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Intelligent Signal Scanning Recorder Integrates RF Tuner and Upconverter

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Pentek has announced a major addition to its family of Talon signal recording and playback systems: the RTS 2620 6 GHz RF Sentinel Intelligent Signal Scanning rackmount recorder. The Talon RTS 2620 recorder is suitable for military, security and government intelligence (SIGINT, COMINT and ELINT) applications. The RTS 2620 is the first recorder to combine and exploit the power of a Pentek Talon recording system with a fully integrated signal scanner, RF tuner and RF upconverter.

A Pentek Model 78621 Cobalt transceiver module serves as the data acquisition engine of the Talon RTS 2620. Its 200 MHz 16-bit A/D converter provides 86 dB of spurious-free dynamic range and 74 dB of SNR. A digital downconverter (DDC) provides frequency zooming for signal bandwidths as low as a few kHz. The Model 78621 is coupled to a 6 GHz RF tuner front end with excellent dynamic range across its entire spectrum.

The Sentinel recorder provides automated signal monitoring and detection. The user specifies a start and stop frequency for the scan, covering any range between 2 MHz and 6 GHz. The RF tuner and DDC step across the scan range in consecutive bands, each programmable up to 40 MHz in width. RF energy in each band is detected to create a waterfall spectrum display of the entire scan. Any band can be selected for continuous real-time monitoring and/or recording. Each recording captures an instantaneous bandwidth up to 40 MHz. The Talon RTS 2620 starts at $75,000 USD.

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