Pentek, Inc., recently 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 portable 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 realtime 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. And, a DC power supply option makes it ideal for use in vehicles," said Chris Tojeira, Recording Systems Director, Pentek. "Getting an ultra-high performance recorder into the field right at the antenna has never been easier," he added.
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 Programmers Interface) to control the system. Systems are fully supported with Penteks 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.
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SOURCE: Pentek, Inc.