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Pentek Introduces 2-Channel Analog RF Tuner

Pentek announced the newest addition to its Bandit family of RF modules. The Model 7120 2-channel analog RF tuner accepts RF signals over the range of 400 MHz to 4GHz, amplifying, filtering and downconverting them to an IF signal suitable for A/D conversion by any of several Pentek signal acquisition modules. It is packaged in a shielded PMC/XMC module with front panel connections for easy integration into RF systems without the use of an external tuner, the company says.

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“The 7120 is a powerful addition to the existing Bandit RF tuner product line. With wider RF input signal frequency coverage, wider IF output bandwidths, improved noise figure and higher channel density, Pentek offers customers a new solution to their system requirements at an affordable price,” said Paul Mesibov, chief technical officer, Pentek Inc.

The 7120 accepts RF signals on two front panel SSMC connectors. Low noise amplifiers are provided along with two programmable attenuators allowing downconversion of input signals ranging from -60 dBm to -20 dBm in steps of 0.5 dB. Its input frequency is programmable across the 400 to 4000 MHz band with a tuning resolution of less than 100 KHz.

It includes a programmable low noise LO frequency synthesizer. It accepts a 10 MHz reference from either a front panel reference input, or from or an on-board 10 MHz oven controlled crystal oscillator.

The unit is a shielded PMC/XMC form factor module designed to be integrated on a host carrier for power. The module features a MicroUSB port for programming the input tuning frequencies, gain and reference clock selection. Pentek’s ReadyFlow board support package includes the necessary programming support for the Model 7120.

The PMC/XMC module is designed for air-cooled, conduction-cooled and rugged operating environments. It is available as a 3U/6U Compact PCI (Models 7220/7320/7420), 3U VPX (Model 5220), PCIe (Model 7820) and AMC (Model 5620).

For more information, visit Pentek.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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