Tove RF Data Link

Lightweight Data Link Transmitter

Tove RF Data Link is a lightweight Software Defined Radio (SDR) designed for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV) and Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV) for use in airborne, ground and maritime applications, where Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) is at a premium. Providing full backward compatibility with ECS Evenlode Ground Data Terminals (GDT).

Product Description

Tove is a lightweight SDR based RF data transmitter that provides superior connectivity for use in airborne, ground and maritime applications. With SD/HD/3G-SDI, CVBS, USB and Ethernet inputs, Tove is compatible with the new and legacy sensor systems.

The onboard low latency H.265, H.264 1080p video encoder provides superior compression, allowing for reduction in channel bandwidth, increased spectral efficiency and best in class range. GPS and bi-directional telemetry data is combined with the Tove transport stream to provide positional data and sensor control to the fixed or mobile receive stations.

Adopting ECS’s extremely robust and configurable DVB-T COFDM protocol, Tove includes an integrated 2 Watt amplifier to transmit data to compatible receive systems, such as ECS Evenlode Data Link Ground Data Terminals (GDT), ECS handheld receiving devices or compliant DVB-T receivers. An optional 10 Watt amplifier is available for extreme ranges.

Tove is provided with an omnidirectional antenna for point-to-multipoint data exchange. Ground equipment can be offered with a range of omnidirectional and position-steered antenna systems. Ground Receiver Equipment (GRE) may be deployed across a wide area and networked to provide extended coverage.

Technical Specifications

Tove transmitter module with transmitter only license
1 x downlink antenna
1 x uplink antenna                        Connector set

5 and 10 watt amplifier
Ground Data Terminal
Uplink Telemetry Control Terminal
Handheld Receiver
Key Fill Device

Future Upgrade
DVB-T2 modulation
Bi-directional Ethernet

ECS Fixed site Receivers
ECS Mobile Receivers
ECS Handheld Receiver

Export License
Purchase of this equipment is subject to export license approval

120 mm x 80 mm x 30 mm

350 g

11-15 Vdc and 22-30 Vdc, voltage range protection
17-21 W

900 MHz to 6.0 GHz (Software Defined)                              

Link Mode Selection
FEC – 1/2, 2/3, 3/4, 5/6                      

Guard Interval
1/4, 1/8, 1/16                

QPSK, 16QAM            

Channel Bandwidth 1.7,2,3,4,5,6,7,8MHz                            

Link Data Rate
Up to 21 Mbps      

Output Power
2 W                      

Telemetry Control
Bi-directional (FSK or Spread Spectrum)                                        

Video Formats
PAL NTSC up to 1080p60        (SMPTE 259M, 344M, 292M, 424M)
DVB-ASI EN 50089-9 188 Byte Transport Stream
(SMPTE 259M)

Video Compression

1 x HD-BNC
1 x SMA GPS antenna interface
3 x Multi pin connectors
100/10BASE-T Ethernet, RS232/485 USB 

AES 256 (subject to export license approval)
Substitution Cipher Encryption

Operational Temperature
-20°C to +55°C, 0-90% relative humidity non-condensing

Operational Altitude

Design Standards
Certification Designed to RTCA
DO160G Standards
Designed to MIL-STD-704
Environment: Designed to IP64

ECS is able to provide in-country commissioning and training      Platform Integration documentation

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