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PCIe-based waveform digitizer boards debuts

Posted: 31 May 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PCIe waveform digitizers? PCIe? BaseXIO? digital I/O lines? Linux?

Strategic Test pulled the wraps off what it claims as the world's first PCIe-based waveform digitizer boards. There are twelve new digitizer cards in the new UF2e-4600 series, said the company.

Using multiple 16bit ADCs for true simultaneous sampling, the cards are available with a choice of maximum sampling rates from 200KSPS to 3MSPS and 2-, 4- or 8-channel configurationsenabling users to select the most cost-effective solution. For the devices, 32MSamples of signal memory is provided as standard, but it can be expanded to 2GSamples through a proprietary onboard DIMM module, said Strategic Test.

Similar with the UltraFast cards, the signals can be recorded to card memory and then offloaded or continuously streamed gap-free to the PC host.

A total of eight different hardware options will be available for each card:

?Onboard memory: 64-, 128-, 256-, 512-, 1,024-, 2,048- or 4096Mbytes
?Multiple Recording (memory segmentation)
?Gated sampling (sampling clock controlled by external TTL signal)
?Time stamp (records time when trigger occurs)
?ABA dual time base
?Star hub (synchronization of 5-16 cards, or 5-16 PCs)
?BaseXIO (adds 8 asynchronous digital I/O lines)
?Fast digital inputs (adds two or four synchronous digital inputs per analog input).

Strategic Test also provides a comprehensive software support with the following software development kits available for Windows Vista and XP64, XP, 2000, NT and 98, Linux drivers for RedHat, Suse, Fedora and Debian, Matlab, LabVIEW, Agilent-VEE, LabWindows/CVI and DASYLab.

Pricing for the solutions starts at $3,190. The new digitizers are supplied with the free-of-charge SBench oscilloscope software that allows user to measure and analyze without programming. SBench is available for both Windows and Linux.

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