The Talon RTR 2742 is designed to be a record and playback system for ultra-wideband analog RF/IF signals. The system uses two 12-bit, 6.4 GHz A/D converters to provide sustained recording of 2.4 GHz bandwidth signals at rates up to 6 GBytes per second. It is able be configured as a one- or two-channel system and it can record real samples or complex I+Q digitally down-converted samples.

The 16-bit, 6.4 GHz D/A converter allows the RTR 2742 to play back analog signal bandwidths up to 1.28 GHz. The device has integrated digital down- and up-converters to provide flexible bandwidth and tuning frequency selection for both recording and playback.

“Many communications and radar applications operate across ultra-wideband frequencies. Now we can satisfy the many customers who need to digitize and record these signals with bandwidths as high as 2.4 GHz,” noted Rodger Hosking, vice-president, Pentek. He added, “With the Talon RTR 2742, engineers can capture the whole spectrum in a single wideband channel, eliminating the need to break up the signal into smaller bands, covering adjacent slices of the spectrum.”

The RTR 2742 comes in an industrial grade 4U 19-inch rackmount chassis with hot-swappable data drives, front-panel USB ports and I/O connectors on the rear panel. The chassis is optimized for cooling and ruggedized for challenging environments.

The RTR 2742’s 12-bit 6.4 GHz A/D can be clocked at rates from 1.6 to 6 GHz in single-channel mode. Data can be truncated and packed as 8-bit samples, to support continuous recording up to the maximum sample rate. The D/A is capable of reproducing signals with up to 1.28 GHz of instantaneous bandwidth and includes a wide range of interpolations. The RTR 2742 provides up to 122 TB of front panel removable solid-state storage for hours of real-time, high-bandwidth signal recording.

The Talon recorder range uses the Microsoft Windows platform and features Pentek’s SystemFlow software, with GUI, Signal Viewer and API. Configurations can be easily stored and recalled for single-click setup. Signal Viewer acts as a virtual oscilloscope and spectrum analyzer to monitor signals before, during and after data collection. The C-callable API allows the device to be integrated into larger application systems. The data format used for storage follows the NTFS standard, allowing the device’s drives to be removed and read by standard Windows-based systems.

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Pentek provides a Talon Recording System Simulator for evaluation of the SystemFlow software package.

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