Rugged digital converter for electronic warfare (EW), SIGINT, radar, SATCOM, and 5G introduced by Pentek

Nov. 19, 2020
Optimized for low size, weight and power consumption (SWaP), the model 6350 measures 3.53 by 5.65 by 9.57 inches, and weighs eight pounds.

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J. – Pentek Inc. in Upper Saddle River, N.J., is introducing the model 6350 eight-channel A/D and D/A converter system for signals intelligence (SIGINT), communications intelligence (COMINT), military communications, electronic warfare (EW) countermeasures, radar transceivers, test and measurement, satellite communications (SATCOM), LiDAR, 5G, and LTE wireless applications.

An addition to the Quartz RFSoC Architecture family, the model 6350 comes in a rugged small-form-factor enclosure, and is based on the Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC FPGA.

Optimized for low size, weight and power consumption (SWaP), the model 6350 measures 3.53 by 5.65 by 9.57 inches, and weighs slightly less than eight pounds.

Intended for use in rugged environments, the model 6350 is designed to the IP67 specification (Ingress Protection Code, IEC standard 60529) for dust and water immersion. The internal 'I-beam' construction creates a chassis that is rugged and efficient for moving heat out of the box. It also be used with an optional fan plate for desktop development.

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The model 6350 is pre-loaded with a suite of Pentek IP modules to provide data capture, timing, interface, and processing solutions for many common applications. Modules include DMA engines, DDR4 memory controllers, test signal and metadata generators, data packing and flow control.

The board comes pre-installed with IP for triggered radar chirp generator, triggered radar range gate engine, wideband real-time transient capture, flexible multi-mode data acquisition and extended decimation.

The model 6350 digital converter supports eight 28-gigabyte-per-second full duplex optical lanes to a miniature rugged circular connector. With the built-in 100 Gigabit Ethernet UDP interface or installation of a user provided serial protocol, this optical interface enables a high-speed gigabit data streaming path between the model 6350 and data storage or processing subsystems.

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Pentek's Navigator Design Suite includes the Navigator FDK FPGA design kit for custom IP and Navigator BSP for creating host software applications.

The Navigator FDK includes the board's entire FPGA design as a block diagram that users can edit graphically in the Xilinx Vivado tool suite, with full source code and documentation.

For more information contact Pentek online at

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