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Summer 2016 Vol. 25, No. 3 

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Free Technical Resources:

Putting VPX and OpenVPX to Work Handbook
Putting VPX and OpenVPX
to Work Handbook

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High-Speed, Real-Time Recording Systems Handbook
High-Speed, Real-Time
Recording Systems Handbook

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High-Speed Switched Serial Fabrics Improve System Design Handbook
High-Speed Switched Serial
Fabrics Improve System Design

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Software Defined Radio Handbook
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Putting FPGAs to Work for Software Radio Handbook
Putting FPGAs to Work for
Software Radio Handbook

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Critical Techniques for High Speed A/D Converters in Real-Time Systems Handbook
Critical Techniques for High
Speed A/D Converters in
Real-Time Systems Handbook

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Pentek Catalogs:

Analog and Digital I/O Catalog
Analog & Digital I/O Catalog
Clock and Sync Generators Catalog
Clock & Sync Generators Catalog
Radar and SDR I/O Catalog
Radar & SDR I/O Catalog
Software and FPGA Tools Catalog
Software & FPGA Tools Catalog
High-Speed Recording Systems
High-Speed Recording Systems
Onyx and Cobalt Catalog
Onyx & Cobalt Catalog
Pentek Product Catalog
Pentek Product Catalog

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Choosing the Right Mezzanine Module for Embedded Systems

by Rodger Hosking, Pentek, Inc.

Open architecture embedded systems for military/aerospace applications have always relied on mezzanine or daughter cards to provide flexibility and modularity because they are very effective in handling the large breadth of I/O functions required.

Mezzanine Module for Embedded Systems
FlexorSets: Model 3312 FMC on Model 5973 (VPX) & 7070 (PCIe) carriers

Thanks to widespread adoption of industry standards defining these mezzanine products, carrier boards are able to accept mezzanine boards from a wide range of vendors, each specializing in niche technologies and interfaces.

"Three popular mezzanine standards dominate the market: PMC, XMC, and FMC. These mezzanines support all popular industry architectures. Each mezzanine standard presents a unique set of advantages and disadvantages, which are discussed in this article."

Rodger Hosking, Pentek Vice President and Co-founder
Rodger Hosking, Pentek Vice President and Co-founder

Product Focus

New Software Radio Modules with Texas Instruments ADC32RF45 A/D Converter


  • Supports Xilinx Virtex-7 VXT FPGAs
  • GateXpress supports dynamic FPGA reconfiguration across PCIe
  • Two 3.0 GHz A/Ds
  • Two 2.8 GHz D/As
  • Two digital downconverters
  • Two digital upconverters
  • 4 GB of DDR3 SDRAM
  • Sample clock synchronization to an external system reference
  • VITA 57 FMC compatible
Model 3320
Model 3320

Flexor FMC family

Sentinel Intelligent Signal Scanning Recorders

  • Automatically tune, detect and record signals of interest
  • Scan and search from 2 MHz to 6 GHz at 30 GHz/sec scan rate
  • Capture instantaneous RF signal bandwidths up to 40 MHz
  • 3U to 6U 19-inch rackmount chassis with hot-swappable HDDs
  • Storage capacities to 192 TB
Sentinel RF Scanner

Pentek has recently added a new line to its popular family of Talon® signal recording and playback systems: the Sentinel™ Intelligent Signal Scanning rackmount recorder.

The first product in this series, Talon Model RTS 2620, is suitable for military, security, and government intelligence (SIGINT, COMINT and ELINT) applications. The Talon RTS 2620 is the first recorder to combine and exploit the power of a Pentek Talon recording system with a fully integrated signal scanner, RF tuner, and RF upconverter.

Radar Tutorial

This informative tutorial covers these topics and more:

  • Definition of radar and brief history of its development
  • Advanced radar processing
  • Types of radar
  • Radar bands and applications
  • Generating and acquiring radar pulses
  • Resolving range ambiguity
  • Radar technology is always evolving

To view this tutorial, click here or click the image above.

Topics covered include:

  • VPX
  • OpenVPX
  • Optical Resources
  • FPGA Resources
  • Products
  • Complementary Products
  • Applications
Putting VPX and OpenVPX to Work Handbook

This NEW technical reference for engineers is yours, FREE, when you click here to download.

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