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PC dev system for Pentek PCIe boards

24 July 2013 Computer/Embedded Technology

The Model 8266 is a fully integrated PC development system for Pentek 786xx Cobalt and 787xx Onyx PCI Express (PCIe) software radio, data acquisition and I/O boards.

It was created to save engineers and system integrators the time and expense associated with building and testing a development system that ensures optimum performance of Pentek boards.

The system comes preconfigured with Pentek hardware, drivers and software examples installed and tested to allow development engineers to run example applications out of the box.

Pentek ReadyFlow drivers and board support libraries are preinstalled and tested with the 8266. ReadyFlow includes example applications with full source code, a command line interface for custom control over hardware, and Pentek’s signal analyser, a full-featured analysis tool that continuously displays live signals in both time and frequency domains.

Built on a professional 4U rack-mount workstation, the PC is equipped with the latest Intel processor, DDR3 SDRAM and a high-performance motherboard. These features accelerate application code development and provide unhindered access to the high-bandwidth data available with Cobalt and Onyx analog and digital interfaces.

The 8266 can be configured with 64-bit Windows or Linux operating systems. It uses a 19” 4U rack-mount chassis that is 21 inches deep. Enhanced forced-air ventilation assures adequate cooling for Pentek Cobalt and Onyx boards. The chassis is designed to draw cool air from the front and push warm air out the back. A 1000 W, 80+ Gold power supply guarantees more than enough power for additional boards.

The 8266 has a total of six PCIe slots, as shown in the table. Pentek installs a video card in addition to the I/O boards in the available slots. The remaining slots are available to the user.

Options are available for high-end multicore CPUs and extended memory support applications that require additional horsepower. All necessary analog I/O cables are installed and tested, providing SMA connectivity for all analog I/O lines.

The PC features a 3,6 GHz Intel Core i7 processor and 8 GB of SDRAM, and comes preloaded with 64-bit Windows 7 Professional or Linux operating systems.



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