Pentek Adds Digital I/O Capability to Talon Rugged ½ ATR Recorder Family

August 2, 2019 Alix Paultre

Pentek added to the Talon RTX small form factor (SFF) series of high-speed, high-performance, rugged recording systems with the Model RTX 2596, capable of recording and playing back four Serial Front Panel Data Port (sFPDP) data streams. The Talon RTX 2596 is fully deployable, and can capture digitized sensor data from radar systems and RF downconverters that use the VITA 17.1 sFPDP protocol.

The recorder supports baud rates to 4.25 GBaud, with options for multi-mode or single-mode optical interfaces. The VITA 17.1 specification is fully implemented, providing standard sFPDP features such as Flow Control, Copy/Loop Mode and CRC error checking. The Talon RTX 2596 also provides playback capabilities, allowing users to operate the system as either a receiver or a transmitter.

The Talon RTX 2596 SFF recorder weighs just 18 pounds and is optimized for SWaP (size, weight and power), the rugged sealed ½ ATR recorder is available with up to 61 TB of removable SSD storage. 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.

Designed to operate from -40ºC to +60ºC, the device extracts heat via conduction to an air-cooled inner plenum. A thermostat-controlled, removable fan pulls air into the front of the chassis, through the plenum and then 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.

Pentek’s QuickPac drive pack is easily removed from the recorder via a set of captive thumb screws on the front panel. Fully sealed with environmental gasketing, 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 61 TB 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. Talon RTX SFF recorders with the Intel Core i7 7700K, 7th Generation Quad Core 4.2 GHz processor and 8 GB DDR4 DRAM, are expandable to 16 or 32 GB with enough processing power to act as the primary mission computer when needed, delivering state-of-the-art processing for mission applications and control, with minimal impact on the overall power budget of the system.

SystemFlow software is integrated into every Talon recorder, and includes a GUI used to control the recorder with point-and-click configuration management, using a client/server communication interface. An NTFS file system ensures immediate access to recorded files, and an application programming interface (API) supports custom user applications and control. The system can be controlled remotely via the Gigabit Ethernet interface available on one of the MIL-STD circular connectors. Signal analysis tools include a virtual oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer, and spectrogram to monitor signals before, during and after data collection.

Talon SFF recorders offer an optional GPS receiver for precise time and position stamping, and additional QuickPac drive packs with 3.8 to 61 TB are available. Computer I/O on all models includes Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, RS-232 and HDMI.

Learn more at www.pentek.com.

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