mobile | classic
Dataweek Electronics & Communications Technology Magazine





Follow us on:
Follow us on Facebook Share via Twitter Share via LinkedIn


Search...

Electronics Buyers' Guide

Electronics Manufacturing & Production Handbook 2019


 

Rugged Interconnect and Pentek further cement partnership
31 July 2019, News

In May this year, Rugged Interconnect Technologies hosted the co-founder and vice president of Pentek, Rodger Hosking, for a week-long visit to reinforce the two companies’ partnership in the South African market.

According to Rugged Interconnect Technologies’ owner, Bossie Coetzer, the experience was highly valuable in terms of networking and interacting with local electronics engineering companies and developers. As its name implies, the company focuses on providing rugged solutions for the commercial, industrial and military market segments, by offering single board computers, modules and server solutions, with support for high-end processors and FPGA functionality including high-speed interconnect capabilities.

To comprehensively cater for its customers’ requirements, Rugged Interconnect Technologies’ offering includes I/O boards and sub-systems, backplanes, power supplies, chassis, system integration and training. The company also boasts an open and welcoming policy of putting together demonstration systems for developers, to assist them with proofs-of-concept.

“The ability to offer Pentek’s market-leading solutions is a vital component in us being able to provide a complete one-stop experience to our customers,” Coetzer states. “Their design and engineering philosophy directly correlates with our own, making Pentek products a perfect fit for our business and for the South African market.”

The history and growth of Pentek

Hosking, a Master’s degree graduate from Columbia University in New York, co-founded Pentek in 1986 together with three colleagues of his at the time. “We are in a very fortunate and somewhat unusual situation where the founders all still get along really well, and those strong relationships have given us the foundation to continue to grow our business with a clear, coordinated vision,” he says.

“Today the company employs around 70 staff, with roughly 30 of those being engineers. We have always fostered a strong family culture and this shows in terms of our phenomenal record of staff retention, and has enabled us to consistently uphold our philosophy of always treating the customer right. We also offer free lifetime application support as opposed to simply selling support packages to our customers.”

Based on constantly evolving digital signal processing (DSP) and data converter technologies, Pentek’s board-level products enable solutions for wireless telecoms, radar, waveform generation, and especially military/defence applications where most of its market resides. Today the company provides over 700 high-performance COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) and rugged board and recording system solutions for the lab and deployment, in AMC, cPCI, FMC, PCIe, PMC, PMC+, XMC, VME, VPX, XMC and 1U rack-mount form factors.

“Fundamentally, Pentek’s focus is the same as it’s always been: to provide solutions that fit into our customers’ systems, and enable developers to fit the pieces of the puzzle together. We therefore endeavour to abstract the chip design aspect while keeping to compact form factors, and also give developers sophisticated software tools to enable maximum design flexibility,” Hosking explains.

Harnessing the power of RFSoC

Over the years, Xilinx FPGA hardware has provided the ideal platform for Pentek to create its specialised solutions, and Hosking says Xilinx’s release of the Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC architecture in 2017 was something of a game-changer. It enabled Pentek to introduce its new Quartz family, starting with the Model 5950, an eight-channel A/D and D/A converter, 3U OpenVPX board that opens up new opportunities in applications such as electronic warfare and countermeasures, phased-array antenna systems, 5G wireless infrastructre, waveform and radar chirp generators, and high-bandwidth data streaming.

While the Model 5950 follows the form factor of a standard 3U OpenVPX board, the unique modular design of Pentek’s Model 6001 QuartzXM eXpress Module provides the flexibility to deploy this solution in many different situations. The QuartzXM is a system-on-module containing all of the key components including the RFSoC FPGA, DDR4 SDRAM, and power and clock management.

The 5950 design places the RFSoC as the cornerstone of the architecture. All control and data paths are accessible by the RFSoC’s programmable logic and processing system. A full suite of Pentek developed IP and software functions utilise this architecture to provide data capture, timing and interface solutions for many of the most common application requirements.

Pentek helps streamline the process from development to deployed application by providing a full suite of built-in functions. These address the data flow and basic processing needed for some of the most common applications.

In closing

In describing the company’s core philosophy, Hosking says: “Pentek takes pride in listening to its customers and creating new products to meet their needs. We promise an atmosphere of freedom and creativity among our engineers, so they can design industry-leading products to satisfy the most demanding applications. This has been the key to our success through the years.”

