Pentek Expands SPARK Development Systems to 6U VPX

*Immediately start application development on fully-tested system *Assembled and pre-configured for Pentek Cobalt and Onyx VPX boards *Rackmount 6U VPX workstation with Windows 7 Pro or Linux OS *ReadyFlow drivers and board support libraries installed

Penteks Model 8264 Development System
Penteks Model 8264 Development System

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ – Pentek, Inc., announced the launch of the newest member of the SPARK™ development systems, the Model 8264. The Model 8264 is a pre-configured 6U VPX system to speed application development for the expansive family of Pentek Cobalt® Virtex-6 and Onyx® Virtex-7 FPGA 6U VPX software radio and data acquisition I/O boards. The Model 8264 is delivered with customer selected Pentek hardware configured for either Windows 7 Professional or Linux operating systems along with ReadyFlow® BSP drivers and software examples, fully installed and tested. This pre-integrated system not only targets research and development in a lab environment, but also serves as a platform for deployed applications.

The Model 8264 extends the family of SPARK development systems that also includes the Model 8267 3U VPX and the Model 8266 PC development systems giving customers a choice that meets their needs. In all configurations, the hardware is pre-installed in the appropriate slots and fully configured with proper cabling, power and cooling strategies. The CPU board is configured with optimized BIOS and operating system settings. The customer simply needs to unpack the system, power up and start developing or run example applications right out-of-the-box.

“The Model 8264 SPARK development platform slashes development time by weeks, because the development team can start coding immediately,” stated Rodger Hosking, vice president of Pentek. “The value of a pre-configured system with pre-compiled example code is priceless at the early development stage, where the learning curve can be quite steep.”

Pentek teams up with customers to select from the extensive family of Cobalt and Onyx 6U VPX modules and then evaluates system requirements to configure the Model 8264 most appropriate for the final application. Engineering teams, big and small alike, can take advantage of Pentek expertise and SPARK to jumpstart a tight development schedule.

ReadyFlow Software

Pentek ReadyFlow drivers and board support libraries are preinstalled and tested. ReadyFlow includes example applications with full source code, a command line interface for immediate control over hardware without the need for compiling any code, and Pentek’s Signal Analyzer, a full-featured analysis tool that continuously displays live signals in both time and frequency domains.

System Implementation

Built on a professional 6U 9-slot, rackmount workstation, the Model 8264 is populated with a high-performance VPX single board computer with an Intel Core i7® processor and DDR3 SDRAM. All necessary analog and timing cables are installed and tested, providing SMA connectivity for all analog I/O lines. The Model 8264 can be configured with 64-bit Windows Professional or Linux operating systems. These features accelerate application code development and provide unhindered access to the high-bandwidth links connecting the Cobalt and Onyx analog and digital I/O modules.

Pricing 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 Price includes the VPX chassis with all power supplies and fans, CPU board with rear transition module, switch card, ReadyFlow board support libraries, cables, integration, testing and set up. Pentek provides free lifetime support for all of their products.

About Pentek

Pentek, an ISO 9001:2008 certified company, designs, manufactures and markets innovative COTS and rugged DSP boards and system recorders for commercial, government and military systems, including radar, communications, medical and industrial control applications. Pentek offers powerful VME, VPX, VXS, PMC, XMC, FMC, cPCI, PCI, PCIe and AMC boards for data acquisition, software radio and digital signal processing featuring Xilinx FPGAs. Pentek’s high-speed real-time recording systems are pre-configured and can be used in the lab or deployed in the field. Pentek equips all boards and recorder products with high-performance I/O including gigabit serial interfaces, powerful software development tools and offers strong DSP software support.