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Pentek Pipeline Newsletter- May 2019

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Accelerating 5G Product Development by Using a COTS-Based SDR System for the Development Platform

by Bob Muro, Application Specialist, Pentek

While real-time recording of a gigahertz or more of RF bandwidth is commonly available in 19″ rack-mountable systems, shrinking this capability into a form factor suitable for UAVs, aircraft pods, or other confined spaces has proven challenging for the industry.

This article is designed to familiarize a new user about Software Defined Radio in a multi-purpose COTS platform that can reduce the time-to-market of your 5G products.

Product Focus

LVDS Digital I/O with Kintex UltraScale FPGA – XMC

  • Supports Xilinx Kintex Ultrascale FPGAs
  • Front panel digital I/O can be used as a status and control or data interface
  • PCI Express (Gen. 1, 2 & 3) interface up to x8
  • VITA 42.0 XMC compatible with switched fabric interfaces
  • Optional LVDS and gigabit serial connections to the FPGA for custom I/O
  • Ruggedized and conduction-cooled versions available

8-Channel 250 MS/sec RF/IF Extreme 1/2 ATR Recorder

  • Supports Xilinx Kintex Ultrascale FPGAs
  • Supports the emerging SOSA(TM) Technical Standard
  • PCI Express (Gen. 1, 2 & 3) interface up to x8
  • VITA 42.0 XMC compatible with switched fabric interfaced
  • Optional front panel optical interface
  • Ruggedized and conduction-cooled versions available

8-Channel 250 MS/sec RF/IF Extreme 1/2 ATR Recorder

  • Rugged 1/2 ATR MIL-spec chassis
  • Designed to MIL-STD-810 for harsh mechanical and thermal environments
  • Environmentally sealed
  • Internally conduction-cooled
  • Designed to MIL-STD-461 for radiated and conducted RF
  • EMI power line filter
  • Compact and lightweight design – 22 lb (10kg)
Steve Moormann VMA manufacturers rep

STEVE MOORMANN

Field Engineer

Steve originally hails from Chicago and has maintained his strong Midwest values while enjoying the ‘good life’ in the great southwest.  Graduating from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, he started his career in sunny Tucson, AZ and has enjoyed over 30 years in Signal Conditioning and Data Acquisition Systems, in the Industrial Electronics industry.  His varied experience extends from being a Lab Manager to key roles in Technical Sales and International Sales Management. You will likely find Steve on the road visiting customers, friends and family, or watch for him cycling, skiing and exploring both near and far. 

Steve joined VMA in 2020 and is located in our Albuquerque New Mexico office. 

Brandi Fruge VMA VMA manufacturers rep

Brandi Fruge

Inside Sales Engineer

Office Phone: 720-822-4119
Email: [email protected]

Brandi grew up in Katy, Texas.  She graduated from Colorado School of Mines with her Mechanical Engineering Degree in 2015. She previously worked for Schlumberger as a field engineer on frac locations across Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and more. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, snowboarding, binge watching Netflix and spending time with her dog, Duke. Brandi is located in our Colorado office.

Tracy Grossman VMA Technical Engineer

TRACY GROSSMAN

Field Engineer

Tracy was raised in Arizona and served in the USAF as an Electronic Warfare Technician, completing an Electrical Engineering Technology Journeyman degree from Community College of the Air Force. After the Air Force he worked as a technician before getting his Bachelors in Computer Information Systems at the University of Phoenix. Tracy worked as a Computer Systems Engineering consultant before joining Orbital Sciences (now Northrop Grumman) in 2002, where he worked as an Electrical Engineer for 15 years designing and deploying systems to test and launch rockets. Tracy specialized in Telemetry Ground Systems for several years before becoming the Lead Electrical Engineer on the Antares Ground system design team. After Orbital, he worked as an Embedded Systems Sales Engineer, helping customers find the best solutions to solve complicated design requirements. Starting July 2019, Tracy is on Team VMA as a Field Engineer to continue building relationships and helping engineers find innovative solutions for high-reliability applications. Outside of the office he enjoys spending time with his wife and adult children and his hobbies include Trucks, Hiking, Camping, Hunting, Scuba diving, Motorcycling and church. Tracy is located in our Arizona office.

KEENAN GRIFFIN

Field Engineer

Keenan was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Graduated from the University of Denver with his Electrical Engineering Degree with a Specification in Mechatronic Systems. With the need to problem solve and the love to work with people, Keenan has worked in technical sales for the manufacturing, construction, and security industries. From going outside to hike, snowboard, golf, run, or grill to staying inside to cook, read, or simply relax by sitting down to watch a good movie, Keenan loves to spend as much time as possible with his friends and family. Keenan is located in our Colorado office.

