*** DataQuest News 2016 ***


New: Spectrum's 2016 instrumentation catalogue released   January 2016
Spectrum's PC instrumentation 2016 catalogue provides a full listing of the ultra high-speed signal capture, waveform generation and digital I/O hardware, both in card form as well as external connection via an digitizerNETBOX's Ethernet link. Includes the very latest releases from the PCI-Express M4i range, most notably the M4i.77xx 32 bit 720MS/sec digital I/O and the 1.25GS/sec M4.66xx arbitrary waveform generator cards.

The easy to reference information covers a summary of features and modes, software programming options, as well as Spectrum's own very capable logging and processing software SBench6™. Detail is also given on the turn-key systems we can provide, comprising card(s), computer and pre-installed software.

This catalogue is available by post (with price list), or can be downloaded as a PDF.

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   Spectrum 2016 catalogue front cover.   

New: 720 mega sample/sec PCIe Gen2 digital signal capture card gives exceptional performance   February 2016
The new M4i.77xx-x8 series of digital signal capture cards from Spectrum, offer exceptional digital pattern capture speeds and the ability to receive many different logic levels. It comes in differential and single-ended versions. The former is compatible with LVDS, PECL, LVPECL, ECL, NCL etc. The latter 1.2V, 1.5V, 1.8V, 2.5V, 3.3V, 5.0V; covering many TTL and CMOS levels.

As with the other existing M4i cards the Gen2 x8-lane PCI express interface, combined with large on-board memory and optimised drivers, enhances the cards performance by providing ultra-fast data transfer to the host computer. All 32 channels can capture at continuous full-speed, or if preferred short triggered bursts. Multiple cards can be synchronised.

The PCIe interface and three quarter PCB length makes this card compatible with a wide range computer and chassis combinations. Versatile Windows & Linux drivers, provide a means of programming the M4i.77xx series in text code, MATLAB, LabVIEW and LabWindowsCVI.

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   M4i.7735-x8 32 bit PCIe digital signal capture card.   

New: High-speed Ethernet logger digitizerNETBOX, now with stand alone operation   April 2016
The digitizerNETBOX family offers data acquisition with the flexibility of an Ethernet / LXI connectivity. These systems are available with 2 to 16 fully synchronous channels, sampling rates from 200 KS/s up to 5 GS/s and resolutions of 8, 14 and 16 bit.

The systems are normally controlled via Ethernet, with logging and data download progressing as an on-going process to the client PC. However the acquisition and analysis of electronic signals in remote locations has become even easier thanks to the release of the Embedded Server option, DN2.xxx-Emb. When ordered with any digitizerNETBOX, it effectively turns the unit into a computer based data acquisition system that can operate independently, or when connected to a LAN, as part of a larger network system with multiple units each having its own IP address.

The original digitizerNETBOX remote instrument functionality is still 100% available, so no compromise is required should you order the DN2.xxx-Emb Embedded Server option. Included with delivery are text code drivers for most popular programming languages, MATLAB™ and LabVIEW™, plus a two year manufacturer's warranty. Technical support, including software and firmware updates come free of charge.

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   DigitizerNETBOX with embedded CPU option for stand alone logging capability. Linux remote shell (ssh) interface.   

New: Free academic tutorial tool set illustrates the creation, capture and analysis of waveforms   May 2016
Free tutorial tools have been created by the PC instrumentation manufacturer Spectrum. Based around the SBench 6 visual display package, virtual hardware can be installed to demonstrate how to create, capture and analyse waveforms. This virtual hardware can be selected from any of Spectrum's wide range of A/D and D/A cards, as well as the Ethernet based digitizerNETBOX. Examples and informative articles provide a step-by-step guide that shows the principles. This includes the way different ways that signals can be generated, how to make basic measurements (such as waveform parameters) and how to perform analysis such as spectral analysis with a Fast Fourier Transformation (FFT).

