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Pentek adds support for system developers

Posted: 01 Mar 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:pentek? system developer? rts2503? development platform? systemflow application program interface?

Pentek Inc. disclosed that it has boosted support for system developers with the introduction of its RTS2503 Development Platform and the SystemFlow Application Program Interface (API) and libraries.

"SystemFlow is a major new resource for developers of high-performance application systems," said Pentek VP Rodger Hosking. "Out-of-the-box functionality of the RTS platforms gives developers an ideal starting point for getting a system fired up and ready for application development. SystemFlow then allows them to quickly make the system their own. They can add an alternate user interface, real-time FPGA signal-processing algorithms and application-specific software," Hosking added.

The new additionthe Model 4990 SystemFlow API and libraries, afford developers a simple way of addressing new applications by customizing an already functioning "starter" RTS platform.

This SystemFlow software has a modular design that includes API libraries for the target board, as well as user-control libraries for the host PC. Windows dynamic link library (DLL) calls are written in Visual C++, and a graphical user interface (GUI) is provided as a front end PC host

system. Meanwhile, the PC host front-end communicates over Ethernet with the royalty-free eCos RTOS on the G4 PowerPC target board, which executes real-time application code.

API libraries for both host and target include full source code, allowing developers to easily modify both the platform front end and target code to meet their needs. The software package also includes a data viewer, written in LabView, that shows display plots of collected data in either time or frequency domain. Developers can also use the viewer to preview data before storage or to review stored data.

RTS2503 platform
The second member of the RTS Development Platform family, the RTS2503 Multi-Channel 215MHz Real-Time Data Acquisition, Signal Processing and Recording System Development Platform, implements a complete multi-channel wideband data recording system suitable for applications such as wireless communications or radar signal capture and analysis. With a 1GHz G4 PowerPC processor, two Virtex-II and two Virtex-II Pro FPGAs delivering 18M gates of programmable logic, and on-board 215MHz 12bit A/D converters, this system provides designers with the latest technology for signal capture and processing.

The system is scalable from one or two channels in just two VMEbus slots to 20 channels that fit within a single rack-mount chassis. Real-time streaming data flows through various high-speed interfaces including Fiber Channel, Gigabit Ethernet, RACE++, FPDP and the new VXS serial

fabric. The on-board Fiber Channel interface links to disk arrays for real-time wideband data acquisition using a redundant array of inexpensive disks (RAID) or just a bunch of disks (JBOD) storage systems.

The company's GateFlow FPGA design resources fully support the on-board FPGAs of the RTS2503. Tools include the GateFlow FPGA Design Kit for adding user-defined FPGA algorithms; the GateFlow IP Core Library for high-performance Fast Fourier Transform (FFT), digital receivers and radar pulse compression algorithms; and GateFlow Factory Installed IP Cores so customers can take immediate advantage of FPGA technology with zero FPGA development effort.

The RTS2503 Development Platform starts at $24,500 for hardware only, while the Model 4990 SystemFlow package costs $2,500 with one-year support subscription. SystemFlow, ReadyFlow and GateFlow FPGA development tools are available separately.

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