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Talon Real-Time Recording Systems

Real-Time Recording System Environments

RTV Value Systems
RTS Commercial Systems
RTR Rugged Systems
RTX Extreme Systems

Pentek's Talon® high-speed real-time recording systems are designed to satisfy the requests of engineers and program managers looking for complete system solutions. And with Pentek's SystemFlow's® signal viewer and analysis tools, it couldn't be simpler. You can download the free SystemFlow® Simulator to your desktop or laptop PC.

The ArchiTek™ FPGA Development Suite allows FPGA design engineers to add custom IP to a number of Pentek's Talon recording systems. FPGA IP can be added to the recorder to provide real-time, on-the-fly digital signal processing during the data acquisition process, greatly reducing the time associated with post-processing recorded data. ArchiTek provides a simple development environment that allows engineers to add FPGA IP such as threshold detection, spectral filtering, digital downconversion, demodulation or any other digital signal processing technique required.

The Sentinel™ intelligent tracking and recording software includes a scan facility that allows the user to search for signals of interest throughout the entire user-specified spectrum. The Sentinel RF signal intelligence software is provided with control facilities available in the GUI and API.

Pentek's unique QuickPac® drive solution, included with the Talon RTX Extreme series, allows users to remove and replace large volumes of data storage with minimum down time.

The Talon Product Comparison Chart, RF/IF Signal Recorder Selector and Digital Signal Recorder Selector provide an excellent starting point to help narrow down the appropriate Talon Recording System for your application.

Talon recorders come with free lifetime email and phone support. Let our system engineers customize the perfect system for your specific needs, click here for our recording system questionnaire.

Recording System Environments

Environmental extremes in temperature, humidity, air pressure, mechanical shock and vibration are common in many military, space and industrial applications. Over the years, Pentek has worked closely with customers to develop a number of strategies for deploying our technology in a wide range of environmentally stressed conditions.

Talon Recording Systems Overview
Talon Product Overview


Pentek's recording systems are available with solid-state data storage that allows them to operate with no degradation under conditions of extreme shock and vibration. The Talon Recording Systems are fully tested to the most rigorous quality control measures and high standards. Please contact Pentek for rugged options at sales@pentek.com.

Talon RTV Value Systems

The RTV series is the value series of Talon recorders. These are the least expensive Talon recorders and are intended for laboratory use. They are limited in storage and streaming data rates to disk and have very few options available.

In addition to their low cost, they also have the advantage of shipping from stock, unlike the other series that typically have lead times from six to eight weeks. These recorders come in a rackmountable PC server chassis.

Talon RTV Value Recording Systems Value Systems   -   ( top ) Talon Recorder updates
Talon Recorder updates
Model
Description
Rackmount
Model 2602 Talon Serial FPDP Value Rackmount Recorder
Model 2601 Talon 200 MS/sec RF/IF Value Rackmount Recorder


Talon RTV Value Recording Systems Talon RTV Value Rackmount Recorders

Pentek's Talon® RTV recording and playback systems are designed for laboratory and benign environments. The RTV series recorders represents exceptional value for the price and is available for expedited delivery from stock. Optional GPS time and position stamping and IRIG-B time stamping are available.


"We often receive customer requests for quick delivery. The popular, well-equipped configuration we chose for the RTV series of Talon® Recorders allows us to ship directly from stock. And, our cost-sensitive customers really appreciate the price tag."

- Chris Tojeira, Recording Systems Director

RTV Rackmount Chassis Design

The Talon RTV rackmount chassis comes in a 4U 19-inch rackmount package that is 22.75-inch deep. Signal I/O is provided in the rear of the unit, while the front-panel removable data drives are available at the front. Air is pulled through the system from front to back allowing it to operate at ambient temperatures from 5 to 35 degree Celsius (°C).

The Talon Rackmount RTV chassis
The Talon Rackmount RTV chassis

System Architecture

Built on a Windows workstation, the Talon® RTV series recorders allows the user to install post-processing and analysis tools to operate on the recorded data. The recorder stores data in the native NTFS file system, providing immediate access to any installed Windows application. Alternately, the NTFS drive can be accessed remotely over the built-in gigabit Ethernet link from a remote Windows or Linux machine.

