Light-Weight & Portable RF/IF Signal Recorder for Frequencies up to 700 MHz

Pentek has introduced the RTR 2727A, a new member of its popular family of Talon RF/IF signal recording and playback systems. This rugged portable recorder targets applications needing to record and reproduce high-bandwidth signals. The RTR 2727A offers up to sixteen hot-swap solid state drives (SSDs) with a combined capacity to 30.7 TB sustain hours of continuous recording. The system features recording and playback of RF/IF signal frequencies up to 700 MHz with signal bandwidths up to 200 MHz. Available data converters include 500 MHz 12-bit A/Ds or 400 MHz 14-bit A/Ds and 800 MHz 16-bit D/As.

At the heart of the RTR 2727A are Pentek Cobalt Series Virtex-6 software radio boards featuring A/D and D/A converters, DDCs (digital downconverters), DUCs (digital upconverters), and complementary FPGA IP cores. Optional GPS time and position stamping allows the user to record this critical signal information.

The RTR 2727A offers nearly ten times the storage capacity of its predecessor in a 25% smaller package. Its SSDs are highly resistant to shock and vibration, and its optional DC power supply supports operation in environments for aircraft, ships, and vehicles. This portable instrument is ideal for IF/RF signal recording and playback in radar, communications and other high frequency applications. It is housed in a rugged, lightweight chassis measuring only 16.0" W x 6.9" D x 13.0" H and weighing less than 30 pounds. This extremely portable workstation features 100% aluminum alloy construction, reinforced with shock absorbing rubber corners and an impact-resistant protective glass for the high resolution 17" LCD monitor.

The hot-swappable SSD array is available in configurations from 1.9 TB to 30.7 TB and supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, or 6. The SSDs are meticulously qualified by Pentek for optimum use in rugged and portable applications. By using hot swappable solid-state drives, the recorders exhibit high immunity to shock and vibration for ground vehicles, ships and aircraft.

Available I/O includes VGA video, six USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports and dual Gigabit Ethernet connections.

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 Pentek's SystemFlow software for system control and turn-key operation. The software provides a GUI with point-and-click configuration management and storage of 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 RTR 2727A offers an optional GPS receiver that allows users to time stamp recordings as well as store GPS position information. Other options include an 18 to 36 VDC power supply and a removable operating system drive.

Pentek's SystemFlow Simulator software package, available for download for free, simulates the SystemFlow recording software, which is installed on all Talon recording systems. The simulator allows users to operate the standard GUI and the SystemFlow API.

Key Features:

  • Designed to operate under conditions of shock and vibration
  • Portable system measuring 16.0" W x 6.9" D x 13.0" H
  • Lightweight, just less than 30 pounds
  • Shock- and vibration-resistant SSDs perform well in vehicles, ships and aircraft
  • 500 MHz 12-bit A/Ds or 400 MHz 14-bit A/Ds
  • 800 MHz 16-bit D/A
  • 200 MHz recording and playback signal bandwidths
  • Recording and playback of IF signals up to 700 MHz
  • Real-time aggregate recording rates up to 4.0 GB/sec
  • Windows 7 Professional workstation with-high perform-ance Intel Core TM i7 processor
  • Up to 30.7 TB of SSD storage to NTFS RAID solid state disk array
  • SystemFlow GUI with Signal Viewer analysis tool
  • File headers include time stamping and recording parameters
  • Optional GPS time and position stamping
  • Optional 18 to 36 VDC power supply

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