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Real-Time Recording Systems Overview

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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.

Expedite Critical Wideband Signal Recorders in Defense Applications

Expedite Critical Wideband Signal Recorders in Defense Applications white paper describes engineering considerations and design techniques used to capture RF signals with precise timing over long sessions that is both a necessity and a challenge for successful development, testing and deployment in many defense applications including radar, software radio and SIGINT.

Many new applications produce complex wideband signals, ultrawide-bandwidth recorders, rich with design-optimizing features, can be used by engineers to characterize operation and to create new signal processing techniques that enhance system performance.

Talon Recording Systems

Talon Recording Systems are high speed recording systems capable of streaming data to disk in real time. Talon recorders include very large amounts of storage, allowing users to record for hours and even days contiguously.

Talon recorders include a variety of front ends that allow users to record RF/IF or digital signals. They are built in several different form factors, allowing for operation in a variety of environments.

All Talon recorders include multi-channel support. Talon RF/IF signal recorders provide multi-channel phase coherent signal acquisition. GPS information can be recorded along with the signals of interest.

Talon recorders include optional playback capabilities allowing users to retransmit the signals that have been recorded. This is especially useful in bringing real-world RF environments back to the laboratory for analysis.

Talon Recording Systems Overview
Talon Product Overview

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.

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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.

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
RTR Rugged
RTR Rugged
RTR Rugged
RTX Extreme
RTX Extreme
Max. Storage
4 TB

256 TB

122.88 TB245 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 RackmountRackmountPortableRackmount⅓ RackmountRackmount½ 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 lbs50 lbs and up25 lbs45 to 50 lbs17 lbs45 to 55 lbs18 lbs
Max. Record Rate

400 MB/sec1,600 MB/sec4,000 MB/sec8,000 MB/sec4,000 MB/sec8,000 MB/sec4,000 MB/sec
Operating Temp. 10° to 35° C5° to 45° C0° to 50° C-10° to 55° C-10° to 45° C-20° to 55° C-40° to 55° C
Operating Altitude -10,000 feet10,000 feet10,000 feet10,000 feet15,000 feet60,000 feet

--1.4 g
20-500 Hz
1.4 g
20-500 Hz
Method 514.5
Method 514.5

--15 g15 g-MIL-STD-810
Method 516.5
Method 516.5

Sand and Dust






MIL-STD-810 Method 510MIL-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

Recording System Questionnaire

Need assistance selecting the best high-speed recording system? Let our system engineers customize the perfect system for your specific needs. Complete Pentek's recording system questionnaire, by clicking here.

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