Computer/Embedded Technology


XMC module for signal processing

18 April 2018 Computer/Embedded Technology

Pentek introduced the newest member of the Jade family of high-performance data converter XMC modules based on the Xilinx Kintex Ultrascale FPGA.

The Model 71800 is a co-processor module with an XMC PCI Express Gen 3 interface and general purpose I/O using parallel LVDS and gigabit serial ports.

The Jade architecture embodies a streamlined approach to FPGA based boards, simplifying the design to reduce power and cost, while still providing some of the highest-performance FPGA resources available today. Designed to work with Pentek’s Navigator Design Suite of tools, the combination of Jade and Navigator offers users an efficient path to developing and deploying FPGA IP for data and signal processing.

The Model 71800 is pre-loaded with IP modules for DMA engines, a DDR4 memory controller, test signal and metadata generators, data packing and flow control to speed up the development process. The board is available with the Kintex UltraScale KU035, KU060 and KU115, supporting a range of processing power. The majority of the Kintex UltraScale FPGA resources are available for customer installed IP for processing and management of I/O.

“Designers who need to boost DSP processing for an existing system, or wish to develop their own new IP application, can take good advantage of the Model 71800,” said Bob Sgandurra, director of product management at Pentek. “Not only does it offer up to 5520 DSP slices for plenty of processing horsepower, it also provides well-defined connections to PCIe, DDR4 memory, LVDS I/O and gigabit serial links to support high-performance interfaces.”

As the central feature of the Jade architecture, the FPGA has access to all data and control paths, allowing direct access to all board resources. A large 5 GB bank of DDR4 SDRAM is available to the FPGA for custom applications. The x8 PCIe Gen 3 link can sustain 6,4 GBps data transfers to system memory. Eight additional gigabit serial lanes and 38 LVDS general purpose I/O pairs are available for specialised interfaces.

Pentek’s Navigator Design Suite consists of two components: Navigator FDK (FPGA Design Kit) for integrating custom IP into Pentek designs and Navigator BSP (Board Support Package) for creating host software applications.

The Navigator FDK includes the board’s entire FPGA design as a block diagram that can be edited in Xilinx’s Vivado tool suite. In addition to the block diagrams, all source code and complete IP core documentation is included. Developers can integrate their own IP along with the Pentek factory-installed functions or use the Navigator kit to completely replace the Pentek IP with their own. The Navigator FDK Library is AXI-4 compliant, providing a well defined interface for developing custom IP or integrating IP from other sources.

The Navigator BSP contains high-level libraries and drivers for Windows and Linux operating systems. Users can work efficiently using high-level API functions, or gain full access to the underlying libraries including source code.

The Model 71800 XMC module is designed to operate with a wide range of carrier boards in PCIe, 3U and 6U VPX, AMC, 3U and 6U CompactPCI and 3U Compact Serial form factors, with versions for both commercial and rugged environments.



Credit(s)



Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

FPGA development suite for Pentek recorders
30 June 2020, Rugged Interconnect Technologies , Programmable Logic
Pentek’s ArchiTek FPGA Development Suite is a new product for adding custom IP to select Pentek Talon recording systems. ArchiTek is a comprehensive development environment that enables engineers to add ...

Read more...
Backplanes for various computing architectures
30 June 2020, Vepac Electronics , Computer/Embedded Technology
Verotec designs, supplies and integrates bus-based products and systems. Its extensive standard range consists of open-architecture backplanes and extender boards for VME, VME64x, VXI, VPX, VXS, CompactPCI, ...

Read more...
PCIe Gen 4 switches
30 June 2020, Avnet South Africa , Computer/Embedded Technology
To support cloud, data centre and hyperscale computing that facilitates advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), Microchip Technology released to production its Switchtec ...

Read more...
Solid-state drive based on QLC technology
29 April 2020, Altron Arrow , Computer/Embedded Technology
Micron Technology announced new Micron 5210 ION enterprise SATA SSD capacity and features, solidifying its leadership in QLC (quad-level cell) technology volume production. The world’s first QLC solid-state ...

Read more...
Expansion boards for Cherry Blossom
29 May 2020, Altron Arrow , Computer/Embedded Technology
Altron Arrow’s locally developed Cherry Blossom development board has been put through its paces in various companies that are innovating through technology and user testimonials suggest that it has the ...

Read more...
Developer kit for AI edge devices
29 May 2020, Altron Arrow , Computer/Embedded Technology
The NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX developer kit includes a power-efficient, compact Jetson Xavier NX module for AI edge devices. It benefits from new cloud-native support and accelerates the NVIDIA software ...

Read more...
NXP streamlines development with Microsoft Azure RTOS
29 April 2020, EBV Electrolink , Computer/Embedded Technology
NXP Semiconductors expanded its partnership with Microsoft to bring Microsoft Azure RTOS, a comprehensive real-time operating system (RTOS), to a broader range of processing solutions from its EdgeVerse ...

Read more...
‘World’s smallest’ single-board computer
25 March 2020, Centurion Micro Electronics , Computer/Embedded Technology
AMD has been producing x86 type CPUs since the eighties. Over the years it has had numerous CPU families and in 2017 released its latest Zen Core family and branded the CPUs ‘Ryzen’. In 2020 AMD released ...

Read more...
‘World’s smallest’ single-board computer
29 April 2020, Centurion Micro Electronics , Computer/Embedded Technology
AMD has been producing x86 type CPUs since the eighties. Over the years it has had numerous CPU families and in 2017 released its latest Zen Core family and branded the CPUs ‘Ryzen’. In 2020 AMD released ...

Read more...
XMC board ideal for waveform generation
29 April 2020, Rugged Interconnect Technologies , Computer/Embedded Technology
Pentek announced its most recent addition to the Jade architecture family, the Jade Model 71871, a four-channel 1,25 GHz D/A converter XMC for RF and IF waveform generation. The Model 71871 combines ...

Read more...