Latest Model RTX 2590 Recorder Can Sample Signals Up to 700 MHz

Press Release Summary:

The Pentek’s Model RTX 2590 Recorder is offered with multiple input options and can hold up to 30.7 TB of removable SSD storage. The device enables user to capture up to 100 MHz of RF/IF signal bandwidth per channel with its eight phase-coherent channels of 250 MHz 16-bit A/Ds. The recorder delivers streaming data rates of up to 4 GB/s for ultra-wide bandwidth. It can be operated in -40ºC to +60ºC temperature range and is suitable for applications such as UAV’s, aircraft pods, tight equipment bays and military vehicles.


Original Press Release:

Pentek Expands Talon Extreme Rugged 1/2 ATR Recorder Family

  • Eight phase-coherent channel RF/IF Recorder
  • Up to 4 GB/s real-time recording rates
  • Removable SSD QuickPac drive holds up to 30.7 TB
  • Environmentally-sealed, conduction-cooled design ideal for harsh mechanical and thermal environments such as UAV’s, aircraft pods and military vehicles

WASHINGTON, DC, AOC Internaional─November 27, 2018─ Pentek, Inc., today announced the most recent addition to the Talon RTX 25xx series, a new high-performance small form factor (SFF) recorder product line for extreme operating environments. Optimized for SWaP (size, weight and power), the rugged sealed ½ ATR recorders are available with multiple input options and can hold up to 30.7 TB of removable SSD storage. These SFF recorders provide real-time streaming data rates of up to 4 GB/s for ultra-wide bandwidth RF or high-speed recording.

The Model RTX 2590 provides eight phase-coherent channels of 250 MHz 16-bit A/Ds, allowing users the ability to capture up to 100 MHz of RF/IF signal bandwidth per channel with excellent dynamic range. It can sample RF/IF signals up to 700 MHz and provides digital downconverters with selectable decimation of 2 to 32,768.

"The high channel count accepts inputs from multiple antennas or other input signals from UAVs, aircraft pods or other rugged systems," said Chris Tojeira, Recording Systems director, Pentek. He added, “The phase coherency capability enables capturing low power signals buried in streams of high power signals “

Extremely Rugged, Sealed Design

Engineered to operate in the toughest environments with high levels of shock and vibration, the RTX recorder's chassis keeps all electronics sealed from the external environment. The ½ ATR chassis uses military standard circular connectors for I/O to control RF emissions while protecting the recorder’s electronics from humidity, water, dust, sand and salt fog.

The Talon RTX SFF chassis further seals the internal electronics from the outside environment by extracting heat through conduction to an inner plenum that is air cooled. A thermostat-controlled, removable fan pulls air into the front of the chassis, through the plenum and then out the back of the chassis. Only the fan is exposed to the outside environment, assuring all system electronics are protected in the sealed chassis. The inner plenum can be replaced to provide other cooling options, such as liquid or conduction cooling.

Designed to operate from -40ºC to +60ºC, these recorders can handle most thermal environments, making them ideal for UAV’s, aircraft pods, tight equipment bays, military vehicles and most outdoor environments.

High-Speed Data Storage and Security

Pentek’s QuickPac drive pack is easily removed from the recorder by loosening a set of captive thumb screws on the front panel. An empty QuickPac drive pack can replace a full one, minimizing mission down time. A companion offload system for the QuickPac drive pack is available so the recorder can remain in use while the recorded data is transported and reviewed via the offload system at a ground facility. The QuickPac drive pack holds up to 30.7 TB of solid-state data storage capacity and supports RAID levels 0, 5 or 6.

For secure applications, a separate operating system drive can be removed, allowing users to extract all non-volatile memory from the system in just a few seconds.

Mission Computer Capable

Talon RTX 25xx series recorders with Intel Core i7, 7700K, 7th Generation, Quad Core, 4.2 GHz processor and 8 GB DDR 4 DRAM, expandable to 16 or 32 GB have the processing power to act as the primary mission computer when needed. Utilizing the processing power adds slightly to the power budget, but delivers state-of-the-art processing for mission applications and control.

Ease of Operation

Pentek's SystemFlow® software interface is integrated into every Talon recorder. The software includes the graphical user interface (GUI) that is used to control the recorder with point-and-click configuration management, a client/server communication interface, NTFS file system support and an application programming interface (API) for custom user applications and control. Signal analysis tools include a virtual oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer, and spectrogram to monitor signals before, during and after data collection. The system can be controlled remotely via the Gigabit Ethernet interface available on one of the MIL-STD circular connectors.

Available Options and Simulation Package

The Talon SFF recorders offer an optional GPS receiver for precise time and position stamping. Additional QuickPac drive packs with 3.8 to 30.7 TB are available. Computer I/O on all models includes Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, RS-232 and HDMI.

Pentek's SystemFlow Simulator provides a "test drive" of the SystemFlow recording software installed on all Talon recording systems. The simulator allows users to operate the standard GUI and the SystemFlow API. A free trial package is available for download at: ttp://www.pentek.com/systemflow/systemflow.cfm#SystemFlowSimulator.

Pricing and Delivery

The Talon RTX 25xx SFF Series recorders start at $79,995 USD. Delivery is ten weeks ARO.

 

About Pentek

Pentek, an ISO 9001:2015 certified company, designs and manufactures innovative commercial and rugged DSP boards and real-time system recorders for commercial, government and military systems including radar, communications, SIGINT, defense, medical and industrial control applications. Pentek offers powerful VPX, FMC, FMC+, AMC, XMC, cPCI, and PCIe board solutions featuring high-performance Xilinx FPGAs. Pentek equips all boards and recorder products with high-performance I/O including gigabit serial interfaces, powerful software development tools and offers strong DSP software support.

Media Contact:

Barbara Stewart

Patterson & Associates

480-488-6909

barbara@patterson.com

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