Recorded data can be off-loaded via the rear-panel gigabit Ethernet port, two front-panel USB 3.0 ports, two rear-panel USB 3.0 ports or four rear-panel USB 2.0 ports. A built-in DVD +/- R/RW drive allows the user to burn recorded data to disk. Front-panel removable drives can be easily removed and replaced with empty drives to provide additional data storage.

SystemFlow Software and API

The Talon® RTV series recorders includes the Pentek SystemFlow® recording software. SystemFlow features a Windows-based GUI (Graphical User Interface) that provides a simple means to configure and control the recorder. Custom configurations can be stored as profiles and later loaded when needed, so users can select preconfigured settings with a single click.

SystemFlow also includes signal viewing and analysis tools, for monitoring the signal prior to, during, and after a recording session. These tools include a virtual oscilloscope and a virtual spectrum analyzer.

In addition to the GUI, the RTV series recorders provides a C-callable API (Application Programming Interface), which allows the user to integrate the recorder control into any application. A simple set of commands that provide configuration and control come with source code and examples to allow for an exceptionally fast integration.

SystemFlow Recorder Interface

The Talon® RTV series recorders GUI provides the user with a control interface for the recording system. It includes Configuration, Record, Playback and Status screens, each with intuitive controls and indicators. The user can easily move between screens to set configuration parameters, control and monitor a recording, play back a recorded signal and monitor board temperature and voltage levels. The signal viewer, integrated into the recording GUI, allows the user to monitor real-time signals or signals recorded on disk.

SystemFlow Graphical User Interface
SystemFlow Graphical User Interface

SystemFlow Hardware Configuration Interface

The Talon® RTV series recorders configuration screens provide a simple and intuitive means for setting up the system parameters. The channel configuration screen shown here, provides entries for input source, center frequency, decimation, as well as gate and trigger information. All parameters contain limit-checking and integrated help to provide an easier-touse out-of-the-box experience.

SystemFlow Signal Viewer

The SystemFlow Signal Viewer includes a virtual oscilloscope and spectrum analyzer for signal monitoring in both the time and frequency domains. It is extremely useful for previewing live inputs prior to recording, and for monitoring signals as they are being recorded to help ensure successful recording sessions. The viewer can also be used to inspect and analyze the recorded files after the recording is complete.

Advanced signal analysis capabilities include automatic calculators for signal amplitude and frequency, second and third harmonic components, THD (total harmonic distortion) and SINAD (signal to noise and distortion). With time and frequency zoom, panning modes and dual, annotated cursors to mark and measure points of interest, the System-Flow Signal Viewer can often eliminate the need for a separate oscilloscope or spectrum analyzer in the field.

SystemFlow Signal Viewer
SystemFlow Signal Viewer




Talon RTS Commercial Systems

The RTS series is the commercial series of Talon recorders. These are intended for benign environments, have great flexibility in channel count and are capable of holding large volumes of data storage.

These systems use HDDs (hard disk drives) for data storage and are limited in their sustained data rate to disk. These recorders come in a rackmountable PC server chassis.

Talon RTS Commercial Recording Systems Commercial Systems   -   ( top ) Talon Recorder updates
Talon Recorder updates
Model
Description
Portable
Model 2623 Talon 6 GHz RF/IF Sentinel Intelligent Signal Scanning Portable Recorder
Model 2613 Talon 3 GHz RF/IF Sentinel Intelligent Signal Scanning Portable Recorder
Rackmount
Model 2718 LVDS Digital I/O Rackmount Recorder
Model 2716 Serial FPDP Rackmount Recorder
Model 2715 10 Gigabit Ethernet Rackmount Recorder
Model 2707 500 MS/sec RF/IF Rackmount Recorder
Model 2706 200 MS/sec RF/IF Rackmount Recorder
Model 2620 Talon 6 GHz RF/IF Sentinel Intelligent Signal Scanning Rackmount Recorder
Model 2580 Talon RTX Small Form Factor Offload System




Talon RTR Rugged Systems

The RTR series is the rugged series of Talon recorders. RTR recorders come in both a portable (briefcase style) and rackmountable PC server chassis form factor. Both use SSDs (solid state drives) to help the systems tolerate shock and vibration.

