TEK Microsystems Debuts Quixilica Neptune 2 VXS 6U VME/VXS Payload Card

10/3/2005 - TEK Microsystems, Inc. of Chelmsford MA and QinetiQ of Malvern, UK announced the new Quixilica Neptune 2 VXS, the first VXS product to combine FPGA technology with a dual channel, 2.2 GSPS (giga samples per second) architecture. Neptune 2 is a 6U VME / VXS payload card for high-speed streaming analog-to-digital applications, combining an ultra high sample rate with up to 10-bit resolution and multi-channel synchronization to single sample resolution, an improvement of 16x over existing technologies. Applications such as adaptive radar beamforming, synthetic aperture radar, signals intelligence and electronic warfare can achieve a level of accuracy never before possible.

Neptune 2 combines high signal bandwidth with fully integrated onboard FPGA processing to provide an optimum solution for high performance applications. Using the world’s fastest ADCs from Atmel provides improved performance capabilities that are especially effective in ‘noisier’ signal environments where jamming or high levels of interference may occur. Enhanced channel-to-channel synchronization between multiple Neptune 2 cards supports applications requiring up to 32 channels coherent to within one sample. And, the utilization of the latest technologies has reduced the average power consumption of Neptune 2 by 20% over the previous version of Neptune.

“Neptune 2 is the first VXS product to combine 2.2 GSPS analog to digital converters with integrated FPGA processing. Now developers can build high performance embedded systems without sacrificing the open standard interoperability that our customers require”, said Andrew Reddig, president and CTO of TEK Microsystems, Inc. “Combined with the latest Atmel technology we can achieve levels of synchronization on the board and across the system that is a significant improvement over current technologies.”

Neptune 2 VXS is part of the QinetiQ Quixilica VXS family of FPGA based processing hardware which provides a complete range of flexible analog and digital I/O products in the VITA 41.0 VXS form factor. VXS adds a high-speed P0 connector to VME boards to support switched fabric interconnects such as InfiniBand, Serial RapidIO and PCI Express along with low latency point-to-point links such as Serial FPDP and VITA 55. Neptune 2 couples the world’s highest performance analog front end with a scalable FPGA based processing architecture. Memory and inter-processor communications resources have been optimized to address the requirements of very high performance real time digital signal processing applications. Together TEK Microsystems and QinetiQ provide a range of development kits, FPGA cores, software and system platforms required for maximum development efficiency.

Dr. Bill Smith of QinetiQ also comments, “Using the latest technologies in the development of Neptune 2 has resulted in three major milestones: the fastest sampling rates with COTS ADCs in the industry, a significant reduction of the power consumption, and higher levels of reliability across the board and the systems. We continue to work with our partners at TEK Microsystems to bring the latest technologies to market.”

TEK Microsystems will integrate Neptune 2 cards into its advanced signal processing and data recording systems and will market Neptune 2 directly through its distribution channels in the USA and Canada.The Quixilica Neptune 2 VXS is available now from TEK Microsystems with delivery 60 days ARO. Pricing starts at $31,000 for single unit quantities. Photos are available at http://tekmicro.com/news_events/media.cfm

About TEK Microsystems, Inc.
Founded in 1981 and headquartered in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, TEK Microsystems, Inc., designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of advanced high-performance boards and systems for embedded real-time computing systems. Tekmicro’s comprehensive product line includes advanced carrier boards based on widely adopted industry standards and more than 30 PMC/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.

Under a commercial alliance TEK Microsystems and QinetiQ jointly develop, market and sell high performance carrier, payload, PMC/XMC, and computer boards in the United States.

About QinetiQ
QinetiQ (pronounced ki’ ne tik) is Europe’s largest science and technology solutions company with unrivalled expertise in the defense and security sectors. Founded In July 2001 from the majority of DERA (Defense Evaluation and Research Agency) the laboratories of the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense, QinetiQ employs nearly 10,000 people, including many of the UK's leading scientists and internationally acclaimed experts. QinetiQ operates in markets as diverse as defense, security, automotive, information technology, health, aerospace, rail, telecommunications, electronics, space, marine, energy and oil & gas.

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