUI).

Pentek's decision to offer the RTS Development Platforms and Turnkey Systems is a result of numerous customer requests for highly-scalable, systems-level solutions. "The RTS systems will save the design engineer valuable development time and effort. Engineers will be able to take the development platform provided and easily integrate their own application code to keep their projects on schedule," stated Rodger Hosking, vice president, Pentek.

"The RTS Development Platforms are a perfect way to give our customers a jump start on their development," said Al Brower, president of DSPCon. By putting many of Pentek's most popular products in a configuration which addresses a large number of real-time applications will certainly save engineers a great deal of time and money. DSPCon has enjoyed a ten-year partnership with Pentek. Our knowledgeable engineering staff (many of whom have US DOD clearances) puts DSPCon in a perfect position to offer cost-effective enhancements to the RTS Development Platform. I believe this is a huge value added proposition for customers on a tight budget or schedule," he concluded.

RTS Development Platforms
Designed to enable application developers with a pre-tested and configured platform, RTS systems can eliminate the time and risk associated with new system development. RTS Development Platforms can include processing boards, I/O modules, a card cage, required cabling, host computer, storage devices, code development tools, board support libraries and drivers, full documentation and sample applications. Each system is highly-scalable to allow initial development to begin with a minimum configuration, with the option to easily expand as needed.

First in the series is the System RTS 2501, a Real-Time Radar Signal Processor and Recorder Development Platform. The system consists of a 100 MHz, 14-bit analog front end, scalable from 2 to 80 channels. Digitized data is then passed to optional GC1012B wideband digital down-converters and Virtex-II FPGAs where additional processing can be performed. The data stream is then presented to a 600 MHz MPC7455 G4 PowerPC where signals can be further processed and analyzed. The system is equipped with a Fibre Channel interface for direct connection to RAIDs or JBODs for signal storage. The system is delivered in a 6U VMEbus card cage pre-configured and tested, with all required cabling and software.

Pentek intends to offer three additional application-specific versions of the RTS Development Platform:

RTS Turnkey Systems
Each RTS Turnkey System is defined by a statement-of-work developed with DSPCon to ensure fully-integrated and tested COTS-based solutions. Custom code for the signal processing and storage tasks and a complete GUI are included. RTS Turnkey Systems are ideal for software radio, acoustic testing, high-speed multi-channel data acquisition and recording and signal intelligence applications.

Pricing & Availability
The basic configuration the RTS 2501 Development Platform without a host computer is immediately available starting at $35,000 USD with 6-12 weeks ARO.

About Pentek
Pentek develops, manufactures and markets innovative DSP systems to original equipment manufacturers, distributors and value-added resellers. Pentek offers powerful VME, PMC, VIM and VXI boards for data acquisition, software radio and digital signal processing featuring Texas Instrument's C6000 DSPs, Motorola's G4 PowerPC and Xilinx FPGAs. Pentek's I/O includes A/D's, D/A's, Digital Receivers and upconverters and more. Pentek equips products with interfaces like RACE++ and FPDP-II and offers strong DSP software support.

Pentek, VIM and GateFlow are registered trademarks of Pentek, Inc.

North American Sales Contact: Mario Schiavone, Pentek, Inc., One Park Way, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458-2311; telephone 201-818-5900, ext. 759; fax 201-818-5904; email, web site Sales Contacts: VSystems SA in France at 130070060, VSystems Electronic GmbH in Germany at 892737630, VSystems s.r.l. in Italy at 11.966 1319, VSystems AB in Sweden at 84441550, VSystems UK at 1142813123, WTI in Israel at 99-563163 and MISH International in Japan at 42-538-7650.

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