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Spring 2020 Vol. 29, No. 3
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Telemus Inc Deploys a Pentek Talon Recorder in a UAV-based ELINT/ESM System

Telemus, Inc. has installed a Pentek Talon RTX Rugged IF Recorder for operational use onboard an Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) as part of their ALR-510 ELINT/ESM system. They chose this recorder not only for its wide instantaneous bandwidth and environmental performance, but also for its rugged, compact design.

The end user, a military organization within a NATO country, needed both Electronics Intelligence (ELINT) and Electronic Support Measures (ESM) facilities for radar surveillance in its border regions and selected the ALR-510 ELINT/ESM System from Telemus.

Data Flow with Pentek IF Recorder
Data Flow with Pentek IF Recorder

This system harnesses Linear Phase Interferometer Direction Finding (DF) technology and an ESM system based on an Instantaneous Frequency Measurement (IFM) receiver and omnidirectional antenna.

The ELINT system incorporates the Pentek Talon RTX series IF Recorder for digitizing and capturing wideband IF analog signals and retrieving them for analysis.

Product Focus

Pentek's New Talon Extreme Rugged Wideband 1/2 ATR Recorder Delivers Reduced SWaP


  • Rugged 1/2 ATR MIL-spec chassis
  • Designed for harsh mechanical and thermal environments
  • Environmentally sealed
  • Internally conduction-cooled
  • Fully sealed for RF emissions with EMI power line filter
  • MIL-STD circular connectors
  • Compact and lightweight design - 22 lb (10kg)
  • Ideal for UAVs, military vehicles, aircraft pods and outdoor environments
Model 2589
Model 2589

Talon RTX Extreme Systems Family

Pentek's SFF Talon MIL-STD recorder used with ELINT software from Telemus

Pentek's SFF Talon MIL-STD recorder used with ELINT software from Telemus

For additional information on Telemus please visit: https://www.telemusinc.com/

Product Focus

Pentek Accelerates Real-Time Recording with New Talon Recorder for Quartz RFSoC


  • Designed for data capture from Pentek Quartz® RFSoC products' 100 Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Single QSFP28 port with MPO transceiver
  • Real-time record rates up to 12.5 GB/s (100 Gigabits/s)
  • Front-panel removable solid state storage up to 122 TB
  • Dual Intel Xeon® Gold processors with up to 4 TB of DDR4 SDRAM
  • 4U 19-inch industrial grade server chassis
Model 2757
Model 2757

Talon RTX Extreme Systems Family

Product Focus

Pentek's New Quartz RFSoC PCIe Board is Ideal for Wireless Applications


  • Supports Xilinx® Zynq® UltraScale+™ RFSoC FPGA
  • 16 GB of DDR4 SDRAM
  • On-board GPS receiver
  • PCI Express (Gen. 1, 2, and 3) interface up to x8
  • LVDS connections to the Zynq UltraScale+ FPGA for custom I/O
  • Optional front panel dual optical MPO interface for gigabit serial communication
  • Unique QuartzXM eXpress Module enables migration to other form factors
Model 7050
Model 7050

Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC FPGA Family

Talon FAQs

Development Tactics and Considerations for Small Form Factor RF Signal Recorders

Signals intelligence (SIGINT) – the ability to gather intelligence by intercepting signals – has perhaps never been more essential within military operations due to today's highly sophisticated, often encrypted communications. The key to SIGINT systems are spectrum recording systems, which are often suitcase-sized, but continually trend into smaller form factors.

Add Custom IP to RF/IF Signal Recorders' FPGAs with Pentek's ArchiTek FPGA Development Suite

"If you design or develop systems for signal-intelligence (SIGINT), communications-intelligence (COMINT), or electronicintelligence (ELINT) applications, there have likely been times when you needed to insert some custom IP blocks into an COTS RF/IF signal recording system's processing chain. But doing so typically carries the risk of breaking either the existing IP residing on the system's FPGA or the corresponding recording software. If you need threshold detection, spectral filtering, digital down-conversion, signal classification, demodulation, or other DSP techniques, ArchiTek makes adding those sorts of functions a breeze."

David Maliniak, Senior Editor, Microwaves & RF

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