Pentek expands rugged Talon recorder range

Adding to the Talon RTX 25xx series of rugged recorders, Pentek has introduced the Model RTX 2590.

The environmentally-sealed, conduction-cooled design is particularly suitable for harsh mechanical and thermal environments such as UAVs, aircraft pods and military vehicles.

The high performance, small form factor (SFF) recorder is designed for extreme operating environments. Optimised for SWaP (size, weight and power), the rugged sealed ½ ATR recorders are available with multiple input options and up to 30.7Tbyte of removable SSD storage. These SFF recorders provide real-time streaming data rates up to 4Gbytes per second for multi-channel, wide bandwidth RF signal recording.

The Model RTX 2590 provides eight phase-coherent 250MHz 16-bit A/D channels, for recording up to 100MHz of RF/IF signal bandwidth per channel with excellent dynamic range. It can sample RF/IF signals up to 700MHz and provides digital downconverters with output bandwidths selectable from 5kHz to 100MHz.

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 I/O connectors to control RF emissions while protecting the recorder’s electronics from humidity, water, dust, sand and salt fog.

The Talon RTX SFF chassis seals internal electronics from the outside environment by extracting heat through conduction to an air-cooled inner plenum. A thermostat-controlled, removable fan pulls air into the front of the chassis, through the plenum and 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.

The recorders are designed to operate from -40 to +60 degrees C.

Pentek’s QuickPac drive pack is easily removed from the recorder via a set of captive thumb screws on the front panel. An empty QuickPac drive pack can replace a full one for short down times and extended missions. A companion offload system for the QuickPac drive pack is available so the recorder can be redeployed while the recorded data is transported and reviewed via the offload system at a ground facility.

The QuickPac drive pack holds up to 30.7Tbyte of SSD data storage 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.

The Talon RTX 25xx series recorders with the Intel Core i7 7700K, 7th generation quad core 4.2GHz processor and 8Gbyte DDR4 DRAM, are expandable to 16 or 32Gbyte with enough processing power to act as the primary mission computer when needed.

Pentek’s SystemFlow software interface is integrated into every Talon recorder. The software includes the graphical user interface (GUI) 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 analyser, 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.

The Talon SFF recorders offer an optional GPS receiver for precise time and position stamping. Additional QuickPac drive packs with 3.8 to 30.7Tbyte are available.

Computer I/O on all models includes Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, RS-232 and HDMI.

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