Virtex-7 FPGA Software defined radio modules introduced by Pentek

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J. Engineers at Pentek announced the first product from their new Virtex-7 line of FPGA modules called Onyx.

The new module -- Model 71760 -- is a 4-channel, 200 MHz XMC module targeted at software defined radio (SDR) and applications in military , communication, and unmanned aircraft system (UAS) programs.

The new Onyx devices have the same modular I/O interfaces as their Virtex-6 Cobalt line of products, while increasing memory, I/O performance, and logic. The 71760, for instance, is similar to the Pentek Cobalt 71660, but has twice the memory capacity and I/O bandwidth. Due to the compatibility of Cobalt and Onyx developers will be able to port software originally designed for Cobalt to corresponding Onyx modules.

Enhancements in the Onyx product line include a double the DDR3 memory in size and speed to 4 GB and 1600 MHz, respectively. The PCIe interface was upgraded to Gen 3, delivering speeds as fast as 8 GB/sec. The 71760 FPGA comes preconfigured with a suite of built-in functions for data capture, synchronization, tagging, and formatting. Onyx also has enhanced FPGA loading modes for easier live reconfiguration.

The Model 71760 XMC module with 4 GB of memory starts at $15,995 with versions in PCI Express, , and formats. About 12 more Onyx products will be released throughout the year, says Rodger Hosking, vice president of Pentek.

For more information visit Pentek online at www.pentek.com.

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