Product News: Mechanical Components & Assemblies
Rackmount Recorders operate in extreme environments.
Press Release Summary:
February 25, 2014 - Housed in 4U military-specified chassis constructed using heavy-duty wrought aluminum extrusions, Talon® RTX Series provides aggregate recording rates up to 5 GBps. QuickPac™ canister allows storage drives to be removed and replaced in field. Each canister holds 8 SSDs, providing 7.68 TB of storage. Up to 4 QuickPac canisters can be installed in chassis for over 30 TB of total storage. In addition to forced air cooling system, recorders include 600 W, 85–264 V, 47–400 Hz AC power supply.
Original Press Release
Pentek Introduces Talon Extreme Rackmount Recorders
Press release date: February 24, 2014
• Sustained recording rates up to 5 GB/s
• Designed to meet military specifications for shock, vibration, conducted and radiated RF emissions, sand and dust
• Floating inner chassis design
UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ – Pentek, Inc., today introduced a new line of extreme environment recorders: the Talon® RTX Rackmount series. These recorders are designed to provide a combination of high performance and large storage capacity in a military-specified rackmount chassis. Designed for field operation, the RTX Rackmount series provides up to 30 TB of solid state drive (SSD) storage with aggregate recording rates up to 5 GB/sec.
The RTX Rackmount series features a new chassis designed in collaboration with Nova Integration Solutions. “Nova was the ideal partner for designing a chassis that would meet all of our customer’s MIL-spec needs,” said Chris Tojeira, Recording Systems director of Pentek. He continued, “Through months of collaboration, we were able to create a unique product optimized for rugged environments.”
A major innovation for the RTX Rackmount systems is the QuickPac™ canister that allows operators to quickly remove and replace storage drives in the field. Each QuickPac canister holds eight SSDs, providing up to 7.68 TB of storage space. Up to four QuickPac canisters can be installed in a Talon RTX Rackmount chassis, providing over 30 TB of total storage. Secured by four thumbscrews, full QuickPac canisters can easily be swapped out in the field with very little down time. QuickPac canisters can be transported to the lab, via Pentek transport cases, for offload or analysis, using one of Pentek’s Talon offload or playback systems.
“Pentek has the pulse on the market and knows what engineers need when it comes to rugged MIL-spec systems and data recording,” said Mike Martyniak, VP of Marketing, Nova Integration Solutions. “We were pleased to satisfy their requirement and create an extremely dynamic chassis for high-volume data recording.”
The RTX Rackmount chassis uses heavy-duty wrought aluminum extrusions to provide superior torsional strength. Extrusions are partially overlapped for superior electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). The chassis is 4U in height, with a depth of only 22 inches. A fully-loaded chassis weighs as little as 45 pounds. A floating inner chassis isolates critical system components from high vibration and shock per MIL-STD-810.
Each RTX Rackmount Recorder includes a high-powered forced air-cooling system where cool air is pulled from the front of the system through the QuickPac canisters and forced out the back to ensure optimal cooling of critical system components. The fans are controlled via software to allow maximum air flow levels or quiet operation for lower cooling levels.
EMI filters are on the front and rear of the chassis to protect the surrounding environment from radiated emissions. A removable front panel filter protects the system against dust and sand.
Modular Power Supply and I/O Panels
The Talon RTX Rackmount Recorders include a 600 Watt, 85 to 264 V, 47 to 400 Hz AC power supply. The power supply has an inline EMI filter to protect against conducted emissions and is isolated from the other electronics in the system, via an isolated chassis compartment. The 400 Hz rating allows every RTX Rackmount Recorder to operate in aircraft and other environments where smaller, 400 Hz generators are used. For applications that require DC power, 24 V and 28 V DC power supplies are available to replace the AC power supply.
RTX Rackmount Recorders are designed with modular rear I/O panels, allowing systems to be custom tailored to the user’s I/O connector requirements. Options for signal I/O include standard SMA bulkhead connectors and military style 38999 connectors. Additional customization is easily supported by the modular architecture.
Ease of Operation
All Talon RTX Rackmount 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
Talon RTX 2766: 200 MS/s RF/IF Recorder
Talon RTX 2767: 400/500 MS/s RF/IF Recorder
Talon RTX 2768: 1 GS/s RF/IF Recorder
Talon RTX 2769: 3.2 GS/s RF/IF Recorder
Talon RTX 2775: 10 Gigabit Ethernet Recorder
Talon RTX 2776: SFPDP Recorder
Talon RTX 2778: LVDS Recorder
Pentek's SystemFlow Simulator software package, available for download for free, simulates the SystemFlow recording software, which is installed on all Talon recording systems. The free trial package is available for download here: http://pentek.com/systemflow/systemflow.cfm?HID2=HP#SystemFlow_Simulator.
Customers can select the recording I/O performance that best matches their recording system requirements. The Talon RTX Rackmount Recorders start at $55,000 USD. Delivery is 10-12 weeks ARO for all models.
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, Talon and QuickPac 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=186
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