Pentek has announced the launch of the newest member of its SPARK development system family, the Model 8264. The Model 8264 is a pre-configured 6U VPX system designed 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 development system is delivered with customer selected Pentek hardware configured for either Windows 7 Professional or Linux OSs along with ReadyFlow BSP drivers and software examples, fully installed and tested. The pre-integrated system not only targets research and development in a lab environment, but also serves as a platform for deployed applications.
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 optimised BIOS and OS settings.
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.
Built on a professional 6U nine-slot, rackmount workstation, the Model 8264 is populated with a high-performance VPX SBC with an Intel Core i7 processor and DDR3 SDRAM. All necessary analogue and timing cables are installed and tested, providing SMA connectivity for all analogue I/O lines. The development system can be configured with 64-bit Windows Professional or Linux OSs. These features accelerate application code development and provide unhindered access to the high-bandwidth links connecting the Cobalt and Onyx analogue and digital I/O modules.
“The Model 8264 SPARK development platform slashes development time by weeks, because the development team can start coding immediately,” commented Rodger Hosking, Vice President, 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.”
The Model 8264 is available now and priced from $17,495.