Pentek Introduces High-Speed Clock Generator for Cobalt Virtex-6 and Onyx Virtex-7 FPGA Board Families

*Provides sample clocks for up to four Pentek Cobalt or Onyx boards *Locks to user supplied 10 MHz reference clock or onboard reference *Integrated reference OCXO provides exceptional frequency accuracy

Pentek's High-Speed Clock Generator
Pentek's High-Speed Clock Generator

Pentek, Inc., today announced the Model 7194 high speed clock generator in a PMC/XMC form factor. The Model 7194 provides fixed frequency sample clocks to up to four Pentek analog-to-digital Cobalt® and Onyx® modules in multi-board systems. It enables synchronous sampling, playback and timing for a wide range of multichannel, high-speed data acquisition and software radio applications.

“We developed this product for system integrators looking for a space-effective and cost-efficient clock generator for our Cobalt and Onyx modules,” stated Rodger Hosking, vice president of Pentek. “Our extensive experience in guiding customers through sophisticated system designs led us to develop this module that eliminates the need for large and expensive frequency synthesizers.”

As a standard PMC/XMC form factor module, the Model 7194 uses PMC P14 or XMC P15 connectors solely for power and can be mounted in any PMC or XMC site. The optional PCIe style 6-pin power connector allows it to be powered without a PMC/XMC site and can be used in virtually any chassis or enclosure. Carriers adapt the Model 7194 for PCIe, AMC, CompactPCI, VME and VPX. The board requires no programming.

Delivering clock frequencies up to 2 GHz, the Model 7194 is an ideal companion clock generator to the following high-speed products and their commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) and rugged PCIe, AMC, Compact PCI, VME and VPX derivatives

Onyx Virtex-7 FPGA Models:

71740 (1-Channel 3.6 GHz or 2-Channel 1.8 GHz 12-bit A/D XMC module)

71741 (1-Channel 3.6 GHz or 2-Channel 1.8 GHz 12-bit A/D with DDC XMC module)

Cobalt Virtex-6 FPGA Models:

71640 (1-Channel 3.6 GHz or 2-Channel 1.8 GHz 12-bit A/D XMC module)

71641 (1-Channel 3.6 GHz or 2-Channel 1.8 GHz 12-bit A/D with DDC XMC module)

“Our engineers needed a compact, high-precision clock generator for a new wideband recorder we were deploying,” stated Chris Tojeira, director, Talon Recording Systems Group. “We easily integrated the Model 7194 module into our instrument and it fit the bill perfectly.”

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

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, 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.


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North American Sales Contact: Mario Schiavone, Pentek, Inc., One Park Way, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458-2311; Telephone 201-818-5900, ext. 770; Fax 201-818-5904; Email; Website

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