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New radio development platform from Pentek complies with SCA

Posted: 16 Nov 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:pentek? tool? radio? software communication architecture? sca?

Pentek Inc. released a development platform containing all hardware and tools required for software-defined radio development compliant with the Software Communication Architecture (SCA) mandated for all future U.S. military radios.

The SCA 2510 hardware platform consists of a Pentek 7640 software radio transceiver PCI card installed in a PC workstation. The computer is loaded with the Linux OS, development tools and the SCARI++ SCA core framework from Communications Research Centre (CRC) Canada. The PCI card comes pre-configured with drivers and libraries so developers can immediately begin their software-defined radio projects.

"Creating a reconfigurable radio that's adaptable to many radio standards, without the need to replace hardware, is what JTRS is all about," said Pentek VP Rodger Hosking. "The SCA2510 development system with fully-integrated SCA tools and core framework already in place helps JTRS hardware and software engineers reach that goal.

Inside the SCA 2510, the Model 7640 dual channel transceiver PCI board digitizes HF or IF input signals using a pair of 14-bit, 105MHz ADCs and generates output signals with two 16-bit, 500MHz DACs. The 7640 is also equipped with a Virtex-II Pro VP50 FPGA that serves as a control and status engine with data and programming interfaces to each of the many onboard resources, including a four-channel digital downconverter, a digital upconverter and a versatile clocking and synchronization system. The FPGA is supported with a total of 512MB DDR SDRAM for built-in buffering functions, including data capture and delay; and the 64-bit 66MHz PCI interface includes a high-performance nine-channel DMA controller to boost PCI bus transfer speeds.

The SCA 2510 software development environment is based on the SCARI++ SCA core framework, component development library and software defined radio development toolset. This toolset is integrated with Pentek's SCA-compatible board support package for a complete development solution ready for radio and waveform designers.

FPGA development tools

The company offers the GateFlow FPGA design kit, a package that includes design information, software files and utilities for extending the base functionality of the Virtex-II Pro FPGA on the Model 7640.

Price for the SCA 2510 development platform starts at $85,000 for all hardware and software tools for the first development seat. Discounts are available for additional seats. Product availability is approximately 12 weeks ARO.

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