They also include enhanced cooling to allow them to operate in higher-temperature environments (up to 55 deg C.) The RTR series recorders provide the highest streaming data rates to disk of all of the Talon series.

Talon RTR Rugged Recording Systems Rugged Systems   -   ( top ) Talon Recorder updates
Talon Recorder updates
Model
Description
Portable
Model 2738 LVDS Digital I/O Rugged Portable Recorder
Model 2736A Serial FPDP Rugged Portable Recorder
Model 2736 Serial FPDP Rugged Portable Recorder
Model 2735A 1-, 10-, 40-Gigabit Ethernet Portable Recorder
Model 2735 1-, 10-, 40-Gigabit Ethernet Portable Recorder
Model 2729A Talon 3.6 GS/sec Ultra Wideband RF/IF Rugged Portable Recorder
Model 2728A 1 GS/sec RF/IF Rugged Portable Recorder
Model 2728 1 GS/sec RF/IF Rugged Portable Recorder
Model 2727A 500 MS/sec RF/IF Rugged Portable Recorder
Model 2727 500 MS/sec RF/IF Rugged Portable Recorder
Model 2726A 200 MS/sec RF/IF Rugged Portable Recorder
Model 2726 200 MS/sec RF/IF Rugged Portable Recorder
Model 2623 Talon 6 GHz RF/IF Sentinel Intelligent Signal Scanning Portable Recorder
Model 2613 Talon 3 GHz RF/IF Sentinel Intelligent Signal Scanning Portable Recorder
Rackmount
Model 2758 LVDS Digital I/O Rugged Rackmount Recorder
Model 2757 100 Gigabit Ethernet Rugged Rackmount Recorder
Model 2756 Serial FPDP Rugged Rackmount Recorder
Model 2755 1-, 10-, 40-Gigabit Ethernet Rugged Rackmount Recorder
Model 2750 250 MS/sec RF/IF Rugged Rackmount Recorder
Model 2749 3.6 GS/sec Ultra Wideband RF/IF Rugged Rackmount Recorder
Model 2748 1 GS/sec RF/IF Rugged Rackmount Recorder
Model 2747 500 MS/sec RF/IF Rugged Rackmount Recorder
Model 2746 200 MS/sec RF/IF Rugged Rackmount Recorder
Model 2745 3.0 GS/sec Ultra Wideband RF/IF Rugged Rackmount Recorder
Model 2742 Ultra Wideband RF/IF Rugged Rackmount Recorder
Model 2654 Talon 26.5 GHz Sentinel Intelligent Signal Scanning Rackmount Recorder
SFF
Model 2558 LVDS Digital I/O Rugged SFF Recorder
Model 2556 Serial FPDP Rugged SFF Recorder
Model 2555 1-, 10-, 40-Gigabit Ethernet Rugged SFF Recorder
Model 2549 3.6 GS/sec Ultra Wideband RF/IF SFF Recorder
Model 2548 1 GS/sec RF/IF Rugged SFF Recorder
Model 2547 500 MS/sec RF/IF Rugged SFF Recorder
Model 2546 200 MS/sec RF/IF Rugged SFF Recorder





Talon RTX Extreme Systems

The RTX series is the extreme rugged series of Talon recorders. Designed to operate in the toughest environments, the recorder chassis can handle high levels of shock and vibration as well as high altitude use. The sealed chassis protects the recorder's electronics from humidity, water, dust, sand and salt fog. The RTX systems are designed to operate in most thermal environments, making them ideal for UAVs, aircraft pods, tight equipment bays, military vehicles and most outdoor environments.

Talon RTX Extreme Recording Systems Extreme Systems   -   ( top ) Talon Recorder updates
Talon Recorder updates
Model
Description
SFF
Model 2684 Talon 26 GHz Sentinel Intelligent Signal Scanning RTX Extreme Recorder
Model 2596 Serial FPDP Extreme 1/2 ATR Recorder
Model 2590 8-Channel 250 MS/sec RF/IF Extreme 1/2 ATR Recorder
Model 2589 3.6 GS/sec Ultra Wideband RF/IF Extreme 1/2 ATR Recorder
Model 2586 200 MS/sec RF/IF Extreme 1/2 ATR Recorder


Development Tactics and Techniques for Small Form Factor RF Signal Recorders

Development Tactics and Techniques for Small Form Factor RF Signal Recorders white paper describes engineering considerations and design techniques used to develop small form factor rugged recorders that can handle extremely high data rates associated with very wide bandwidth RF signal recording.

