Microwave Journal

RFSoC SoM for SWaP Critical Environments

January 6, 2019

To meet the growing demand for deployable RF system on chip (RFSoC) FPGA solutions, Pentek introduced the QuartzXM™ Model 6001, a high performance system on module (SoM) based on the Xilinx Zynq®UltraScale+ RFSoC FPGA. Integrated in the Zynq FPGA fabric are eight integrated RF-class analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters with quad ARM Cortex-A53 and dual ARM Cortex-R5 processors. With these resources, along with 18 GB of SDRAM, LVDS connections for custom I/O and gigabit serial communications, both air and conduction-cooled versions and measuring only 2.5 in. x 4 in., the QuartzXM Model 6001 includes all of the circuitry to maximize the performance of the RFSoC in environments where SWaP are critical.

The QuartzXM 6001 is pre-loaded with a suite of Pentek IP modules that provide data capture and processing solutions for many common applications. Modules include direct memory access (DMA) engines, a DDR4 memory controller, test signal and metadata generators, data packing and flow control. IP for digital RF memory (DFRM), triggered waveform and radar chirp generation, triggered radar range gate engine, wideband real-time transient capture, flexible multi-mode data acquisition and extended decimation are pre-installed on the board.

The Model 6001 can be housed on the Pentek 3U VPX model 5950, or it can be deployed on a custom carrier. When deployed on the 5950, the QuartzXM can be used out-of-the-box with the built-in functions, requiring no FPGA development. When the QuartzXM is deployed on a custom carrier, developers will find the included IP cores a strong foundation for building custom applications. Pentek’s complete design kit shortens the development cycle for customers building their own carriers.

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