For his part, Coetzer states that “it was a pleasure for Rugged Interconnect Technologies to host Rodger in South Africa. I enjoyed the opportunity to tap into his knowledge and experience first-hand, and having had him accompany me on visits to companies and developers across the country really put a stamp of our approval on both of our companies’ efforts in the local market. I look forward to welcoming him back in the future.”

For more information contact Rugged Interconnect Technologies, +27 21 975 8894, sales@ri-tech.co.za, www.ri-tech.co.za


Credit(s)
Supplied By: Rugged Interconnect Technologies
Tel: +27 21 975 8894
Fax: +27 21 975 6456
Email: sales@ri-tech.co.za
www: www.ri-tech.co.za
  Share on Facebook Share via Twitter Share via LinkedIn    

Further reading:

  • Wits University to feature at AI Expo Africa
    31 July 2019, News
    Wits University will be sending a high-level delegation to this year’s AI Expo Africa, where it will launch a major research initiative that is intended to bring about a step change in scientific research ...
  • Celebrating 15 years of Laser Stencil Technology
    31 July 2019, Laser Stencil Technology, News
    Since its inception in 2004, Laser Stencil Technology has grown into a prominent figure in the South African electronics manufacturing industry. Having been involved in circuit board manufacturing using ...
  • From the editor’s desk: Embedded computing drives change
    31 July 2019, Technews Publishing, News
    Mike Goodyer says it best in the title of his article on page 16: “The only constant is change.” While he meant that in relation to developments at Microtronix Manufacturing and within the local electronics ...
  • Electronics news digest
    31 July 2019, News
    South Africa The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has appointed Sipho Mbhokota as the new executive manager for CSIR Defence and Security. His career in the defence and security ...
  • SA security manufacturers going strong
    31 July 2019, News
    Dataweek spoke to two of the leaders in the local market about what they do, what they’ve been up to, and what their plans are for the future.
  • Embedded recorder for extreme environments
    26 June 2019, Rugged Interconnect Technologies, Computer/Embedded Technology
    Pentek announced the most recent addition to the Talon RTX 25xx series, a new high-performance, small form-factor (SFF) recorder product line for extreme operating environments. Optimised for SWaP (size, ...
  • CompactPCI Serial/Classic backplane bridge
    26 June 2019, Rugged Interconnect Technologies, Computer/Embedded Technology
    Available as companion boards, the PCX/SXP-JAM assembly from EKF is a bridging and expansion solution for CompactPCI Serial systems that need to integrate CompactPCI Classic cards. While the SXP-JAM ...
  • Clearing the Static: ESD testing and monitoring – Part 3
    31 July 2019, Altico Static Control Solutions, News
    Continuous monitoring and testing are key to effective static charge control. To ensure there are no loopholes in your ESD control programme, all ESD equipment, as well as personnel operating it, need ...
  • Demand for local products highlighted at LME expo
    31 July 2019, News
    The Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo (LME), held in Johannesburg in late May, managed to draw a respectable 3473 visitors in its first ever outing. “The Expo was the culmination of a vision that ...
  • Analog Devices explores use-cases for wearable devices
    31 July 2019, Altron Arrow, News
    In general, it is not just about exercising more or better nutritional intake – there is more interest in monitoring certain vital body parameters. This is the reason why companies in the smart watch ...
  • Company profile: BAMR
    31 July 2019, BAMR, News
    BAMR is a Cape Town-based company that supplies, repairs, services and calibrates instruments, especially in the coatings, corrosion, physical paint testing and allied industries. It has been the supplier ...
  • Embedded system for aerospace/defence
    31 July 2019, Rugged Interconnect Technologies, Computer/Embedded Technology
    Connect Tech has added a rugged embedded system to its Nvidia Jetson AGX Xavier line of products. The Jetson AGX Xavier is a powerful ‘AI’ computer that provides high-end GPU workstation performance ...

 
 
         
Contact:
Technews Publishing (Pty) Ltd
1st Floor, Stabilitas House
265 Kent Ave, Randburg, 2194
South Africa
Publications by Technews
Dataweek Electronics & Communications Technology
Electronics Buyers’ Guide (EBG)

Hi-Tech Security Solutions
Hi-Tech Security Business Directory

Motion Control in Southern Africa
Motion Control Buyers’ Guide (MCBG)

South African Instrumentation & Control
South African Instrumentation & Control Buyers’ Guide (IBG)
Other
Terms & conditions of use, including privacy policy
PAIA Manual





 

         
    Classic | Mobile

Copyright © Technews Publishing (Pty) Ltd. All rights reserved.