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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.

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, Analog 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.

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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.

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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, Product Director Recording Systems

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 7 Professional 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.

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Model
Description
Portable
Model 2623 Talon 6 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




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.

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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 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
Rackmount
Model 2758 LVDS Digital I/O Rugged Rackmount Recorder
Model 2756 Serial FPDP Rugged Rackmount Recorder
Model 2755 10 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





Talon RTX Extreme Systems

The RTX series is the extreme rugged series of Talon recorders. RTX recorders are flight certified, capable of handling high levels of shock and vibration as well as high altitude use.

RTX series chassis use Pentek's QuickPac® drive packaging technology that provides the ability to quickly remove and replace data storage SSDs from the Talon recorder. This is especially useful during flight missions where aircraft time is expensive.

Talon RTX Extreme Recording Systems Extreme Systems   -   ( top ) Talon Recorder updates
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Model
Description
Rackmount
Model 2778 LVDS Digital I/O Extreme Rackmount Recorder
Model 2776 Serial FPDP Extreme Rackmount Recorder
Model 2775 10 Gigabit Ethernet Extreme Rackmount Recorder
Model 2769 3.6 GS/sec Ultra Wideband RF/IF Extreme Rackmount Recorder
Model 2768 1 GS/sec RF/IF Extreme Rackmount Recorder
Model 2767 500 MS/sec RF/IF Extreme Rackmount Recorder
Model 2766 200 MS/sec RF/IF Extreme Rackmount Recorder


Talon RTX Extreme Recording Systems Talon RTX Extreme Rackmount Recorders

Pentek's Talon RTX rackmount series recorders are designed to provide a combination of high performance and large storage capacity in a military-specified rackmount chassis. Designed for field operation, the RTX Rackmount series provides up to 30 TB of SSD storage with aggregate recording rates up to 5 GB/sec.

Talon RTX Extreme Rackmount Recorders

Military Specifications

All Talon RTX rackmount recorders are designed to meet military specifications for temperature, altitude, shock, vibration, radiated emissions, conducted emissions, ESD, sand and dust.

The following list contains these military specifications.

  • Vibration: MIL-STD-810F, method 514.5
  • Shock: MIL-STD-810F, method 516.5
  • EMI/EMC: MIL-STD-461E, CE101, CE102, CS101 CS114, RE101, RE102, RS101, RS103
  • ESD: MIL-STD-1686A
  • Sand & Dust: MIL-STD-810F, method 510

Chassis Design

All Talon RTX rackmount chassis are specially designed using heavy-duty wrought aluminum extrusions to provide superior torsional strength. Extrusions are partially overlapped for superior EMC. The chassis is 4U in height, with a depth of only 22". A fully-loaded chassis weighs as little as 45 lb.

The Talon Rackmount RTX chassis is designed to meet or exceed Mil Specs
The Talon Rackmount RTX chassis is designed to meet or exceed Mil Specs

Rear-panel I/O includes bulk-head mounted SMA connectors, a 4-pin 38999 power connector as well as motherboard I/O. Rear-panels are modular and customizable allowing the end-user to specify the desired connectors.

Talon Rackmount RTX chassis The rear panel includes all analog signal connections and can be customized to suit the application requirements
The rear panel includes all analog signal connections and can be customized to suit the application requirements

The Operating System drive can be internally hard-mounted or can be made removable. Additionally an internallymounted optical DVD writer is optional. All drives, OS, DVD and data drives are protected from dust with EMI filters.


QuickPac Drive Packs QuickPac Drive Packs

A major innovation for the Talon RTX rackmount systems is the QuickPac® Drive Pack that allows operators to quickly remove and replace storage drives in the field. Each QuickPac Drive Pack holds eight SSDs, providing up to 7.68 TB of storage space. Up to four QuickPac Drive Packs can be installed in a Talon RTX Rackmount chassis, providing over 30 TB of total storage.

Front and rear view of the QuickPac Drive Pack showing the eight SSDs inside
Front view of the QuickPac Drive Pack
  Front and rear view of the QuickPac Drive Pack showing the eight SSDs inside
Back view of the QuickPac Drive Pack

Secured by four thumbscrews, full QuickPac Drive Packs can easily be swapped out in the field with very little down time. QuickPac Drive Packs can be transported to the lab, via Pentek transport cases, for offload or analysis, using one of Pentek's Talon offload or playback systems.

Chassis View showing one QuickPac Drive Pack partially withdrawn
Chassis View showing one QuickPac Drive Pack partially withdrawn

Data stored on the removable Talon QuickPac drive canister can be accessed in a Talon data offload system for analysis, allowing the Talon recorder to remain deployed in the field.

