Pentek : PCIe carrier board has on-board cooling -

Pentek : PCIe carrier board has on-board cooling

Pentek, Inc. has released the 7800 series of high-performance I/O boards built upon a versatile half-length x8 PCI Express (PCIe) 2.0 carrier board. The carrier board hosts a PMC/XMC module to fulfill a wide range of software radio, data acquisition and beamforming applications. Now designers can utilize PCI Express, FPGAs and high-speed interfaces in low-cost PCs as well as in blade servers.

“While there are many PCIe carrier boards in the market, we quickly discovered there were none built with high-performance applications in mind,” said Rodger Hosking, vice president, Pentek. “Data flow requirements, cooling considerations and power consumption needed to be addressed to fulfill the performance demands of our customers. The new 7800 carrier boards are complete system solutions that satisfy all of these needs,” he added.

Design Features:

* In addition to the x8 PCIe interface, the 7800 carrier features a number of high-speed gigabit serial connectors for inter-board communication. Using protocols such as Xilinx Aurora and Serial Rapid I/O, these interconnections support communication between multiple 7800 Series boards completely independent of the backplane. This provides a critical advantage for high-connectivity systems, like radar and beamforming applications, where significant data needs to be transferred across multiple boards.

* A built-in fan provides forced-air cooling, which can be invaluable in dissipating heat developed by high-speed A/Ds, D/As and FPGAs, without requiring an extra slot.

* A 4-pin standard disk drive power connector accepts power directly from the PC power supply to augment PCIe slot power. This supports modules with power consumption as high as 50 watts or greater.

“Pentek’s new 7800 Series PCI Express boards bring Xilinx high-performance FPGAs to the PC environment -significantly broadening the market,” said Tom Feist, Senior Marketing Director, ISE Design Suite, Xilinx. “In addition, Pentek provides flexible, custom FPGA development options with their GateFlow Design Kit enabling users to get their application design completed more quickly,” he added.

The PCI Express 2.0 Carrier Board

The new 7800 carrier includes an x8 PCIe 2.0 interface, capable of plugging into an x8 or x16 slot in a PC or a blade server. As a half-length board approximately 6.5 inches long, it fits virtually any PC.

Pentek’s Complement of 7800 X8 PCI Express Products

The first two digits of the model number, 78, designate the 7800 carrier board, and the second two digits identify the PMC or XMC module attached to it. At this time Pentek is introducing:

* 7841: Dual Multiband Transceiver with FPGA
* 7842: Multichannel Transceiver with Virtex-4 FPGAs
* 7850: Quad 200 MHz, 16-bit A/D with Virtex-5 FPGAs
* 7851: 256-Channel DDC with Four 200 MHz, 16-bit A/Ds
* 7852: 32-Channel DDC with Four 200 MHz, 16-bit A/Ds
* 7856: Dual 400 MHz A/Ds, 800 MHz D/As, and Virtex-5 FPGAs
* 7890: Multifrequency Clock Synthesizer

They are all fully-assembled and factory-tested PCIe assemblies, so customers can simply plug them into their systems.

In the months ahead, Pentek plans to expand the 7800 Series as new PMC/XMC modules are developed.


The family of 7800 products are sold as complete PCIe subsystems, with all the software and documentation necessary to support them. This includes the GateFlow FPGA design kits and ReadyFlow board support libraries. The 7800 product line supports Linux and Windows operating system environments.

For the latest pricing and availability information, please contact Mario Schiavone by phone at (201) 818-5900 ext. 229, or by email to .

Pentek, Inc. • One Park Way, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 07458 • Tel: 201-818-5900 • Fax: 201-818-5904 •

Note: The above text is the public part of the press release obtained from the manufacturer (with minor modifications). EETimes Europe cannot be held responsible for the claims and statements made by the manufacturer. The text is intended as a supplement to the new product presentations in EETimes Europe magazine.

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