TEK Microsystems Optimizes JazzFiber PMC for Protocol-Agnostic Streaming I/O

3/21/2005 - TEK Microsystems, Inc. of Chelmsford MA announced the JazzFiber PMC, the first protocol-agnostic fiber optic PMC I/O module optimized for both streaming I/O and signal processing applications. Like all members of the JazzFiber family of open standard I/O modules, the JazzFiber PMC combines a high performance 64-bit 133 MHz PCI-X host interface with unprecedented channel density and throughput, large onboard buffering and a rich set of FPGA-based cores for both protocols and signal processing. The use of a common FPGA architecture and software API allows applications to easily migrate between different JazzFiber solutions, protecting the user’s investment in both FPGA IP and application software.

“By providing an advanced hardware platform in combination with an optimized set of FPGA IP cores, the JazzFiber family is the first to take full advantage the promise of FPGA processing,” comments Andrew Reddig, president and CTO of TEK Microsystems, Inc. “With the new JazzFiber PMC, we have employed all of the latest hardware advances including deep buffer memory and high speed fiber optic connections, but more importantly, our customers can drop in pre-integrated signal processing cores, reduce their development time, and take advantage of QinetiQ’s run-time parameter-izable FFT, Digital Filter and Digital Receiver cores without the need for custom FPGA development.”

JazzFiber is the first product based on technology co-developed as a result of the commercial alliance between Tekmicro and QinetiQ RTES of the United Kingdom. The first JazzFiber protocol core supports ANSI/VITA 17.1 Serial FPDP, an open industry standard that is widely used for sensor interface applications such as radar, sonar, signal intelligence, and medical imaging. The Serial FPDP core supports all Serial FPDP operating modes and also provides additional functionality for windowing, timestamp insertion, output rate throttling and other features optimized for data recording and playback applications. Future protocol cores will support Fibre Channel (point-to-point and JBOD/RAID), Infiniband and Gigabit Ethernet interfaces using the same hardware platform.

The JazzFiber PMC provides four fiber optic transceivers operating at up to 3.125 Gbps each, which can be configured as four independent interfaces or combined into a single 4x link. The JazzFiber PMC supports both PCI and PCI-X protocols at up to 133 MHz, providing over 1 GB/s of throughput to support four 247 MB/s Serial FPDP streams in a single module. A full gigabyte of onboard DDR SDRAM allows deep buffering of streaming data at the full 1 GB/s data rate.

The JazzFiber PMC is fully compatible with a wide range of VME and CompactPCI carrier cards including Tekmicro’s JazzStream and PowerRACE I/O controllers and is fully integrated into Tekmicro’s JazzStore data recording and playback systems architecture.

The JazzFiber is available from TEK Microsystems (www.tekmicro.com) 60 days ARO. Pricing starts at $7,995 for two channel models and $9,995 for four channel models in single unit quantities.

High resolution photos are available at www.tekmicro.com/downloads/JazzFiber300dpi.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 modules. 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, radar, sonar, satellite telemetry, mine detection, medical imaging, semiconductor inspection and seismic research.

Under a commercial alliance TEK Microsystems and QinetiQ jointly develop, market and sell high performance data acquisition and signal processing boards and systems in the United States and Canada.

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