Installing the SBench 6 program on a PC effectively turns it into an easy-to-use virtual instrumentation platform, in many ways ideal for visually teaching the principles of signal generation, capture and analysis.

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   Free SBench6 tutorial tools for educational users   

New: PXIe M4x series digitizer cards released!   June 2016
We can now supply six new digitizer card products for the PXIe bus, each packaged in a dual-width 3U module and incorporating a four lane PCI-Express Generation 2 interface. The new Spectrum M4x.44xx digitizers come with two or four fully synchronous channels and resolutions of either 14 bits, for sampling at rates up to 500 MS/s, or 16 bits, for sampling at rates up to 250 MS/s.

Each channel has its own separate monolithic ADC and low noise signal conditioning circuitry. Fully programmable, the cards provide six gain ranges (±200 mV up to ±10 V), selectable input impedance and AC or DC coupling. Flexible front-end circuitry is complimented by a powerful trigger system and versatile clock. This clock can be externally sourced, or if preferred synchronized with other reference sources. With low noise front-ends, high-resolution ADCs and accurate clocks these PXIe digitizers deliver outstanding dynamic performance. All the digitizers come as standard with 4 GByte (2 giga samples) of on-board signal capture memory for burst capture, as well as a streaming FIFO Mode for continuous capture to the computer storage drive.

The new M4x.44xx cards share a common software interface with the existing M4i PCI-Express card equivalents and offer the same FPGA based averaging and statistics options. The M4x.44xx PXIe systems are a compact modular design with robust connectors and a defined air flow path for cooling. This makes them the ideal platform for industrial, vehicle and aerospace applications.

Software control of the digitizers is possible with Spectrum's SBench6 program which supports full instrument functionality as well as providing data display, storage, analysis and documentation. Alternatively for those who prefer to code program we provide Windows and Linux drivers, plus support for MATLAB and LabVIEW.

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   PXIe modular analogue signal capture cards - 2 and 4 channel examples   

New: Programmable Ethernet/LXI instrument generates ultra high speed waveforms   July 2016
A new line of Arbitrary Waveform Generators (AWG's) is now available; based on the LXI instrumentation standard, these generatorNETBOX's have a bandwidth DC to 400MHz (depending on model chosen). In a robust and portable chassis, they are ideal for those who need to generate electronic signals in automated test and / or remote applications. A simple Ethernet connection to any PC or local area network (LAN) makes them easy to integrate into any test system.

The generatorNETBOX series comes with a choice of 2, 4 or 8 fully synchronised channels and a 16 bit 0.625 or 1.25 giga sample per second D/A converters. For lower bandwidth requirements a 125 mega sample per second 14 bit converter is also available with a bandwidth 60 MHz. This gives great performance and price flexibility to best match the application

Signal replay can be programmed in a number of operating modes, which include streaming continuously from the PC memory over the LAN connection, or just effectively stand-alone using the generatorNETBOX deep memory, (up to 2 x 2Gsample on the fastest 8 channel model!). It is also possible to program a command controlled sequence (multi-pattern) replay, set to react to triggers.

The instruments are fully self-contained and come with all the tools necessary to generate an almost unlimited variety of waveforms. Fully programmable, this versatile instrument range comes with Windows and Linux drivers for all popular languages, plus MATLAB and LabVIEW. Pre-programmed examples are provided to help the new users get quickly underway.

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   Portable Wavefrom generator GeneratorNETBOX, example 8 channel DN2.662-08   

New: The digitizerNETBOX DN6 series offers up to 48 A/D channels in one enclosure   September 2016
Eight new DN6.49x digitizerNETBOX signal capture instruments are now available, offering from 24 to 48 fully synchronized channels. The channels can be single ended or differential, (delivering from 12 to 24 true differential inputs). Each channel of a DN6.49x series is equipped with a high precision 16 bit analogue-to-digital converter (ADC), with six input ranges from ±200 mV up to ±10 V, switchable input impedance and programmable offset. Users can choose between models that offer maximum sampling rates of 10 or 60 MS/s.

