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Rugged IF Signal Recorder for Extreme Environments
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The first of a new recorder family called Extreme Talon is an IF signal recording and playback system, suitable for military and aerospace applications, UAVs and other severe temperature, shock and vibration environments. The configurable, multi-channel Model RTX 2786 from Pentek features a compact, conduction-cooled half-ATR chassis with up to 1.92 Terabytes of solid-state redundant array of independent disks (RAID) storage for sustained recording rates to 500 Mbytes/second. Pentek’s SystemFlow software allows turn-key operation through a graphical user interface, while the SystemFlow API allows for easy integration of the recording software into custom applications.
Signal recordings are stored as files in the native Windows new technology file system (NTFS) format for immediate use by PCs and applications without the need for post-recording file conversion. “As complete recording systems, the Extreme Talon recorders are ideal for capturing a range of wideband analog signals for communications and radar systems,” said Rodger Hosking, vice president of Pentek. “The RTX 2786 extends the advanced recorder technology developed for our commercial Talon products to extreme operating environments.”
The RTX 2786 digitizes and records multiple analog input channels using 200 MHz 16-bit ADCs. The system can capture up to 80 MHz of instantaneous bandwidth for IF signals ranging up to 700 MHz. Built-in digital downconverters allow signals to be translated to baseband. These signals can be reproduced at their original IF frequency using the optional 800 MHz 16-bit DAC with built-in digital upconversion. The recording system supports sustained recording rates to 500 Mbytes/s from up to four data channels.
The built-in Windows 7 Professional workstation with an Intel Core i7 processor gives the user total flexibility in routing data to various drives, networks and I/O channels. Also, the user can install post-processing and analysis tools on the system itself to operate on the recorded data. The RTX 2786 is fully supported with Pentek’s SystemFlow software for system control and turn-key operation. The software provides a graphical user interface 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. The RTX 2786 starts at $89,995. Delivery is 12-16 weeks ARO.
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