Quixilica Neptune Delivers Dual Channels of Two GSPS A/D Converters

2/28/2005 - TEK Microsystems, Inc. of Chelmsford MA and QinetiQ of Malvern, UK announced the new Quixilica Neptune VXS-1, the first VXS standard product to combine FPGA technology with a dual channel, 2 GSPS (giga samples per second) architecture. Designed as a 6U VME standard payload card for high-speed streaming analog-to-digital applications, Neptune doubles the sampling rate of existing technologies on the market. Applications such as signal intelligence, radar, and electronic warfare can achieve an immediate 2:1 reduction in the number of boards required for each system using Neptune. System design/integration issues and system design costs can be reduced by as much as 50%. TEK Microsystems will integrate Neptune into its advanced signal processing systems and will market the Neptune directly through its distribution channels in the United States.

Applications such as signal intelligence, radar and electronic warfare can now take advantage of both higher signal bandwidth and onboard FPGA processing. Front end pre-processing can be integrated directly into the A/D subsystem, allowing a single 6U card to support higher bandwidth applications while simultaneously reducing the number of back-end processors required for a given algorithm. TEK Microsystems will integrate Neptune into its advanced signal processing and data recording systems and will market Neptune directly through its distribution channels in the USA and Canada.

“VXS gives us high-bandwidth, off-board communication while making it easy for customers to integrate Neptune into their system level applications,” said Andrew Reddig, president and CTO of TEK Microsystems, Inc. “Neptune is the first VXS product to combine 2 GSPS analog to digital converters with FPGAs. Now developers can build high performance embedded systems without sacrificing the open standard interoperability that our customers require.”

Neptune VXS-1 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 connector to VME boards to support switched fabric interconnects such as Infiniband, Serial RapidIO and PCI Express with data rates up to 2.5 GB/s for each 6U slot . Neptune couples high performance analog and digital I/O front ends 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 and software required for maximum development efficiency.

Dr. Bill Smith of QinetiQ also comments, “Developers can implement their front-end signal processing algorithms in the large user-programmable FPGA on Neptune which reduces the amount of data that needs to be transferred off-board for subsequent processing. The ultra-high-speed analog to digital converters allow the possibility to employ advanced digital processing and analysis techniques on a vastly larger range of spectral bandwidth than has previously been possible.”

A Xilinx Virtex-II Pro XC2VP70 FPGA is at the heart of the Neptune VXS-1 product and provides the interface between the analog-to-digital converters, memories and I/O resources on the card. Two channels of 2 GSPS, 10 bit resolution analog-to-digital conversion make Neptune the fastest product in its class.

The Quixilica Neptune VXS-1 is available from TEK Microsystems see www.tekmicro.com 60 days ARO. Pricing starts at $31,000 for single unit quantities. High resolution photos are available at www.tekmicro.com/60_support/neptune.jpg

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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