CHRISTIE WHITEHEAD

Field Engineer

Christie Whitehead Is married and has raised 3 beautiful children, one girl and 2 boys. Her passions are children, education, technology and volunteering. She helped open a Charter school from the ground up in 2000 that is now a top 100 school in the nation year after year. Christie has her bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. She has been in many technology engineering positions and thrives on solving problems. She strives to always add value, have patience and care for others. She loves technology and complexity of the things people are designing. She loves to get into the lab, sharing experiences and knowledge that may help her customers.

Sierra Bishop VMA Staff

SIERRA BISHOP

Inside Sales

Office Phone: 303-730-7313
Email: [email protected]

Sierra has been with VMA for 4 years.  She previously worked in law enforcement/emergency dispatching for over 9 years.  She is currently going back to school get a bachelors degree in Art and Graphic Design.  She loves travelling and enjoys doing anything ‘artsy’, but especially loves watercolor and oil painting.  When she can she likes to catch a good live theater show. Sierra is located in our Colorado office.

Kristin Hall VMA Staff

KRISTIN HALL

Sales Administration

Kristin has been a part of the Vic Myers Associates team for five years now. Prior to her position as Inside Sales and Administration, she worked in the Construction Industry as a Project Manager. Needless to say, she has learned a lot here at VMA, and enjoys being a part of this company. In her free time, she values singing at church, card-making, and spending time with her husband and family. Kristin is located in our Colorado office.

Ron Garcia VMA Engineer

RON GARCIA

Inside Sales Engineer

Office Phone: 505-884-6878
Email: [email protected]

Ron has worn several hats at VMA over the past twenty years, including inside sales, IT guru, webmaster and application engineer. As a recent empty-nester, Ron and his wife are spending more time on the road, exploring the Southwest. He is an avid sci-fi enthusiast, enjoys playing guitar and listening to jazz. Ron is located in our New Mexico office.

Jim Barnett VMA Staff

JIM BARNETT

Inside Sales Engineer

Office Phone: 480-345-6449
Email: [email protected]

Jim was born in Michigan but has lived in Arizona longer than most natives. He graduated from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and holds certifications in Network Administration and Network Security. Jim originally joined Vic Myers Associates in 1991 and has held a variety of positions. Among his interests are hiking, travel, and most things vintage including cars, music, architecture, and artifacts. Jim is located in our Arizona office.

Mark Myers VMA Technical Engineer

MARK MYERS

Field Engineer, Legend

There a few experiences in my life which I consider invaluable. They include earning my Boy Scout Eagle rank with considerable help and inspiration from my father, serving in the United States Submarine Service during the Viet Nam war, earning a black belt in a mixed style martial arts (it took me 25 years), completing a masters degree (16  years),  becoming a lifelong learner, being engaged in my faith, and ending up with some really good friends.  Professionally, I love being a helper, an ally, a facilitator, a problem solver and someone who is passionate about wanting my friends, my customers and my colleagues to be successful.  Life can be hard, life can be unfair and life can be extraordinary, all at the same time. Mark is located in our Arizona office.

Carlton Davenport VMA Staff

CARLTON DAVENPORT

Managing Partner

Office Phone: 505-884-6878
Email: [email protected]

Carlton has traveled and lived all over the U.S. but chose Albuquerque as his home. Carlton and Nancy have raised 3 daughters, grown up and making their own lives now. He joined VMA in 1991 and is responsible for the day-to-day business side, supporting our sales efforts, doing whatever it takes.

Bob Bishop VMA staff

BOB BISHOP

Managing Partner

Bob was raised in Minnesota. Graduated from Minneapolis Technical College with an A&P license. He worked at Rosemount Inc. for a few years and moved to California where he met his wife and gained valuable experience having sold to the test ranges, military bases, and contractors. Bob has been in Colorado serving the same customers for over 30 years. He enjoys muscle cars, travelling, golf and singing in a community choir. Bob is located in our Colorado office.

Ryan Christian VMA Staff

RYAN CHRISTIAN

Managing Partner

Ryan was raised in Mesa, Arizona, attended Gilbert schools and graduated from ASU in 2006 with a Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies. He went on to complete his MBA at the University of Phoenix Campus in Mesa. Prior to VMA, Ryan worked 5 years as a consumer sales consultant and then 5 years as Analyst at Orbital Sciences, now Northrop Grumman.   Outside of the office, Ryan loves to spend time with his wife, 10yr old daughter and twin 5 year old boys. Ryan loves to get outdoors to hunt & fish as often as possible, serves frequently with kids and adults at church and enjoys quality BBQ time with his friends and family. Ryan is located in our Arizona office.

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