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AWG PCI cards offer up to 4GSamples onboard memory

Posted: 12 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Strategic Test? UF2-6110? AWG? UF2-6110? UF2-6111?

Strategic Test's UF2-6110 AWG cards

Strategic Test Corp. has released two new 8bit resolution arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) cards with up to 4GSamples onboard memory. The UF2-6110 has two synchronous 125MSps output channels, while the UF2-6111 offers four channels on a single PCI card. Both cards are supplied with 64MSamples of signal memory standard, but can be increased to 4GSamples using a proprietary DIMM module on the card.

According to Strategic Test, the cards are well suited for RADAR and I&Q signal generation. The Multiple Reply option allows a series of high speed waveforms to be generated with automatic re-arming of the trigger by hardware to ensure a high pulse repetition frequency (PRF). The choice of two or four synchronous channels per card enables matching I&Q generation without requiring the expense of a second card, the company said.

Each channel contains a 125MSps 8bit DAC and three Butterworth reconstruction filters with bandwidths of 25MHz, 5MHz or 500kHz. A "no-filter" setting can also be selected. Measured dynamic specifications include: SNR > 60.9db, THD < 69.1dB and SFDR > 71.9dB. The crosstalk between channels is < -80dB. The maximum output range is 3V, although this can be boosted to 10V using the optional 1-, 2- or 4-channel PCI amplifier card.

The cards employ a 66MHz/32bit PCI-X interface that can stream data continuously from the host-PC at rates up to 225MSps. Long duration signals can be generated at lower output rates. The PCI-X connector is also compatible with the traditional 33MHz/32bit slots, however the data transfer rate is reduced to approximately 100MSps.

Drivers for Microsoft Windows XP64, XP, 2000 and Linux (2.4 and 2.6 kernels) are included with free downloads of future OS version drivers such as Windows Vista. Drivers for MATLAB, LabVIEW, VEE, DASYLab and LabWindows/CVI are available as options.

The Ultrafast UF2-6100 cards are available immediately and have the following pricing: 2 channels (UF2-6110), $4,025.68; and 4 channels (UF2-6111) $6,019.69. Volume discounts and OEM customization prices are available on request.

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