Small form factor RF/IF recorders optimised for SWaP

16th March 2018
Source: Pentek Inc
Posted By : Enaie Azambuja
Small form factor RF/IF recorders optimised for SWaP


Pentek, Inc., has announced the Talon RTR 254x series, a new high performance small form factor (SFF) recorder product line for analog RF/IF signals. Optimised for SWaP (size, weight and power), the Pentek Talon RTR SFF product line provides the performance and storage capacity previously only possible in much larger rack-mountable products.

Measuring 5.25" H x 8.5" W x 14" D and weighing only 17 pounds, this small package is capable of sustained real-time recording speeds up to 4 GB/sec and can hold up to 30.7 TB of removable SSD storage. Power consumption has been greatly reduced with most systems drawing less than 120W at full operation.

The Talon RTR 254x supports Pentek's extensive line of RF/IF I/O modules, providing multi-channel, wide-bandwidth RF recording with A/D sample rates ranging from 200 MS/sec to 3.6 GS/sec. An integrated high speed RAID controller is coupled with enterprise class SSDs for hours of real-time, wide bandwidth data capture.

Up to eight hot-swap SSDs deliver a total storage capacity up to 30.7 TB with support for RAID levels 0, 5 or 6. All eight SSD data drives and the single operating system SSD can be easily removed from front panel drive bays in seconds. Drives are mounted on sleds for easy transfer to an offload system so the recorder can remain installed while data is transported to the lab.

"The Talon RTR Small Form Factor product line dramatically reduces all SWaP variables without sacrificing performance," said Rodger Hosking, vice president of Pentek. "This opens up many new wide-band signal acquisition applications never before possible in tight spaces and small equipment bays."

Talon recorders are built on Windows OS with an Intel Core i7 processor and provide both a Windows-based GUI (graphical user interface) and API (Application Programmer's Interface) to control the system.

All Talon RTR 254x recorders include Pentek's SystemFlow recording software which includes signal viewing and analysis tools so the user can monitor input signals prior to, during and after a recording session.

These tools include a virtual oscilloscope, spectrum analyser and spectrogram displays. SystemFlow provides point-and-click configuration management and storage of custom configurations for single-click setup.

A user API allows custom recorder control interfaces to be easily built. Users can install post-processing and analysis tools to operate on the data that is saved to the native NTFS file system.

The Talon SFF recorders offer an optional GPS receiver for precise time and position stamping. An ATX power supply accepts 110V-240V AC, drawing under 150W and typically around 100W.

Models have options for a 6-30 VDC power supply and a removable operating system drive. Several options for RF/IF analog inputs are available. I/O on all models includes USB 2.0, 3.0 and 3.1 ports and dual Gigabit Ethernet connections.

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. The free trial package is available for download here:

Pentek's Talon Recording Systems are high-speed recording and playback systems capable of streaming data to disk in real time. They are available in portable, rackmount and small form factor configurations, allowing operation in a variety of environments. The Talon RTR SFF line starts at $42,495 USD. Delivery is 6-8 weeks ARO for all options.


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