Pentek’s Jade Architecture Digital I/O XMC

From Pentek comes the latest addition to the Jade family of data converter XMC modules.

Model 71810 is based on the Xilinx Kintex Ultrascale FPGA and features LVDS digital I/O to meet custom requirements. It routes 38 pairs of LVDS connections from the FPGA to an 80-pin connector on the front panel. When mounted on a compatible single board computer or other XMC carrier, Model 71810 provides a fully customisable I/O signal status and control interface.

The Jade Model 71810 is a fundamental FPGA engine with a choice of FPGA resources to meet needs from low cost to high performance,” said Robert Sgandurra, director of product management. “Pentek’s modular approach to product design lets us quickly tune our products to our customer’s needs.”

The Jade XMC line uses personality modules to enable customization of XMC front end functions to meet customer I/O needs.

This XMC module can be populated with a range of Kintex UltraScale FPGAs to match processing task requirements, spanning from the entry-level KU035 (with 1,700 DSP slices) to the high-performance KU115 (with 5,520 DSP slices).

KU115 suits demanding modulation/demodulation, encoding/decoding, encryption/decryption, and channelization of the signals between transmission and reception.

For applications not requiring large DSP resources or logic, a lower-cost FPGA can be installed.

The Model 71810 can be optionally configured with a P14 PMC connector with 24 pairs of LVDS connections to the FPGA for custom I/O to the carrier board or backplane. An additional option for a P16 XMC connector with an 8X gigabit link to the FPGA supports serial protocols.

Designed for air-cooled, conduction-cooled and rugged operating environments, the Model 71810 XMC module with 5 GB of DDR4 SDRAM starts at $8,495. Delivery is from eight to ten weeks ARO.

The Pentek Jade architecture is based on the Xilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGA, which the company says raises the digital signal processing performance by more than 50 per cent.

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