It is intended to provide engineers with ideas on how to bring this capability into confined and often extreme environments while focusing on military specification compliance, SWaP and ease of use with confidence.



QuickPac Drive Packs QuickPac Drive Packs

The Pentek QuickPac® drive packs add a valuable convenience to the recorder by providing the ability to quickly remove all data storage from the recorder via the front panel. QuickPac drive packs can be easily removed from the recorder by loosening a set of captive thumb screws. A separate operating system drive can be removed as well, allowing users to extract all non-volatile memory from the system in just a few seconds.

QuickPac drive packs include a high insertion cycle connector to provide an extremely durable data storage drive for Talon recorders. Spare QuickPac drive packs can replace full ones in seconds to minimize mission downtime. QuickPac drive packs filled with mission data can be taken to the lab where data can be retrieved, post-processed and archived with a Talon data offload system.

Talon recording systems supporting QuickPac Drive Packs

Model
Description
SFF
Model 2684 Talon 26 GHz Sentinel Intelligent Signal Scanning RTX Extreme Recorder
Model 2596 Serial FPDP Extreme 1/2 ATR Recorder
Model 2590 8-Channel 250 MS/sec RF/IF Extreme 1/2 ATR Recorder
Model 2589 3.6 GS/sec Ultra Wideband RF/IF Extreme 1/2 ATR Recorder
Model 2586 200 MS/sec RF/IF Extreme 1/2 ATR Recorder

Talon SFF recorder with installed QuickPac drive pack
Talon SFF recorder showing QuickPac Drive Pack partially withdrawn
Pentek's QuickPac drive pack for Talon SFF recorders
Pentek's QuickPac drive pack for Talon SFF recorders


Talon Data Offload System

The Talon RTX SFF recorder's QuickPac drive pack can be quickly removed from the recorder's front panel by loosening six thumb screws and then inserted in the slot on the Talon Data Offload System front panel. Data stored on the removable Talon QuickPac drive pack can be accessed and offloaded for analysis, allowing the Talon recorder to remain deployed in the field.

Talon data offload system
The Talon Data Offload System




Talon Solutions Chart

Compare Talon products by selecting from the ones below. Comparison categories include Storage Drive Type, Max. Storage Capacity, Drive Removal, Dimensions, Weight, Max. Record Rate, Operating Temp, Operating Altitude, Vibration, Shock, EMI/EMC, Sand and Dust.


 Compare 
   
 Compare 
   
RTV Value RTV Value:
Inexpensive, Quick Delivery
RTS Commercial Rackmount RTS Commercial:
Commerical, HDDs
RTR Rugged Portable RTR Rugged Portable:
Handheld, Rugged, SSDs
RTR Rugged Rackmount RTR Rugged Rackmount:
Rugged, SSDs
RTR Rugged Small Form Factor RTR Rugged SFF:
⅓ Rackmount, Rugged, SSDs
RTX Extreme Rackmount RTX Extreme Rackmount:
Extreme Environments,
QuickPac Drives
RTX Extreme One Half ATR RTX Extreme SFF:
½ ATR, MIL Environments,
QuickPac Drives, SWaP
 

     

Talon Recorder
Chassis Type
RTV
Value
RTS
Commercial
RTR Rugged
Portable
RTR Rugged
Rackmount
RTR Rugged
SFF
RTX Extreme
Rackmount
RTX Extreme
SFF
Storage Drive Type HDDs HDDs SSDs SSDs SSDs SSDs SSDs
Max. Storage
Capacity
4 TB