All units feature a rugged chassis with forced filtered air cooling and low noise power supplies. LED lights provide a visual indication for the power, trigger and LAN status. Multiple acquisition modes include single shot (Transient Recording), streaming, or trigger controlled sampling rate change (ABA mode) for slow background and fast on an event.

Full remote control is achieved through a simple BIt Ethernet port, which allows connection to any PC or local area network (AN). For more remote operation, independent of a PC, we also offer an embedded server option that combines a powerful CPU, BSD, more memory and a remote software development access method.

Every digitizerNETBOX includes drivers for many popular programming languages and third party software support for LabVIEW, LabWindows and MATLAB. A SBench6 Professional software licence is included. With this waveform data can be easily stored and exported to other devices, or other software programs in a variety of formats such as MATLAB, ASCII, binary and WAV. This versatile, quick to use, menu driven display and post processing GUI, means that the digitizerNETBOX can be set up and working almost as soon as it is unpacked!

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   DN6 series LAN digitizernetbox, model shown has 24 signal channels. A/D capture at up to 60 mega samples per second   

New: New MHz to GHz, high resolution PXIe AWG cards   October 2016
Complementing the existing Spectrum M4i PCI-Express MHz / GHz waveform generator cards (AWG's), the new M4x.66xx PXIe AWG's now offer the modular compact standard so popular in industrial situations. Available with one, two or four channels, each channel is equipped with the latest generation 16 bit digital-to-analogue converter technology with the various models having maximum clocking rates up to 1.25 mega samples/sec. Output bandwidth is DC to 400 MHz, providing for the generation of a wide range of signal frequencies. Versatile operating signal output modes include single-shot, loop, long term streaming, gated signal control and sequence pattern replay, the latter particularly useful in automatic testing scenarios. The AWG's are designed to output signals that emulate those found in the real world, delivering programmable output levels from ±200 mV to ±4 V (±5 V for 625 MS/s models) into high-impedance and ±100 mV up to ±2 V (±2.5 V for 625 MS/s models) for 50 ohm termination.

The dual width 3U AWGs feature a PXIe x4 Gen 2 interface, which allows waveform data to be transferred from the computer at speeds up to 1.4 GB/s. A 4 Gbyte on board memory is also standard. The AWG's can even output signals while new waveform data is being sent to the on-board memory. Suitable for any PXIe or PXI hybrid chassis, support for chassis distribution features include the PXIe/PXI reference clock, star-trigger and trigger bus.

Users can create their own control programs with almost any popular programming language, using the software library supplied with all M4x series hardware. This includes C++, Visual Basic, VB.NET, C#, Visual J#, Delphi, Java and Python code. Software support is also provided for LabVIEW, LabWindows and MATLAB. We also offer SBench6-Pro, a software that gives users control over all of the AWG's operating modes and hardware settings from a simple, easy-to-use, graphical user interface.

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   Four channel 16 bit 1.25GS/s PXIe waveform generator card   

