Two-Channel Analog RF Tuner is suited for intelligence systems.

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Bandit® Model 7120 accepts, amplifies, filters, and downconverts 400 MHz to 4 GHz RF signals to IF signal suitable for A/D conversion by signal acquisition modules. Front panel SSMC connections on shielded PMC/XMC module aid integration into RF systems. Low noise amplifiers are provided along with 2 programmable attenuators, allowing downconversion of -60 to -20 dBm input signals in 0.5 dB steps. Input frequency is programmable across 400–4,000 MHz band with tuning resolution of <100 KHz.



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Pentek Introduces 2-Channel Analog RF Tuner for Communications, Radar and Signal Intelligence Systems



Wide RF signal tuning range from 400 MHz to 4 GHz

Amplifies RF input levels as low as -60 dBm

Output signal bandwidths to 390 MHz

Available in PMC/XMC, AMC, VPX, cPCI and PCIe formats



UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ–Pentek, Inc., today announced the newest member of its Bandit® family of RF modules. The Model 7120 2-channel analog RF tuner accepts RF signals over the range of 400 MHz to 4 GHz, amplifying, filtering and downconverting them to an IF signal suitable for A/D conversion by any of several Pentek signal acquisition modules. The Model 7120 is packaged in a shielded PMC/XMC module with front panel connections for easy integration into RF systems without the use of an external tuner.



“The 7120 is a powerful addition to the existing Bandit RF tuner product line. With wider RF input signal frequency coverage, wider IF output bandwidths, improved noise figure and higher channel density, Pentek offers customers a new solution to their system requirements at an affordable price,” said Paul Mesibov, chief technical officer, Pentek Inc.



Wide Programmable Input Level

The 7120 accepts RF signals on two front panel SSMC connectors. Low noise amplifiers are provided along with two programmable attenuators allowing downconversion of input signals ranging from -60 dBm to -20 dBm in steps of 0.5 dB. The Model 7120 input frequency is programmable across the 400 to 4000 MHz band with a tuning resolution of less than 100 KHz.



Input Filter Options

An optional five-stage lowpass or bandpass input filter can be specified with several available frequency and attenuation characteristics for RF image rejection and harmonic suppression.



On-board Reference Clock

The Model 7120 includes a programmable low noise LO frequency synthesizer. It accepts a 10 MHz reference from either a front panel reference input, or from or an on-board 10 MHz oven controlled crystal oscillator, which provides an exceptionally precise frequency standard with excellent phase noise characteristics.



Wideband Baseband or IF Output

Output is provided as baseband I and Q at bandwidths up to 390 MHz. Alternatively, either the I or Q output can be used as a real IF output signal. User provided output IF filters support custom output bandwidths for specific application requirements. Because of the gain, filtering and translation provided by the 7120, the output is well-matched to the A/D inputs of high-performance signal acquisition products from Pentek, including the popular Cobalt® and Onyx® families.



Easy Set Up and Connectivity

The Model 7120 is a shielded PMC/XMC form factor module designed to be integrated on a host carrier for power. The module features a MicroUSB port for programming the input tuning frequencies, gain and reference clock selection. Pentek’s ReadyFlow® board support package includes the necessary programming support for the Model 7120.



Form Factors

The Model 7120 PMC/XMC module is designed for air-cooled, conduction-cooled and rugged operating environments. It is available as a 3U/6U Compact PCI (Models 7220/7320/7420), 3U VPX (Model 5220), PCIe (Model 7820) and AMC (Model 5620).



Pricing and Availability

The Model 7120 starts at $4,995 USD. Oscillator and connector options for PMC or XMC are available. Delivery is 8 to 10 weeks ARO.



About Pentek

Pentek, an ISO 9001:2008 certified company, designs, manufactures and markets innovative COTS and rugged DSP boards and system recorders for commercial, government and military systems, including radar, communications, medical and industrial control applications. Pentek offers powerful VME, VPX, VXS, PMC, XMC, cPCI, PCIe and AMC boards for data acquisition, software radio and digital signal processing featuring Xilinx FPGAs. Pentek’s high-speed real-time recording systems are pre-configured and can be used in the lab or deployed in the field. 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.



Pentek, Bandit, Cobalt, Onyx and ReadyFlow 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=183



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.

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