256 TB

122.88 TB 245 TB

61.44 TB

245 TB

61.44 TB

Drive Removability Individual (no trays) Individual (with trays) Individual (with trays) Individual (with trays) Individual (with trays) Talon QuickPacs® Talon QuickPacs®
Chassis Type Rackmount Rackmount Portable Rackmount ⅓ Rackmount Rackmount ½ ATR
Dimensions (HxWxL) 7" x 19" x 22" 7" x 19" x 26" 13.4" x 16.9" x 9.5" 7" x 19" x 21" 5.25" x 8.5" x 14" 7" x 19" x 22" 7.7"x4.9"x14.1"
Weight 50 lbs 50 lbs and up 25 lbs 45 to 50 lbs 17 lbs 45 to 55 lbs 18 lbs
Max. Record Rate

400 MB/sec 1,600 MB/sec 4,000 MB/sec 8,000 MB/sec 4,000 MB/sec 8,000 MB/sec 4,000 MB/sec
Operating Temp. 10° to 35° C 5° to 45° C 0° to 50° C -10° to 55° C -10° to 45° C -20° to 55° C -40° to 55° C
Operating Altitude - 10,000 feet 10,000 feet 10,000 feet 10,000 feet 15,000 feet 60,000 feet
Vibration

- - 1.4 g
20-500 Hz
1.4 g
20-500 Hz
- MIL-STD-810
Method 514.5
MIL-STD-810
Method 514.5
Shock

- - 15 g 15 g - MIL-STD-810
Method 516.5
MIL-STD-810
Method 516.5
EMI/EMC



- - - - - MIL-STD-461 MIL-STD-461
Sand and Dust


-

-

-

-

-

MIL-STD-810 Method 510 MIL-STD-810 Method 510

Emissions Specifications Summary

CE101: Conducted Emissions, Power Leads, 30 Hz to 10 kHz
CE102: Conducted Emissions, Power Leads, 10 kHz to 10 MHz
CS101: Conducted Susceptibility, Power Leads, 30 Hz to 50 kHz
CS114: Conducted Susceptibility, Bulk Cable Injection, 10 kHz to 400 MHz
CS116: Conducted Susceptibility, Damped Sinusoidal Transients, Cable and Power Leads, 10 kHz to 100 MHz
RE101: Radiated Emissions, Magnetic Field, 30 Hz to 100 kHz
RE102: Radiated Emissions, Electric Field, 10 kHz to 18 GHz
RS101: Radiated Susceptibility, Magnetic Field, 30 Hz to 100 kHz
RS103: Radiated Susceptibility, Electric Field, 10 kHz to 40 GHz


Talon Recording System Selector

QuickPac Drive Packs QuickPac® is Pentek's drive packaging technology that is included in the RTX series of Talon Recording Systems. QuickPac drives are designed to allow users to remove and replace large volumes of data storage in a Talon Recorder with minimum down time.


SystemFlow Recording Software SystemFlow® is the user interface software that comes with every Talon Recording System. This software includes a graphical user interface for control of the recorder & signal analysis and a C-callable API that allows the integration of the recorder into a larger system or to design a custom user interface.


SystemFlow Simulator for Talon Recording Systems

Login or register to download and install the free SystemFlow® Simulator to your desktop or laptop PC. Pentek's SystemFlow Simulator software package simulates SystemFlow® recording software, which is installed on all Talon® recording systems.

The SystemFlow Simulator allows you to learn how to use the Talon recording system's SystemFlow software interface before you acquire a recorder. The Simulator can simulate the operating environment of all the different Talon recorder models.

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High-Speed, Real-Time Recording Systems Handbook
Written by Rodger Hosking, Vice President and Co-founder of Pentek

In today's world of high-speed A/D converters real-time signal recording has become a challenging task that requires specialized hardware and intelligent application software. When designing a real-time recorder capable of streaming sustained data to disk, the system developer has to consider the limitations presented by the recorder's operating and file systems, the limitations of disk drive technology, the hardware interfaces, and the RAID controller technology.

Fortunately for the application developer, serial fabrics have emerged to provide the high-speed interfaces required to move this data; disk drive and RAID HBAs (Host-Bus Adapters) have begun to exploit serial interfaces; finally, the emergence of SSD (Solid State Drive) technology provides a performance level previously unattainable in real-time recording systems.

High-Speed, Real-Time Recording Systems Handbook
Recorder
Handbook




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