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Embedding custom real-time processing in a multi-gigasample high-speed digitizer

Real-time data processing after analog-to-digital conversion at multi-gigasamples per second on digitized data can’t be performed on a host computer as the backplane is not fast enough to extract the samples at full speed. In addition, a modern multi-processor workstation can’t perform real-time operations at such rates. Hence, an FPGA with enough available resources for customization inside the acquisition module is the ideal solution to apply such real-time algorithms on the acquired data at full speed.

Reducing the amount of data produced, accelerating the algorithm’s execution, and improving the software application processing and analysis time are among the main reasons why a programmable device open for customization on the digitizer data path is required.

Furthermore, confidentiality is a sensitive topic, especially for aerospace and defense (A&D) applications and new wireless communication standards like 5G. An FPGA with modern encryption techniques is the ideal place to protect intellectual property (IP).

Engineers will come across a variety of alternative solutions if they wish to implement real-time data processing on a signal acquired with a high speed digitizer. Some of these solutions offer a basic approach providing strictly the minimum set of capabilities to customize the FPGA with limited or no support. Others have a more comprehensive approach providing everything that is required to quickly turn ideas into reality, including access to the full features and performance of the digitizer coupled with an extensive engineering service.

Hidden and upfront costs, time to market, guarantee of success, and continuous support are key elements in choosing between solutions.

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Expanded use of FPGA Development Kit for the full range of High-Speed Digitizers

Keysight newsroom announces today an updated version of the U5340A FPGA development kit. The new version allows for expanded deployment of on board IP signal processing across the full range of Keysight PCIe high-speed digitizers and the 12-bit AXIe 8-channel wideband digital receiver/digitizer.

FPGA development kit: User point of view

The development and deployment of application specific signal processing algorithm are complete R&D projects. The in-house engineering resources are often not sufficient to allow fully dedicated engineers working on highly demanding application requirements. Therefore, Agilent high-speed data acquisition team (HSADC) has partnered with research institutes such as for example the Microelectronics Institute of FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland. In this context, we have the opportunity today to introduce you to Mr. Dino Zardet, research fellow at this institute who we invited to talk about his work and relationship with Agilent HSADC. DISCOVER HIS INTERVIEW 

The FPGA development kit: from Mentor Graphics side

Brian Oliver up the mountains The FPGA development kit (FDK) launched back in June is the result of a long term relationship with Mentor Graphics. Today we have the chance to have Brian G. Oliver, Agilent Technologies Account Director to talk about the development of this partnership. As a reminder the FDK is now available. It allows Agilent digitizers customers to deploy their own signal processing IP on board of the Agilent high-speed ADC boards. 

High-speed ADC Made easy (HSADC): Before anything could you please briefly introduce yourself, what is your education and professional background, what are your hobbies?

Brian Oliver(BO): I am a Global Account Director for Mentor Graphics.  I live in Colorado.  I received my Chemistry and Business degrees from Saginaw Valley State University and my MBA from the University of Michigan. READ MORE 

We open our FPGA’s to IP signal processing algorithms

fpga dkA good news never comes alone. Our latest piece of hardware has come with a revolutionary option: a FPGA development kit powered by Mentor Graphics. Please find here the press release that has just been published:  

Agilent Technologies today introduced the U5340A FPGA development kit, powered by a custom Mentor Graphics design engine, for high-speed digitizers.

The U5340A enables customers to deploy advanced real-time signal processing into the FPGAs on board Agilent high-speed digitizers. The development kit leverages the full density and speed of the FPGA while ensuring the digitizer’s outstanding multi-gigasample-per-second performance.