New Portable & Rugged Intelligent Signal Scanning Recorder

Pentek has announced the addition of the RF Sentinel RTR 2623 to its range of Intelligent Signal Scanning portable and rugged recorders. The RTR 2623 combines and exploits the power of a Pentek Talon recording system with a fully integrated 6 GHz RF down converter. The Sentinel capability adds intelligent signal scanning with real-time signal monitoring and detection that is fully user configurable.

The Talon RTR 2623 is available in a compact portable package measuring only 16.0" W x 6.9" D x 13.0" H and weighing less than 30 pounds. This rugged recorder is ideal for mobile military, security and government intelligence (SIGINT, COMINT and ELINT) applications. The recorder performs well in harsh environmental conditions, even when subject to challenging levels of vibration.

A Pentek Model 78621 Cobalt transceiver module serves as the data acquisition engine of the Talon RTR 2623. Its 200 MHz 16-bit A/D converter provides 86 dB of spurious-free dynamic range and 74 dB of SNR. A digital downconverter (DDC) provides frequency zooming for signal bandwidths as low as a few kHz. The Model 78621 is coupled to a 6 GHz RF tuner front end with excellent dynamic range across its entire spectrum.

RF Sentinel users can scan the entire available spectrum or select a region of interest. Selectable-resolution bandwidth allows for the trading of sweep rate for a finer resolution and better dynamic range. RF energy in each band of the scan is detected and presented in a waterfall display. Any RF band can be selected for real-time monitoring or recording. The Sentinel hardware resources are controlled through Talons SystemFlow software package.

The RTR 2623 can reliably and intelligently capture massive amounts of signal data in real-time, all within a compact, rugged, and highly portable package. The deep storage capacity provides hours and hours of data capture and the intuitive user interface outclasses other types of equipment on the market.

Talon Sentinel 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 to control the system. Systems are fully supported with Pentek's SystemFlow software for system control and turn-key operation. SystemFlow software has been enhanced to include intelligent scanning and integrated control of the RF tuner and optional RF upconverter. The software provides a GUI with point-and-click configuration management and can store custom configurations for single-click setup. It also includes a virtual oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer and spectrogram to monitor signals before, during and after data collection.

Post processing and analysis software tools like Matlab can be installed directly on the RTR 2623 platform. Data files are recorded to the Windows native NTFS file system, which allows operators immediate access to recordings without the need for any file format conversion.

The Solid State Drive (SSD) array is available in 2 to 30 TB configurations and supports RAID levels 0, 5 and 6. Additional options include recordable GPS time and position stamping and 10GbE or 40GbE offload facilities. Click here to learn more abou this new product.

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