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Pentek Introduces Cost-Effective Sentinel Intelligent Signal Scanning Recorder

  • Scan and search from 20 MHz to 3 GHz at 30 GHz/sec scan rate
  • Intelligent signal monitoring and detection for real-time recording
  • Automatically tune, detect and record signals of interest
  • Capture instantaneous RF signal bandwidths up to 40 MHz
  • Portable and rugged system for mobile applications

SAN DIEGO, CA, WInnComm 2017─November 15, 2017─Pentek, Inc., today announced an addition to its popular family of Talon®Sentinel™ signal recording systems, the RTR 2613, whichcombines Pentek’s intelligent signal scanning softwarewith real-time recording in a lightweight,portable and rugged package.The RTR 2613 allows SIGINT engineers toscan the 3 GHz spectrum for signals ofinterest and monitor or record instantaneous bandwidthsup to 40 MHz once a signal ofinterest is detected.

The RTR 2613 is housed in a rugged, lightweight chassis measuring only 16.0″ W x 6.9″ D x 13.0″ H and typically weighingless than 30 pounds. This briefcase-style, portable workstation features 100% aluminum alloy construction, reinforced with shock absorbing rubber corners, and an impact-resistant protective glass for the 17″, high resolution LCD monitor.The RTR 2613 recorder is a grab-and-go recorder suitable for test & measurement, mobile military, security and government intelligence (SIGINT, COMINT and ELINT) applications.

“By targeting spectral scans of 3 GHz, this new cost-effective recorder is priced at 20% less than other Sentinel family members,” said Rodger Hosking, vice-president of Pentek. “The rich feature set makes this an essential test and measurement tool for spectrum evaluation,” he added.

A Pentek Model 78621 Cobalt®software radio module serves as the data acquisition engine of the Talon RTR 2613. Its 200 MHz 16-bit A/D converter provides 86 dB of spurious-free dynamic range and 75 dB of SNR. A digital downconverter (DDC) provides frequency zooming for signal bandwidths from 40 MHz to as low as a few kHz. The Model 78621 is driven by a 3 GHz RF tuner front end with excellent dynamic range across its entire spectrum.

Sentinel Intelligent Signal Scanning
Pentek’s Sentinel recorders add intelligentsignal monitoring and detection capabilities to Talon real-time recording systems. Theintuitive GUI allows users to monitor theentire spectrum or select a region of interest,while a selectable resolution bandwidthallows the user to trade sweep rate for afiner resolution and better dynamic range.Scan settings can be saved as profiles for quick setup in the field.RF energy in each band of the scan is detected and presented in a waterfall display. Any RF band can be selected for monitoring andreal-time recording.

Ease of Operation
Talon/Sentinel recorders are built on Windows Server 2016 with an Intel Core i7 processor and provide both a GUI (graphical user interface) and API (Application Programming Interface) to control the system. Systems are fully supported with Pentek’s SystemFlow® software for system control and turn-key operation.SystemFlow software has been enhanced to include intelligent scanning and integrated control of the RF tuner and optional RF upconverter. The software provides a GUI with point-and-click configuration management and can store custom configurations for single-click setup.

Post processing and analysis software tools like MATLAB® can be installed directly on the Talon RTR 2613 platform. Data files are recorded to the Windows native NTFS file system, which allows operators immediate access to recordings without the need for any file format conversion.

Configuration Options and Pricing
The Solid-State Drive (SSD) array capacitiesbetween480 GBand61 TB are available, with support for RAID levels 0, 5 and 6. Additional options include recordable GPS time and position stamping and 10GbE or 40GbE offload facilities. For the latest pricing and availability information, please contact Mario Schiavone by phone at (201) 818-5900 ext.229, or by email at mario@pentek.com.  Delivery is 12-14 weeks ARO for all options.

About Pentek
Pentek, an ISO 9001:2015 certified company, designs and manufactures innovative COTS and rugged DSP boards and system recorders for commercial, government and military systems, including radar, communications, defense, medical and industrial control applications. Pentek offers powerful VPX, FMC, AMC, XMC, cPCI, and PCIe boards for data acquisition, software radio and digital signal processing featuring high-performance FPGAs. Pentek’s I/O includes A/Ds, D/As, RF downconverters and more. Pentek equips all products with high-performance I/O including gigabit serial interfaces and offers strong DSP software support. For more information about Pentek, Inc. please visit www.pentek.com.

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