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Portable RF/IF Signal Recorder captures 3.6 GS/sec.

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July 30, 2014 - Equipped with 3.6 GHz 12-bit ADC, Talon® RTR 2729A can stream contiguous data to disk in real-time at 4.8 GBps when coupled with PCIe Gen. 3 SATA III RAID controller. User-programmable DDC allows system to capture tunable IF signals with bandwidths up to 360 MHz continuously for over 4 hr. Supplied in 16.0 x 6.9 x 13.0 in. housing, recorder uses Pentek Virtex-7 based Onyx software radio board for data streaming and is available in 7.6 and 15.3 TB SSD configurations.

Pentek

1 Park Way, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 07458, USA

Original Press Release

Pentek Introduces Slimmed Down 3.6 GS/sec Rugged Portable RF/IF Signal Recorder

Press release date: July 29, 2014

Portable system for rugged environments such as ground vehicles, ships and aircraft
Ultra high sustained recording rates up to 4.8 GB/s
One or two channels of recording with up to 15.3 TB SSD storage to NTFS RAID
SystemFlow GUI control panel for fast, intuitive operation

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ -- Pentek, Inc., today announced a new recorder for the popular family of Talon® RF/IF signal recording and playback systems: the Model RTR 2729A rugged portable recorder, suitable for military and aerospace applications. Equipped with a 3.6 GHz 12-bit A/D converter, the RTR 2729A is capable of capturing an extremely wide band of signals in real time to disk. The user-programmable DDC (digital downconverter) allows the system to capture tunable IF signals with bandwidths up to 360 MHz continuously for over four hours. The RTR 2729A is the first portable recorder based on a new packaging scheme that boasts a smaller package, lighter weight and faster data rates.

The RTR 2729A uses a high-powered Pentek Virtex-7-based Onyx® software radio board with a PCIe Gen. 3 engine to provide data streaming for the high-speed A/D converter. Coupled with a high-performance PCIe Gen. 3 SATA III RAID controller, the RTR 2729A is capable of streaming contiguous data to disk in real time at rates up to 4.8 GB/sec, which is 2.4 times faster than the previous generation.

“Even though the RTR 2729A is 25% smaller than its predecessor, it delivers twice the storage capacity and more than double the recording speed. In addition, the DC power supply option makes it ideal for use in vehicles,” said Chris Tojeira, Recording Systems director for Pentek. “Getting an ultra-high performance recorder into the field right at the antenna has never been easier,” he added.

Ruggedized Construction
The RTR 2729A features a portable, lightweight housing measuring only 16.0” W x 6.9” D x 13.0” H, weighing just less than 30 pounds. This extremely rugged workstation is reinforced with shock absorbing rubber corners and an impact-resistant protective glass for its high resolution 17" LCD monitor.

The hot-swappable Solid State Drive (SSD) array is available in 7.6 TB and 15.3 TB configurations and supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, or 6. The SSDs are meticulously qualified by Pentek for optimum use in rugged and portable applications. The hot swappable solid-state drives exhibit high immunity to shock and vibration for full operation in ground vehicles, ships and aircraft.

Available I/O includes audio and VGA video, six USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports and dual Gigabit Ethernet connections.

Ease of Operation
All Talon RTR Portable Recorders are built on a Windows 7 Professional workstation with an Intel Core i7 processor and provide both a GUI (graphical user interface) and API (Application Programmer’s Interface) to control the system. Systems are fully supported with Pentek’s SystemFlow® software for system control and turn-key operation. The software provides a GUI with point-and-click configuration management and can store custom configurations for single-click setup. The software also includes a virtual oscilloscope and signal analyzer to monitor signals before, during and after data collection.

Available Models, Evaluation Package and Pricing
Customers can select the recording I/O performance that best matches their recording system requirements. The Talon RTR Portable Recorders start at $74,995 USD. Delivery is 6-8 weeks ARO for all models.

SSD storage options include 7.6 TB and 15.3 TB capacities. New with the RTR 2729A is an 18 to 36 VDC power supply option for vehicle powered applications. Optional GPS time and position stamping captures critical signal information within each recording.

Pentek's SystemFlow Simulator software package simulates the SystemFlow recording software found on all Talon recording systems. The free trial package is available for download at:  http://pentek.com/systemflow/systemflow.cfm?HID2=HP#SystemFlow_Simulator.

About Pentek
Pentek develops, manufactures and markets innovative DSP systems and recorders to original equipment manufacturers, distributors and value-added resellers. Pentek offers powerful VME, VPX, VXS, PMC, XMC, FMC, cPCI, PCI, PCIe and AMC boards for data acquisition, software radio and digital signal processing featuring Xilinx FPGAs, Texas Instruments C6000 DSPs, and Freescale G4 PowerPCs. Pentek's I/O includes A/Ds, D/As, FPGAs, Serial FPDP, LVDS, RF converters and more. Pentek equips all products with high-performance I/O including gigabit serial interfaces and offers strong DSP software support.

Pentek, SystemFlow, Onyx and Talon are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pentek, Inc. Brand or product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective holders.

For access to the release and data sheets, please visit: http://www.pentek.com/whatsnew/viewrelease.cfm?index=193

North American Sales Contact:
Mario Schiavone
Pentek, Inc.
One Park Way
Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458-2311
Telephone 201-818-5900, ext. 770
Fax 201-818-5904
Email news@pentek.com
Website www.pentek.com

International Sales Contacts: Galleon Embedded Computing in Germany at (49) 89 5908 2101, LVD Systems in Italy at (39) 011 966 1319, RECAB AB in Sweden at (46) 8 6830300, Advanced Embedded Systems in the UK, Spain and Portugal at (44) 0 1202 885 675, Sela Electronic Systems in Israel at (972) 3 6479969, MISH International in Japan at (81) 42-538-7650, Nanjing Inspire Electronics Technology in China at (86) 151 6147 0785, Acetronix Co. Ltd. in Korea at (82) 24202343, ext. 106, Dynamic C4 Pte. Ltd. in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia at (65) 6405 4506. For a list of Pentek representatives and distributors, please visit http://www.pentek.com/contact/replist.pdf.

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