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Winter Vol. 23, No. 1  
Talon Recording Systems
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Video Spotlight:

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View: SystemFlow Software for Talon Recorders Video

SystemFlow Recording Software
Topics include: API, GUI, Signal Viewer and Analyzer, Libraries, and the NTFS system

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View: Cobalt Model 78670 Product Video

Cobalt Model 78621
4-Channel 1.25 GHz, 16-bit D/A with Virtex-6 FPGA - PCIe

Free Technical Resources:

High-Speed, Real-Time Recording Systems Handbook
High-Speed, Real-Time
Recording Systems Handbook


High-Speed Switched Serial Fabrics Improve System Design
High-Speed Switched Serial
Fabrics Improve System Design


Software Defined Radio Handbook
Software Defined Radio


Putting FPGAs to Work for Software Radio Handbook
Putting FPGAs to Work for
Software Radio Handbook


Critical Techniques for High Speed A/D Converters in Real-Time Systems Handbook
Critical Techniques for High
Speed A/D Converters in
Real-Time Systems Handbook


Pentek Literature:

Analog and Digital I/O Catalog
Analog & Digital I/O Catalog
Clock and Sync Generators Catalog
Clock & Sync Generators Catalog
Radar and SDR I/O Catalog
Radar & SDR I/O Catalog
Software and FPGA Tools Catalog
Software & FPGA Tools Catalog
High-Speed Recording Systems
High-Speed Recording Systems
Pentek Product Catalog
Pentek Product Catalog
Jade Xilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGA Family
Jade FPGA Family
Onyx Virtex-7 and Cobalt Virtex-6 FPGA Family
Onyx & Cobalt FPGA Family
Product Overview
Product Overview
Company Profile
Company Profile

Literature Request


New technologies offer engineers of SDR systems opportunities to perform digital signal processing much closer to the antenna than ever before.

Figure 1

Remote software radio RF receivers deliver digital samples through copper or optical gigabit serial links to networked facilities for analysis, processing and storage.

Model 8266

The Model 8266 resolves the typical hardware and software compatibility obstacles inherent in new PC development platforms. All hardware is installed in appropriate slots with proper cabling, power and cooling strategies, and optimized BIOS.

Product Focus

AMC Onyx Board with 1 GHz A/D, 1 GHz D/A and Virtex-7 FPGA

  • Supports Xilinx Virtex-7 VXT FPGAs
  • GateXpress® supports dynamic FPGA reconfiguration across PCIe
  • One 1 GHz 12-bit A/D
  • One 1 GHz 16-bit D/A
  • 4 GB of DDR3 SDRAM
  • PCI Express (Gen. 1, 2 & 3) interface up to x8
  • AMC.1 compliant
  • IPMI 2.0 compliant MMC (Module Management Controller)
  • Dual-μSync clock/sync bus for multiboard synchronization
  • Optional front panel LVDS connections to the Virtex-7 FPGA for custom I/O
Model 56730
Model 56730

Onyx Virtex-7

Product Focus

One-Channel RF/IF, 1 GS/sec Rugged Portable Recorder

  • Portable system measuring 16.9" W x 9.5" D x 13.4" H
  • Lightweight: approximately 30 pounds
  • Rugged aluminum alloy chassis
  • Shock- and vibration-resistant SSDs perform well in vehicles, ships and aircraft
  • Recording of IF signals up to 2 GHz
  • Signal bandwidths to 500 MHz
  • Real-time aggregate recording rates up to 2.0 GB/sec
  • Up to 7.6 TB storage with front-panel removable SSD drives
  • NTFS file format and high-performance Windows® workstation with Intel® Core™ i7 processor
RTR 2728
Model 2728

Talon RTR Rugged Recorders

Product Focus

AMC Board with Bandit Two-Channel Analog RF Receiver

  • Accepts RF signals from 400 MHz to 4000 MHz
  • Accepts RF input levels from -60 dBm to -20 dBm
  • Baseband IF output with up to 390 MHz bandwidth
  • Internal OCXO or external 10 MHz frequency reference
Model 5620
Model 5620

Bandit Analog Receivers

Product Focus

Modular Analog RF Slot Downconverter Series

  • Accepts RF signals from 800 MHz to 3.000 GHz in seven different models
  • Accepts RF input levels from -60 to -20 dBm
  • 225 MHz IF output with 80 MHz output bandwidth
  • Internal OCXO or external 10 MHz frequency reference
Model 8111
Model 8111

Bandit Analog Receivers

Product Focus

1-Channel 3.6 GHz or 2-Channel 1.8 GHz 12-bit A/D with DDC - 3U VPX

  • One-channel mode with 3.6 GHz, 12-bit A/D
  • Two-channel mode with 1.8 GHz, 12-bit A/Ds
  • 2 GB of DDR3 SDRAM
  • Programmable one- or two- channel DDC (Digital Downconverter)
  • PCI Express (Gen. 1 & 2) interface x8 wide
  • Sync bus for multimodule synchronization
Model 53641
Model 53641

Cobalt Virtex-6

Product Focus

L-Band RF Tuner and 2-Channel 200 MHz A/D with Virtex-6 FPGA - PCIe

  • Accepts RF Signals from 925 to 2175 MHz
  • Programmable LNA boosts LNB (low-noise block) antenna signal levels with up to 60 dB gain
  • Programmable analog down converter to I + Q baseband signals with bandwidths 4 to 40 MHz
  • Two 200 MHz 16-bit A/Ds
  • Supports Xilinx Virtex-6 LXT and SXT FPGA
  • 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM or 32 MB of QDRII+ SRAM
Model 78690
Model 78690

Cobalt Virtex-6

What's New
Press Releases

December 16, 2013
Pentek Introduces High-Speed, Rugged Rackmount and Portable Recorders for Ground, Ship and Airborne Applications
  • Record and reproduce IF signals with sample rates up to 1 GHz
  • Aggregate record/playback rates up to 4 GBytes/sec
  • Up to 38.4 TB with front-panel removable SSD storage
  • Designed to operate under conditions of shock and vibration

November 11, 2013
Pentek Introduces 2-Channel Analog RF Tuner for Communications, Radar and Signal Intelligence Systems
  • Wide RF signal tuning range from 400 MHz to 4 GHz
  • Amplifies RF input levels as low as -60 dBm
  • Output signal bandwidths to 390 MHz
  • Available in PMC/XMC, AMC, VPX, cPCI and PCIe formats

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