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Click here for previous releases in 2015:-
  • DC option now available for the digitizerNETBOX
  • A/D card bandwidth up to 1.5GHz and new cables for high frequencies
  • Portable Docking Station with three PCIe slots and Notebook PC connectivity
  • The digitizerNETBOX data logger now captures signals at GHz speeds
  • Signal Pre-amplifier modules with GHz bandwidth
  • 625 Mega sample/sec AWG with 16 bit resolution and PCIe GByte/sec interface
  • 16 bit AWG M4i card series now with 1.25 giga sample/sec D/A converter
  • Server utility allows Spectrum card setup and monitoring across LAN Network
Click here for previous releases in 2014:-
  • Cost effective 16-bit digitzer card with multiple 60 MS/sec channels
  • 14 & 16 bit digitizerNETBOX Ethernet/LXI instruments with up to 0.5GHz sampling speed!
  • Clock and trigger signal distribution card is now available in PCI-Express format
  • Synchronise Spectrum M2i instrumentation cards across multiple computer installations
  • Card based FPGA signal average module for enhanced measurement resolution and SNR
  • Signal peak detection and statistics functions added to digitiser hardware
  • Ultra high-speed M4i series PCIe digitizer cards with up to 5GS/sec sampling
Click here for previous releases in 2013:-
  • Enhancement options now included with all Spectrum instrumentation cards!
  • PXI format multi-channel 16 bit 50 Mega Sample/sec A/D converter card
  • New DigitizerNetbox provides a portable Ethernet enclosure for Spectrum cards
  • M4i 14 Bit 500 MS/s digitiser with PCIe x8 lane
  • HAPPY 10th BIRTHDAY DATAQUEST SOLUTIONS !!!
  • Faster digitzerNETBOX with up to 200MHz sampling
Click here for previous releases in 2012:-
  • DataQuest Solutions extends its ACME portable computer range.
  • Extended range of tough waterproof rugged tablet PC's now available.
  • Ultra high speed multi-channel 16 bit signal capture card.
  • PCI Express docking station range now includes 4 and 7 slot options
  • DataQuest Solutions are moving to a new location in Lincolnshire
Click here for previous releases in 2011:-
  • Spectrum releases fully updated instrumentation catalogue
  • Dual time base sampling available for all digitiser cards
  • SPA series of high bandwidth and gain external amplifiers
  • Sequence Replay Mode enhances pattern generation programming.
Click here for previous releases in 2010:-
  • Logic analyzer display for SBench6
  • Lighter, faster MRC2300 presents the latest in PC tablet technology
  • M3i series cards now with SMA connector option
  • M3i.4800 series card uses the latest generation 16 bit 180Msample converter
Click here for previous releases in 2009:-
  • Spectrum drivers now support .NET users
  • Slim portable PC now features hot-swap battery option
  • SBench Version 6 signal visualisation software release
  • M3i.32xx and M3i.41xx series provides exceptional resolution and speed
  • New Spectrum M3i.21xx series extends signal capture up to 1GHz!
Click here for previous releases in 2008:-
  • 12 bit digitisers now have software selectable differential inputs
  • All M2i cards now come with 256Mbytes of memory as standard!
  • Radar signal and antenna position capture card
  • Slim ultra portable PC with PCI and PCI-Express
  • 400MS/sec high resolution digitiser heralds M3i release
Click here for previous releases in 2007:-
  • 64 bit Windows and Linux drivers arrive for M2i
  • Full LABVIEW™ support for all M2i boards
  • Docking Station for PCI-Express Cards
  • Spectrum expands range to incorporate PCI-Express card connectivity
  • Clock and trigger distribution board adds flexibility to system connectivity
  • 125MS/sec Arbitrary Waveform Generators with PCI-Express connectivity
Click here for previous releases in 2006:-
  • Orders now being taken for the new M2i A/D digitisers.
  • New DEWEtron range of rugged portable PC's
  • M2i range extends to digital I/O boards
  • M2i.46xx range gives fast 16 bit resolution and true differential inputs
  • M2i.47xx range provides 16 bit resolution on 16 inputs
Click here for previous releases in 2005:-
  • Tough additions to our range of go anywhere portable PC's. (New rugged Notebooks and a Tablet PC).
  • Easy virtual control panel for waveform generation. (SPeasyGenerator software release )
  • Two slot PCI Docking Station with drive space.
  • Amplifier option adds ±10 V output level to existing Spectrum arbitrary waveform generators.
  • Rugged Notebook Pro PC now with higher specification.
  • Spectrum announces pending release of the second series of digitisers.
Click here for previous releases in 2004:-
  • Spectrum Mega sample CompactPCI and PXI release.
  • Digital pattern generator board Mi72xx with output -2 and +10 volts.
  • Memory efficient Mi7005 dig I/O with 1, 2, 4 bit settings.
  • Disk streaming software SPviewIT.
  • New Spectrum MI/Mc/Mx3027 2 channel 100Ms/s board

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