JazzStore SoC Packs Complete Data Recording Solution on One Chip

1/19/2006 - TEK Microsystems, Inc. of Chelmsford, MA and QinetiQ Real Time Embedded Systems (RTES) of Malvern, UK announced their latest product developed as a result of the alliance between the companies: the JazzStore SoCTM. The JazzStore SoC is the first complete data recording solution available as a "System on a Chip". Configured as advanced firmware that is contained in the FPGA, the JazzStore SoC is the first product to combine data acquisition and data recording on a single board. Previous implementations required a minimum of two boards. Advanced applications such as UAVs, signals intelligence, imaging, and surveillance applications where weight, power and size are critical can immediately benefit from this System On Chip (SoC) solution.

JazzStore SoC is the latest addition to TEK Microsystems' JazzStore family of data recording, systems. JazzStore SoC is available as an option on any of five different TEK Microsystems/QinetiQ RTES data acquisition or processing products. The JazzStore family includes a range of solutions from a single card to complete chassis, each configured to meet the unique needs of the application. The JazzStore family was the first to use an optimized real-time implementation of the industry standard FAT32 file system providing record and playback at 100% of the speed of the RAID bandwidth.

"JazzStore SoC is the latest product resulting from the alliance between Tekmicro and QinetiQ. At the Bus and Board conference just a year ago we announced this alliance and have already introduced several significant product advancements that have resulted from our relationship. JazzStore SoC gives developers the ability to handle the complete data acquisition and recording on a single card. For military applications where size, weight and power are at a premium this is a powerful and cost effective solution."

JazzStore SoC is available as an integrated SoC solution on the following board level products:

Firmware used in the JazzStore SoC utilizes the unique Tekmicro real-time FAT32 file system which enables users to swap out a disk and simply mount it on a PC for review, analysis and playback if required. JazzStore SoC includes a QinetiQ developed FibreChannel core that takes advantage of the PowerPC 405 processors present within a Xilinx Virtex II Pro FPGA. Intelligent operations to trigger and record block sizes of 8 - 32K samples plus other typical data recording features of time stamping, separate or common event triggering, data channel synchronization, etc. have been implemented with a resolution greater than 1 sample clock period.

Xilinx Rocket IO on-chip high-speed serial interfaces connect the FPGA to a FibreChannel disk through a media transceiver. Recording speeds can be greater than a sustained rate of 64MB/sec via a FibreChannel port to a hard disk of 50 GB++. The user interface has a familiar web-based format that makes it easy to operate and learn or it can be embedded in a user's application.

JazzStore Architecture
The JazzStore architecture supports a wide range of both card-level and system-level solutions. A JazzStore solution can be as small as a single card using an integrated JazzStore SoC solution up to a complete high-end solution with up to 12 cards in a turnkey system. The JazzStore Architecture 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.

The JazzStore Architecture 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.

All JazzStore components, including enclosures and RAIDs, are available in commercial grade as well as ruggedized versions for harsh environments. The JazzStore SoC is available today as add-on option and is priced at $5,000. Final system price is dependent upon the base card configuration.

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 solutions for embedded real-time applications. Tekmicro's comprehensive product line includes advanced I/O 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 recording, data acquisition, instrumentation, and signal processing 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 net ik as in 'kinetic energy') is a leading international defense security and technology company that was formed in July 2001 from the UK Government's Defence Evaluation & Research Agency (DERA). Today, QinetiQ has over 11,500 employees, who deliver technology-based services and exploit QinetiQ's strengths in technology research by selling systems solutions, products and licenses to government and commercial customers in a spectrum of defense, security and other commercial markets. QinetiQ has also developed a significant overseas customer base and has established a US sales operation in Crystal City, near Washington DC to forge closer links with this potentially significant market.

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