Arlington, VA – May 11, 2010 – At the IEEE Radar 2010 conference, TEK Microsystems, Incorporated, the leading supplier of VME and VXS-based signal acquisition, generation and FPGA-based processing products, has announced the latest member of our QuiXilica product family, the Proteus-V5. The new Proteus-V5 features two 10-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) channels, each operating at up to 5.0 GSPS (Gigasamples per second). Like all members of the QuiXilica-V5 VXS family, the Proteus-V5 is compatible with legacy VME systems as well as newer ANSI/VITA 41 VXS based systems and combines high density FPGA processing with the ultimate in ultra wide band ADC signal acquisition.
“The new Proteus-V5 expands Tekmicro’s QuiXilica-V5 product line and provides first-in-the-industry levels of signal acquisition resolution and bandwidth. The Proteus-V5 also features sample accurate trigger synchronization across multiple cards, enabling solutions for single and multi-channel applications that were previously impossible to realize using COTS products”, comments Andy Reddig, CEO / CTO of Tekmicro. “By combining the latest ADC technology with high density FPGA processing on a single card, Proteus-V5 enables ultra wide band acquisition and advanced signal processing without constraints due to bus, fabric or backplane bottlenecks.”
Proteus-V5 ADC Supports Ultra Wide Band Signal Acquisition
Proteus-V5 is based on the e2v EV10AQ190 ADC device, which contains four separate 10-bit 1.25 GSPS A/D converters. Each device can be configured to operate as four 1.25 GSPS converters in a non-interleaved mode, or as either 2 channels at 2.5 GSPS or 1 channel at 5 GSPS using the converters in an interleaved mode. In all modes, the converters provide 10-bit resolution and input bandwidth exceeding 3 GHz. This allows the ADC to be used as a 5 GSPS converter for 1st Nyquist applications or as a high density multichannel ADC for lower bandwidth applications using either 1st or 2nd Nyquist sampling.
High Density FPGA Processing
The Proteus-V5 contains two separate ADC devices, each with its own front end FPGA for signal processing. In the QuiXilica-V5 family, the front end FPGA is typically a Xilinx Virtex-5 SX95T-2 device. Future QuiXilica products later in 2010 will offer higher density Virtex-6 FPGA options including LX240T, SX315T and SX475T devices.
The two front end FPGAs are supplemented with a “backend” FPGA which can be used for additional processing or for backplane or front panel communications. In the QuiXilica-V5 family, the backend FPGA can be configured with a range of Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA options, from the standard LX110T-2 up to a LX330T, FX200T, or SX240T, depending on application requirements.
Memory, Network and Interconnect Resources
The Proteus-V5 includes six banks of DDR3 memory with total capacity of 6 GB and aggregate throughput of 38+ GB/s, supporting a wide range of signal processing algorithms with deep memory buffering of the entire signal acquisition stream. Each FPGA supports a Gigabit Ethernet interface for control plane purposes, along with a range of front panel and backplane I/O connections for high speed communications with other processing cards.
Ruggedization Support for Deployed Applications
The Proteus-V5 is available for a wide range of operating environments, including commercial grade, rugged air and conduction cooled, allowing the card to be used for both laboratory and deployed requirements in both VME and VXS systems.
Comprehensive Developers Kit Speeds Time To Market
The Proteus-V5 VXS is supported by a comprehensive Developer’s Kit that includes interface IP cores for all onboard resources along with Tekmicro’s QuiXtream network toolkit for rapid application development using network-enabled FPGAs. Reference designs are included, with source code, to support quick prototyping of user applications with minimal learning curve.
The Proteus-V5 VXS is available now with standard delivery 10-12 weeks ARO.
About TEK Microsystems, Incorporated.
Founded in 1981 and headquartered in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Tekmicro designs, manufactures and delivers a wide range of advanced high-performance boards and systems for embedded real-time signal acquisition, generation, processing, storage and recording. Tekmicro provides both commercial and rugged grade products which are used in real-time systems designed for a wide range of defense, intelligence and industrial applications such as C4ISR, signals intelligence, electronic warfare and radar. For additional information see www.tekmicro.com.