Pentek, Inc., today introduced three additions to the Talon® family of high-speed turnkey recording systems handling LVDS (low-voltage differential signaling) digital I/O: the Model RTS 2718 commercial rackmount, the Model RTR 2738 rugged portable, and the Model RTR 2758 rugged rackmount recorders. Using state-of-the-art disk storage technology, these systems are highly flexible and achieve aggregate recording rates up to 4 GBytes per second.
As complete recording systems, the Talon recorders are ideal for capturing any type of streaming sources including live transfers from sensors or data from other computers. The built-in Windows® 7 Professional workstation with an Intel® Core i7® processor gives the user total flexibility in routing recorded data to other drives, networks, and I/O channels. Plus, post-processing and analysis tools installed on the workstation can immediately operate on the recorded data.
"These LVDS recording systems offer a low-level, general-purpose interface commonly found in many digital systems," said Rodger Hosking, vice president of Pentek. "The recorders exploit the latest storage technology to deliver the industry's fastest recording rates and deepest capacities. Because the LVDS interface incorporates a Virtex-6 FPGA, Pentek can offer options for configuring custom interfaces and protocols to handle special applications."
"Our SystemFlow® recording software simplifies user operation, and the API allows system integrators to add the recorder as a peripheral to a larger system." Rodger added, "We offer these recorders in many different configurations for operation not only in the lab but also in the field and on board vehicles, ships, and aircraft. The SSDs we use in the ruggedized recorders are immune to shock and vibration and are ideal for severe environments."
Data files include time stamping as well as recording parameters and optional GPS information. Files are stored in the native Windows NTFS format, allowing drive units to be read directly by PCs, and eliminating the need for file conversion. Files can also be transferred from the system through gigabit Ethernet, USB ports or written to optical disks using the built-in 8X double layer DVD±R/RW drive.
Talon recorders capture data at a very high rate using the latest generation of high-capacity disk drives. The rugged portable (Model 2738) and rugged rack-mount (Model 2758) are configured with SSDs (solid state drives) while the commercial rack-mount (Model 2718) is configured with HDDs (hard disk drives). The drives are hot-swappable and can be easily removed or exchanged during or after a mission to retrieve recorded data.
LVDS is a general purpose digital interface operating at very high speeds over inexpensive twisted-pair or flat ribbon copper cables. The recorders are equipped with an LVDS module that provide 32 LVDS differential input or output pairs plus LVDS clock, data valid and data flow control signals. Systems include record, playback, or both.
Pentek SystemFlow recording software features a Windows-based GUI (Graphical User Interface) that provides a simple and intuitive means to configure and control the system. "Customers praise this easy-to-use interface for fast setup of their recording systems right out-of-the-box," Rodger concluded.
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