The first product in the Quartz Architecture family has been introduced by Pentek. The Model 5950, an eight-channel A/D and D/A converter with 3U OpenVPX board based on the Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC FPGA. It has dual optical 100 GigE interfaces, a QuartzXM eXpress Module which enables migration to other form factors, Navigator Design Suite for IP development and is available in commercial and rugged designs. The low latency benefits of the Quartz architecture support DRFM (Digital RF Memory) and radar applications that were previously not possible with earlier generation products.
“The Quartz architecture takes our board designs to a new level," said Bob Sgandurra, Director of Product Management at Pentek. "The architecture is based on our RFSoC QuartzX eXpress Module containing the RFSoC FPGA and all needed support circuitry. By addressing some of the most demanding circuit and PCB design challenges in the module, Pentek, as well as our customers, can leverage the design and use the module on a carrier in a standard form factor like 3U VPX as well as custom carriers to match specific application requirements. Customers can develop their system software and IP on the 3U VPX product in the lab and then deploy the QuartzXM eXpress Module wherever it is needed.”
“The Zynq Ultrascale+ RFSoC FPGA from Xilinx is a very high density solution providing built in A/Ds, D/As and ARM processing power plus additional DSP slices within the FPGA to build custom IP. Compared to discrete component solutions, the RFSoC FPGA is 50% lower in cost and draws 40% less power,” said David Gamba, Xilinx Senior Director for the Aerospace and Defence Market. He added, “We are pleased that Pentek has developed board-level solutions that allow customers to take full advantage of the RFSoC technology. Their high-speed system connectivity, additional factory-installed IP for radar and communications, along with their unique QuartzXM eXpress Module design, all squarely target Mil-Aero market needs.”