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Oscilloscopes, AWG cards offer BaseXIO option

Posted: 29 May 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:BaseXIO option? UltraFast oscilloscope? AWG card? cPCI?

Strategic Test has added a BaseXIO option for its UltraFast oscilloscope and arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) cards. The low-cost option adds eight asynchronous TTL channels to the PCI card.

While an additional PC connector panel is provided, OEMs that integrate the UltraFast card within a larger system can route the digital cables internally. The BaseXIO channels are completely independent of the high-speed function of the oscilloscope or AWG card. They can be used to control external equipment, acquire test signals or read/write status information. Some channels also offer special trigger and reference clock functions.

The eight BaseXIO connectors are mounted directly on the UF2 PCI carrier board and are equipped with MMCX connectors. They are attached internally via coax cable and with right-angle MMCX connectors to a PCI connector plate with eight SMB connectors.

Each group of four channels can be set as an input or output. Two of the channels can be used as additional TTL trigger inputs and combined in AND/OR functions with the card's standard external trigger input. If the Time Stamp function of the UF2 card is used, it is possible to acquire the BaseXIO channels synchronously at the trigger events together with the time stamps. The synchronous acquisition with the time stamps is independent of the BaseXIO configuration.

Strategic Test also offers a similar option called Extra I/O for its range of PXI and cPCI instrument cards.

The price of the BaseXIO option is $590.

- Gina Roos

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