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 (UGVs) and Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs).  Tove is optimized for use in airborne, ground and maritime applications, where Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) is at a premium. Tove provides full backward compatibility with ECS Evenlode Ground Data Terminals (GDT).

Product Description

Tove is a lightweight, SDR-based RF data transmitter that offers superior connectivity for airborne, ground, and maritime applications. It supports SD/HD/3G-SDI, CVBS, USB, and Ethernet inputs, making it compatible with both new and legacy sensor systems.

One of the key features of Tove is its onboard low latency H.265 and H.264 1080p video encoder. This encoder provides superior compression, resulting in reduced channel bandwidth, increased spectral efficiency, and an exceptional range. Moreover, it combines GPS and bi-directional telemetry data with the Tove transport stream, enabling positional data and sensor control to be transmitted to fixed or mobile receive stations.

Tove utilizes ECS’s robust and configurable DVB-T COFDM protocol, ensuring reliable data transmission. It comes equipped with an integrated 2 Watt amplifier, allowing data to be transmitted to compatible receive systems like ECS Evenlode Data Link Ground Data Terminals (GDT), ECS handheld receiving devices, or compliant DVB-T receivers. For longer distances, an optional 10 Watt amplifier is available.

For convenient point-to-multipoint data exchange, Tove comes with an omnidirectional antenna. Ground equipment can be customized with various omnidirectional and position-steered antenna systems. Additionally, Ground Receiver Equipment (GRE) can be deployed over a wide area and networked to extend 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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