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FPGA-based XMC Family Comes with Navigator Design Suite Software Tools

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Pentek has announced the Jade family of XMC products based on the Xilinx flagship Kintex UltraScale FPGA. Compare with the previous generation of Pentek Cobalt and Onyx architectures, the Jade architecture improves the digital signal processing (DSP) performance by over 50 percent and reduce power by 18 percent. The FPGA can be populated to match the specific requirements of the processing task from the KU035 to KU115. The high-end KU115 which supports 5520 DSP48E2 slices can perform tasks of modulation/ demodulation, encoding/decoding, encryption/decryption, and channelization of the signals between transmission and reception. The KU035 provides a low-cost approach when large DSP resource or logic is not required. The FPGA has access to all data and control paths and be optimized for factory-installed functions (data multiplexing, channel selection, data packing, gating, triggering and memory control). The board supports a Gen. 3 x 8 PCIe interface, eight additional gigabit serial lanes and LVDS general purpose I/O for custom solutions. Optionally, a 5 Gbyte bank of DDR4 SDRAM memory can be installed for custom applications.

The Navigator Design Suite is a designer toolkit with a built-in API for software development and a graphical interface for IP design. The suite has two components. The Navigator FDK (FPGA Design Kit) is for integrating custom IP into Pentek sourced designs and the Navigator BSP (Board Support Package) for creating host applications. Based on the Xilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGA, the first Jade architecture family is the Model 71861, an air-cooled, XMC module with four 200 MHz A/D channels and programmable multiband DDCs (digital downconverters). It also supports PCIe, 3U & 6U VPX, AMC, and 3U & 6U cPCI form factors for both commercial and rugged environments.

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