The Pentek Model 7158 data converter is a high frequency PMC/XMC transceiver module. The 7158 data converter features dual, on-board Virtex-5 FPGAs. Using Pentek’s GateFlow FPGA Design Kit, engineers can develop and integrate custom IP to support a wide range of real-time applications. The 7158 module is ideal for high-speed, wideband applications including remote radar countermeasures, tracking, and UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) surveillance. The Model 7158 is a dual-channel, 12-bit 500 MHz data converter. The starting price for the Model 7158 is $11,500 USD. Delivery is 8 weeks ARO.
Pentek Model 7158 PMC/XMC Transceiver Module
- Complete software radio interface solution
- Two 500 MHz, 12-bit A/Ds
- Digital upconverter
- Two 800 MHz, 16-bit D/As
- Up to 1 GB of DDR2 SDRAM
- Two Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs
- Dual timing buses for independent A/D and D/A clock rates
- LVPECL clock/sync bus for multimodule synchronization
- VITA 42.0 XMC compatible with switched fabric interfaces
- 32 pairs of LVDS connections to the Virtex-5 FPGAs for custom I/O on P14
The dual FPGA architecture of the 7158 transceiver module offers excellent processing power and the necessary flexibility to extend the FPGA resources. Both on-board FPGAs are members of Xilinx’s Virtex-5 family. Designers can choose specific FPGA devices for each to fulfill particular requirements. Available FPGAs include LXT devices with generous logic resources and SXT devices with an abundance of DSP resources for signal processing.
The 7158 high-speed transceiver is ideal for both deployed and lab environments. Deployed environments include UAVs, ships, and aircraft. By coupling the high speed analog I/O data converters through powerful FPGA resources, the module can receive a signal, process it, and send it back out in real time. It delivers exceptional performance for radar countermeasure applications that require complex, but extremely low-latency, signal processing.
In such an application, the signal processing FPGA of the 7158 handles the real-time DSP algorithms while the second FPGA provides a status and control path to the PC or carrier board. Additionally, the FPGA can be a Xilinx FXT family device with a PowerPC processor, forming a complete, self-contained subsystem. Users can install an Ethernet stack so the module can communicate over gigabit Ethernet to external systems in the vehicle or craft.
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