- June 15, 2010
June 15, 2010 Pentek announced the 71660 four-channel data acquisition module. The instrument targets applications requiring next-generation performance.High Performance Data AcquisitionModular MemoryFour independent memory banks provide the 71660 with a capacity of up 2 GB of DDR3 SDRAM for applications requiring deep memory, or up to 32 MB of QDRII+ SRAM for applications requiring fast random access. The memory can also be configured to offer two banks of each type, giving users the flexibility to accommodate complex applications. Built-in functions of the memory controller include multi-channel ADC data capture, data streaming, and tagging of data streams with metadata packets that include channel ID, sample count and time stamp information. Turnkey Functionality with User ConfigurabilityThe Virtex-6 FPGA on the 71660 provides customers with a combination of turnkey and custom functionality. Customers can select the specific FPGA device installed, ranging from the lower-cost LX130T to the high-performance SX475T with up to 2016 DSP slices. The board ships with the FPGA configured to provide synchronization, triggering, multiplexing and data acquisition features including a complete radar range gate engine. Users can immediately take full advantage of these advanced 71660 features with no additional FPGA programming. In even with the smallest member of the Virtex-6 family, these built-in functions occupy no more than 40% of the FPGAs resources, providing users with ample opportunity to add their own IP.The FPGA controls and implements data flow paths for all resources on the board, giving users full command of board operation when desired. Users can configure the FPGA using Penteks GateFlow Design Kit. The Cobalt version of GateFlow has been optimized for the Virtex-6 family and features increased modularity to help simplify development.Form Factor, Price and AvailabilityThe native form factor for the 71660 is an XMC module and is also offered in a conduction-cooled version. Other offerings include the 78660 PCI Express board, 53660 3U VPX board, 73660 3U cPCI and the 72660 6U Compact PCI board. Software support initially includes drivers for Windows and Linux platforms, with support for VxWorks to follow. The Model 71660 pricing starts at $9,995 USD depending on the memory and FPGA configuration. Delivery is 8-10 weeks ARO.