AE9000HW-500 Wideband SIGINT Disk Recorder

Rugged 1-channel 500 MHz IF Disk Recorder.
  • Single-channel, multi-mode analogue IF recorder (2- and 4-channel interface options available)
  • IFs: 1 GHz, 160, 140, 70, 60 and 21.4 MHz
  • BWs: 500 MHz (1 GHz IF),100, 50, 25 and 12 MHz
  • 8- and 16-bit recording modes (menu-selectable)
  • Optimised input/output filtering
  • Built-in down- and up-conversion
  • Real-time FFT (Spectrogram) Display
  • Disk Crate (8 TB standard)
  • Data extraction direct to workstation/network or (optional) built-in Audavi media pack or LTO-5 tape drive

AE9000HW-500

Avalon AE9000HW-500 500 MHz SIGINT Disk Recorder.

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Description

The NEW compact, self-contained Avalon AE9000HW-500 SIGINT Disk Recorder is designed to record, reproduce and export a single channel of wideband analogue IF data at centre frequencies of 1 GHz IF, 160, 140, 70, 60 and 21.4 MHz at pre-defined bandwidths. Depending on the selected IF, recording bandwidths of up to 500 MHz are supported. Two- and four-channel data interfaces are also available.

Two user-selectable recording resolutions are offered: 8-bits for routine data collection tasks and 16-bits for high-resolution applications (see Specification section for details). The unit’s hot-swappable 8 TB Disk Crate is able to store up to 2 hours of mission data at the full 1 GHz IF / 500 MHz BW (8-bit) recording mode. Record times are proportionately longer at lower channel counts, resolutions or bandwidths. The primary means of local control is by means of a monitor, mouse and keyboard attached to the recorder’s rear panel. The unit can also be controlled remotely. The unit also supports snapshot recording.

The primary means of local control is by means of a monitor, mouse and keyboard attached to the recorder’s rear panel. The unit can also be controlled remotely. The unit also supports snapshot recording. An alternative model, AE9000-50/25/12, is also available supporting a maximum total recording bandwidth of 50 MHz.

As with all Avalon SIGINT recorders, AE9000HW-500 incorporates high-precision anti-alias input filtering and advanced, custom-designed analog-to-digital conversion techniques in order to provide the signal quality required by critical applications such as LPI (low probability of intercept) and SEI (specific emitter identification). IF signals are down-converted to the selected recording bandwidth using fast digital signal processing (DSP) techniques and recorded as IQ (complex) pairs of samples for easy up-conversion during replay.

In addition to normal analog replay, recorded data can be exported in digital form. For example, it is possible to BACKUP selected passages of data to a 1 TB (or larger) 2.5 inch SSD, or an optional built-in Audavi media pack or Ultrium LTO-5 tape drive using software utilities running on the recorder itself. Data stored on external media can be RESTORED to the same or another AE9000HW-500 for analog replay or transcribed to conventional storage media at a remote digital analysis facility. Alternatively, data can be exported directly to solid state disk, workstation /network or optional built in Audavi Media Pack or LTO-5 tape.

All Avalon AE9000-series recorders feature a powerful FFT/waterfall display that allows the operator to view complex signals in real time before, during and after recording.


Technical Specification (AE9000HW-500)

Number of Channels:

1.

 

Supported IFs:

1 GHz, 160, 140, 70, 60 and 21.4 MHz (user-selectable).

 

Bandwidth/Resolution:

500 MHz, 8-bits (1 GHz IF)
250 MHz, 8 or 16-bits (1 GHz IF)
100 MHz, 8 or 16 bits (160, 140 MHz IF)
50 MHz, 8 or 16-bits (160, 140, 70, 60 MHz IF)
25 MHz, 8 or 16-bits (160, 140, 70, 60, 21.4 MHz IF)
12.5 MHz, 8 or 16-bits (160, 140, 70, 60, 21,4 MHz IF)

 

Recording Duration:

500 MHz mode:
100 MHz mode

2 hours minimum (8-bits)
5 hours minimum (16-bits)
Proportionately longer for other BW/resolution combinations.

Recording Format:

IF sources:

IQ pairs, 2s complement.

Backup/Transfer/Archive:

To/from built-in 2.5 in. SSD, Audavi disk pack, Ultrium LTO-5 tape drive and/or DVD.

Replay (analogue):

Same format and bandwidth as input signal (with automatic detection of recording mode).

Replay (digital):

Binary files for computer analysis.

Input Levels for Full-scale Recording:

IF:

-15 to +10 dBm from 50 Ohm source (AC coupled)

Output Levels from Full-scale Recording:

IF:

0 dBm into 50 Ohm load (AC coupled).

Spur Free Dynamic Range:

>45 dB (8-bits), >55 dB (16-bits).

Group Delay Variation:

2 nanoseconds pk/pk.

Reference Frequency:

Stable internal 10 MHz clock, or external 10 MHz source. (100 MHz optional).

Local Control:

Attached monitor/mouse/keyboard.

Remote Control:

Stand-alone executable application (Linux/Windows) or Remote Desktop. APIs also available for custom interfacing.

Loop modes:

The recording media can be configured as a simulated ‘endless loop’ for record and play.

SKIP mode:

Permits the user to tag selected passages of data with SKIP flags to avoid accidental overwriting. SKIP flags can be set either while recording or when the recorder is stopped.

Real-time FFT:

Real–time calculation of FFT (waterfall/spectrogram) display of Input signal while recording.  Click here for details.

Data Extraction Ports:

LAN, USB, USB-2 and eSATA.

Power:

85–240 VAC, 50- 60 Hz, 200VA nominal, 270 VA peak demand (auto-ranging).

Physical:

˝ rack x 4u x 530 mm.

Environmental:

Designed to meet the applicable sections of MIL-STD-461E (EMC) and MIL-STD-810E (Shock and Vibration).


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