12/16/2004 - TEK Microsystems, Inc. introduced the JazzStore family of data recording solutions for demanding high speed sensor applications. JazzStore is the first data recording solution to implement a real-time FAT32 file system that provides developers with an easy to use and native interface for information retrieval. Radar, signals intelligence, imaging and surveillance applications can configure the modular JazzStore with a wide range of PMC and XMC-based I/O modules to design a solution to precisely meet their specific requirements.
“JazzStore is an ideal solution for streaming sensor applications – particularly those that include multiple data input streams with different physical interfaces such as analog, video or Serial FPDP”, said Andy Reddig, president and CTO of TEK Microsystems. “One advantage Tekmicro provides with JazzStore is our investment in an optimized real-time implementation of the industry standard FAT32 file system. Now we can record and playback at 100% of the RAID bandwidth, and we can seamlessly access data from Windows or Linux workstations without requiring special software. It’s just one more step in making embedded systems easier to use and more productive for developers.”
The JazzStore architecture supports a wide range of both card-level and system-level solutions. A JazzStore system can be as small as a single 6U card either using a Tekmicro PowerRACE carrier card with two PMC sites and RACE++ fabric, or a JazzStream IO carrier card with two dual-mode PMC/XMC sites using PCI Express and VXS. The I/O interface can come from the fabric or use a PMC/XMC site to support one of more than 30 supported Tekmicro and third party I/O modules. Larger systems can use up to 12 cards to scale to multiple I/O and storage channels while maintaining a common architecture, file format and control/status interface.
JazzStore cards and systems are available as stand-alone components, turnkey systems with standard interfaces, or tailored systems to meet application-specific I/O requirements. All JazzStore components, including enclosures and RAIDs, are available in commercial grade as well as ruggedized versions for harsh environments.
JazzStore is unique in its implementation of system-wide timing and synchronization that is important when multiple data streams must be synchronized. Tekmicro has implemented a system wide timebase across carriers and I/O modules to ensure synchronization accuracy to under one microsecond. Multichannel applications such as radar data acquisition can maintain timing coherency across multiple channels to precisely reproduce not only the original data, but with the original timing skew as well.
JazzStore is based on a modular network-centric view of data recording, using switched fabric interconnect to build a scalable solution without software development. Windows, Linux, and Solaris sample graphical user interface programs are provided allowing any client to configure, control and monitor JazzStore systems. A wide range of SAN-based storage solutions are available from single drives to JBODs and RAIDs. Pre-integrated I/O options include FPDP, Serial FPDP, Fibre Channel, Gigabit Ethernet, A/D, D/A, HOTLink, TAXI, Channel Link, Parallel ECL/PECL/485/LVDS and more.
PowerRACE-based JazzStore systems are available today and are priced beginning at $14,900 for a single controller and $19,900 for turnkey systems. VXS-based JazzStore systems will be available in the second quarter of 2005.
About TEK Microsystems, Inc.
TEK Microsystems, Inc., founded in 1981 and headquartered in Chelmsford Massachusetts, designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of advanced high-performance boards and systems for embedded real-time computing systems. Our comprehensive product line includes advanced carrier boards based on widely adopted industry standards and more than 30 XMC cards. These products are used in real-time systems designed for data acquisition, instrumentation, control systems and signal processing in customer applications such as reconnaissance, signals intelligence, satellite telemetry, mine detection, medical imaging, radar, sonar, semiconductor inspection and seismic research.
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