Pentek introduces RTR 2613 Sentinel Signal Scanning Recorder

November 152017
Pentek introduces RTR 2613 Sentinel Signal Scanning Recorder

November 17, 2017 - Pentek announced an addition to its family of Talon Sentinel signal recording systems, the RTR 2613, which combines Pentek’s intelligent signal scanning software with real-time recording in a portable package.

The RTR 2613 allows SIGINT engineers to scan the 3 GHz spectrum for signals of interest and monitor or record instantaneous bandwidths up to 40 MHz once a signal of interest 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. 

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 down converter (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 dynamic range across its entire spectrum. 

Pentek’s Sentinel recorders addsignal monitoring and detection capabilities to Talon real-time recording systems. The  GUI allows users to monitor theentire spectrum or select a region of interest,while a selectable resolution bandwidth allows 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.

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 System Flow software for system control and turn-key operation. System Flow 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 capacities between 480 GBand61 TB are available, with support for RAID levels 0, 5 and 6. 

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