Pentek Adds Additional I/O, Memory, Real-time Processing to VME Board

12/17/2003 - Due to strong demand for the industry's first on-board, one-slot Fibre Channel VME board, Pentek, Inc. now offers additional I/O, memory and real-time processing options. Optimized for high-performance embedded applications such as wideband data acquisition and software radio, the Model 4205 excels in processing, analyzing, recording and synthesizing tasks for a wide range of signals.

The board features a 1 GHz Motorola MPC7457 G4 PowerPC processor and two programmable Xilinx Virtex-II FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays). The Model 4205 offers a one-slot solution with two VIM-2 (Velocity Interface Mezzanine) modules, one VIM-4 module, or one VIM-2 and one PMC (PCI Mezzanine Card) module. In addition to its flexible mezzanine I/O capabilities, the Model 4205 supports numerous interface options including single or dual RACE++, Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel and other future high-speed serial interfaces such as Serial FPDP (front panel data port). Any of these interfaces can be included without exceeding the one-slot configuration.

As an attractive alternative to costly commercial real-time operating systems (RTOS), the recently ported eCos royalty-free RTOS delivers excellent real time performance plus open source code.

"By teaming the new 1 GHz PowerPC with two user-configurable FPGAs, our Model 4205 efficiently handles even the toughest digital signal processing and data transfer tasks at a very modest cost," stated Rodger Hosking, vice president of Pentek, Inc. "The new Gigabit Ethernet option boosts network data transfers by a factor of ten, and the new 1 GByte memory option doubles the data delay and buffering capacities, critical for many real time applications like radar. For these reasons, we chose the Model 4205 as the enabling technology for the Pentek RTS 2501 Radar Recording Development Platform."

New High-Speed Interface and Memory Options
In addition to the standard 10/100 Ethernet and RS-232 front panel ports, the new optional 1 Gigabit Ethernet port allows a direct connection to high-end workstations, system peripherals and other single-board single board computers. Developers can now take advantage of Gigabit Ethernet to move high-speed data as a popular alternative to RACEway or Fibre Channel.

The new 1 GByte SDRAM option improves data buffering by capturing large blocks of high-speed data from the wideband peripherals like A/D converters prior to processing or recording. It can also be useful as a large continuous digital delay memory for tracking receiver applications. Here, a circular buffer stores data while it is being inspected to determine if data should be discarded or forwarded for storage or analysis.

User Programmable FPGAs
Two Virtex-II XC2V3000 3 million gate FPGAs are strategically located in the I/O data path to facilitate real time DSP tasks. Pentek's GateFlow FPGA Resources include the GateFlow FPGA Design Kit supporting customer-developed FPGA algorithms; the GateFlow IP Core Library for high-performance FFTs (Fast Fourier Transform), digital receivers and radar pulse compression algorithms; and GateFlow Factory Installed IP Cores so customers can take immediate advantage of FPGA technology with zero FPGA development effort.

eCos Software Tools Reduce Development Time
Pentek's ReadyFlow supports VIM and PMC mezzanine modules with high-level C-callable libraries for easy control of board-specific functions. In addition, ReadyFlow for the PowerPC includes a complete distribution of eCos, an open source, royalty-free RTOS intended for embedded applications. eCos-based applications can be developed with the included GNU development tools. Pentek eCos drivers are designed to reduce development time not only during the initial stages of software development, but also when new I/O hardware is added to the system. Each driver is designed to control the specific hardware features of the I/O interface being used. This greatly shortens the application development learning curve when a system is modified or expanded.

Pentek VxWorks board support package and drivers provide software developers with a complete library of hardware initialization, control and application functions. Used in conjunction with Wind River's Tornado II software development environment, the package speeds application development.

Pricing & Availability
The Model 4205 is immediately available (6-8 weeks ARO) with pricing starting at $7,995 US. The Model 4999 ReadyFlow BSP and Drivers with eCos are immediately available for the Model 4205 starting at $1,000 US, with a one-year subscription available for $2,500 US. Model 4996 VxWorks BSP and Drivers start at $2,000, with a one-year subscription available for $4,000 US. To simplify the design process, Pentek's GateFlow IP Core Libraries are offered under the standardized SignOnce IP Project License, the industry's first multi-vendor common license for FPGA-based IP. The GateFlow FFT and Digital Receiver IP Cores are immediately available starting at $8,995 US.

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 Instruments C6000 DSPs, Motorola G4 PowerPCs and Xilinx FPGAs. Pentek's I/O includes A/Ds, D/As, digital receivers, digital upconverters and more. Pentek equips its products with high-performance interfaces including 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. 760; fax 201-818-5904; email; website International 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.

Previous Page | News by Category | News Search

If you found this page useful, bookmark and share it on: