Pentek Takes Leadership Role in Delivering Advanced COTS Solutions Targeting Military Applications

Top Quote Ruggedized VPX boards first to offer Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGAs for demanding anti-IED systems, airborne and signal intelligence applications. End Quote
  • San Jose, CA (1888PressRelease) November 02, 2010 - Again taking a leadership role, Pentek, Inc. today unveiled the first in a family of ruggedized boards for high-performance military and avionics applications utilizing the industry's most advanced FPGA technology. Pentek's 53xxx Cobalt board family incorporates Xilinx's Virtex-6 FPGAs for on-board signal processing, delivering digital sampling rates to 1 GHz in a compact 3U VPX form factor.

    By combining processing, data conversion, and preconfigured functions, the 53xxx family is suitable for such applications as UAV, CommINT (Communications Intelligence) transceivers, airborne communications recorders, airborne radar countermeasures, shipboard diversity transceivers and armored vehicle anti-IED systems.

    According to Rodger Hosking, vice-president of Pentek, "Our new product line represents the industry's highest performance and most comprehensive software radio VPX offerings now available. Further, they fully support the OpenVPX standard (VITA 65) for improved interoperability among vendors, plus the long term availability essential for military programs."

    VPX is a new, widely-adopted COTS standard that merges the latest connector and packaging offerings with the most advanced gigabit serial fabric technology to provide military systems with a solid migration path for existing VMEbus solutions. Pentek's 53xxx VPX modules support VPX REDI (VITA 48) and feature the ruggedized construction and extended temperature options essential for military installations. The products are available in both air-cooled and conduction-cooled formats.

    Price and Availability
    For the latest pricing and availability information, please contact Mario Schiavone by phone at (201) 818-5900 ext.229, or by email at mario ( @ ) pentek dot com dot

    About Pentek
    Pentek develops, manufactures and markets innovative DSP systems to original equipment manufacturers, distributors and value-added resellers. Pentek offers powerful VPX, VME, VXS, PMC, XMC, cPCI and PCIe boards for data acquisition, software radio and digital signal processing featuring Texas Instruments C6000 DSPs, Freescale processors and Xilinx FPGAs. Pentek's I/O includes A/Ds, D/As, FPGAs, digital up/downconverters and more. Pentek equips all products with high-performance I/O including gigabit serial interfaces and offers strong DSP software support.

    Pentek, GateFlow and Cobalt are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pentek, Inc. Brand or product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective holders.

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    Barbara Stewart
    Patterson & Associates

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