Talon RTX rackmount systems supporting QuickPac Drive Packs

Model
Description
Model 2778 LVDS Digital I/O Extreme Rackmount Recorder
Model 2776 Serial FPDP Extreme Rackmount Recorder
Model 2775 10 Gigabit Ethernet Extreme Rackmount Recorder
Model 2769 3.6 GS/sec Ultra Wideband RF/IF Extreme Rackmount Recorder
Model 2768 1 GS/sec RF/IF Extreme Rackmount Recorder
Model 2767 500 MS/sec RF/IF Extreme Rackmount Recorder
Model 2766 200 MS/sec RF/IF Extreme Rackmount Recorder

Talon Data Offload System

Talon Data Offload System
Talon Data Offload System

Data stored on the removable Talon QuickPac drive canister can be accessed in a Talon data offload system for analysis, allowing the Talon recorder to remain deployed in the field.

The Talon data offload system has a lockable door on the front of the unit that covers the cavity in which the QuickPac drive canister is inserted. The Talon data offload system connects to a PC via a cable on the back of the unit.

Floating Inner Chassis

In order to withstand conditions of high vibration and shock, the Talon RTX rackmount chassis is designed to isolate all critical system components by placing them on a floating inner chassis.

The inner chassis floats with respect to the outer enclosure to improve isolation from shock and vibration
The inner chassis floats with respect to the outer enclosure to improve isolation from shock and vibration

This inner chassis is suspended using multiaxis mounts that attenuate externallytransmitted shock and vibration energy. This allows the system to perform flawlessly in aircraft, ships, ground vehicles, UAVs or any other areas of high shock or vibration.

Cooling and Filtering

Every Talon RTX rackmount recorder includes a highpowered forced air-cooling system, to allow the proper transfer of heat from hot system components out the back of the chassis. Cool air is pulled from the front of the system through the QuickPac Drive Packs and forced over the hottest system components to ensure optimal cooling.

High-powered fans can be controlled via system software to allow the system to run quietly with lower cooling levels or at maximum air flow levels. This can be adjusted to match the user’s application.

Every RTX recorder includes filtering necessary to protect the system as well as the surrounding operating environment. EMI filters are placed on the front and rear of the chassis, to protect the surrounding environment from radiated emissions. A removable front panel filter protects the system against dust and sand.

Modular Power Supply

Every Talon RTX rackmount recorder includes a 600 Watt, 85 – 264 V, 47– 400 Hz AC power supply. The power supply has an inline EMI filter to protect against conducted emissions and is isolated from the other electronics in the system, via an isolated chassis compartment. The 400 Hz rating allows every RTX rackmount recorder to operate in aircraft and other environments where smaller, 400 Hz generators are used. For applications that require DC power, 24 V and 28 V DC power supplies are available to replace the AC power supply.

Talon RTX Extreme Rackmount System Specifications Summary

Parameter Condition Specification
Temperature Operating
Non-operating
–20° C to +55° C
–40° C to +70° C
Altitude Operating
Non-operating
0 to 15,000 ft
0 to 40,000 ft
Humidity Operating 0–95%, non-condensing
Fungus Operating No fungus nutrient material shall be used
Shock Operating MIL-STD-810F, Method 516.5, Procedure I (functional shock), 20 g half sine, 12 msec in each axis
Vibration Operating MIL-STD-810F, Method 514.5, Procedure I
Airborne Noise Operating 60 dBA max at 1 meter from the equipment
Structure-borne Noise Operating Maximum structure-borne noise per MILSTD-704-2 is no greater than 60 dB one-third octave La, (Type III)
Blowing Dust Operating The unit shall resume specified performance after exposed to settling-dust conditions defined in MIL-STD-810F, Method 510, Procedure II - See Note 1
Inclination Angles Operating The unit shall maintain specified performance when subjected to:
  • A static pitch angle of ±5°
  • A list angle of 15°
  • A roll angle of 45°

  Note 1: Standard maintenance includes cleaning of the dust filter(s) as required.





Talon Solutions Chart

Talon Recorder
Chassis Type
RTV Value
Rackmount
RTS Commercial
Rackmount
RTR Rugged
Portable
RTR Rugged
Rackmount
RTX Extreme
Rackmount
Storage Drive Type HDDs HDDs SSDs SSDs SSDs
Max. Storage
Capacity
4 TB 100+ TB 7.68 TB
15.36 TB (A-Series)
38.4 TB 30.72 TB
Drive Removal Individual (no trays) Individual (with trays) Individual Individual (with trays) QuickPac® Drives
Dimensions (HxWxL) 7" x 19" x 22" 7/10.5" x 19" x 26" 13.4" x 16.9" x 9.5" 7" x 19" x 21/26" 7" x 19" x 22"
Weight 45 to 55 lbs 60 to 85 lbs 30 to 35 lbs 45 to 85 lbs 45 to 70 lbs
Max. Record Rate 400 MB/sec 1600 MB/sec 4000 MB/sec (A-Series) 8000 MB/sec 8000 MB/sec
Operating Temp. 10° to 35° C 5° to 45° C 0° to 50° C -10° to 55° C -20° to 55° C
Operating Altitude - 10,000 feet 10,000 feet 10,000 feet 15,000 feet
Vibration

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

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



- - - - MIL-STD-461E, CE101,
CE102, CS101, CS114,
RE101, RE102, RS101,
RS103
Sand and Dust

- - - - MIL-STD-810F 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 Tool

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

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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.

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