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Ultra fast arbitrary waveform generators cards


This webpage provides information and links to all the Spectrum programmable waveform generator cards


generatorNETBOX with Ethernet connectivity M4i (PCIe x8-lane) and M4x (PXIe x4-lane) awg cards M2p PCIe multi-channel AWG card
Spectrum generatorNETBOX

Available in two enclosure sizes. The DN2 (up to 16 channels) and the DN6 (up to 48).

The generatorNETBOX utilises the fast M2p and M4i waveform generation instrumentation card technology described on this page, all contained within a robust enclosure with all the power and cooling considerations taken care of. This system is ready to use. Simply attach to the Gbit Ethernet port of a computer and use the "discovery" facility in the supplied software to install the generatorNETBOX automatically. Combine with a notebook PC and DC option for portability, or within an extended Ethernet network which may include more generatorNETBOX units. Each unit includes its own Web server which gives the facility to remotely view and configure the setup. It also has its own IP address so that captured data can be streamed back over the network to a client PC. The generatorNETBOX is very portable and can be taken with the operator, (e.g within a vehicle) using a notebook PC and DC option. For complete independence from a host computer, an embedded server option, with installed CPU, RAM and SSD is also available as an option.

The generatorNETBOX docking station package includes SBench6 Professional for easy set up, log, view and signal processing of data. whilst Windows/Linux drivers provide programming in MATLAB™, LabVIEW™, or one of the popular programming languages such as Visual Basic or C.

For the ultimate in versatility consider the NEW hybridNETBOX, This combines signal capture and generation in one multi-channel system.
Spectrum M4i and M4x programmable waveform generator cards:

Using a high bandwidth x8-lane PCI Express Gen 2.0 interface, data streaming direct to the PC is greatly enhanced. This makes the M4i & M4x card series of particular value to users generating signals over longer periods at hundreds of MHz. This is aided by a deep 4 GByte on-board memory. Utilising a new generation of high resolution 16 bit D/A converter, replay speeds up to 1.25 giga samples per second are possible. Even at these speeds an amplitude of +/2V into 50 Ohm can be generated (+/- 4V into a high impedance load). Replay can be single shot or loop and the sequence generation mode allows complex multiple changes of signal to be pre-programmed in. This makes it an excellent instrument for a test system.

Three digital I/O lines are also present on the card, the outputs configurable to be polled on demand or synchronous to sampling. Ideal for positional, status monitoring and control.

Up to 8 cards can be perfectly clock and trigger synchronised to provide up to 32 replay channels.

The M4i & M4x series share the same well proven software driver set as the M2p AWG cards opposite. The versatile Windows® and Linux® drivers support all popular text programming languages, as well as packages such as LabVIEW® and MATLAB®.

More information on all features can be found by following the image link in the table below.
Spectrum M2p programmable waveform generator cards:

The Spectrum M2p cards provide excellent performance for many applications requiring a high frequency generated signal, examples include telecommunications, radar, and ultrasonics...to name but a few.

These high-speed arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) cards provide output update rates of up to 125 mega samples/second and 16 bit amplitude resolution. Using the high voltage output version, signal amplitudes even at maximum output frequency, will attain +/- 6V into a 50 ohm load, +/- 12V into 1 mega ohm. The M2p AWG comes with two D/A speeds 40 MS/s and 125 MS/s and the ability to generate synchronous signals from 1 to 8 channels (depending on the model chosen). All M2p AWG cards have 1 GByte on-board memory for data storage and this maybe combined with data upload from the host system PC RAM and hard drive allowing very long waveform files to be run. This is achieved using Spectrum's special "FIFO mode" where M2p uses a x4-lane PCI-Express interface to provide streaming speeds up to 700 Mbytes per second.

Three digital I/O lines are also present on the card, the outputs configurable to be polled on demand or synchronous to sampling. Potentially useful for instrument control and timing.

Up to 16 cards can be perfectly clock and trigger synchronised to provide up to 128 replay channels.

M2p replaces the earlier M2i waveform generators, but does share the same well proven software driver set. This follows the practice of supporting both existing and new users. Windows® and Linux® programming drivers are provided, plus examples to show the main operational features

More information on all features can be found by following the image link in the table below.
 

Spectrum's arbitrary waveform generator hardware summary

indexbar (1K) Up to 4 fully synchronous channels on one card
indexbar (1K) Programmable amplitude
indexbar (1K) Programmable output offset on M2p models
indexbar (1K) Synchronisation of multiple cards possible, both for signal output and trigger
indexbar (1K) Versatile trigger features with fast auto re-arm
indexbar (1K) Large standard memory, 4 GBytes on M4i & M4x, 1GByte on M2p and up to 12 Gbytes on the generatorNETBOX
indexbar (1K) Multiple Replay / Gated Replay with pre-trigger, post-trigger
indexbar (1K) Programmable Sequence Replay Mode, dynamic change to new signal on event, or loop
indexbar (1K) Optimised clock section, internal or external clock reference
indexbar (1K) All cards have a multi-lane PCI-Express interface for ultra high speed data streaming from the PC*
indexbar (1K) Versatile and wide ranging software support, all cards use a universal driver set for Windows® and Linux®
 
 
*Gen2 x8-lane PCI-express currently provides the best streaming performance within the Spectrum AWG range
Find out more about PCI-Express. Click here for more information
IMPORTANT
A dedicated fan for cooling the card bay of your PC, hence inserted cards, is essential. This is taken care of in the generatorNETBOX.

hybridNETBOX multi-channel model - link to information page

Spectrum's hybridNETBOX combines signal capture and generation in a single robust enclosure. It even provides digital I/O for control and synchronisation to external equipment. Perfect for test and measurement systems that need to perform automated closed-loop or stimulus-response type testing. It is also a cost effective way to have a universal fast signal generation and logging system, ready to take on many varied tasks. The Gbit Ethernet port connection allows easy direct connection to a computer, or anywhere on a network.

In common with all NETBOX systems the hybridNETBOX includes SBench6 Professional for easy set up of signal logging, replay, viewing of data and signal processing. Windows/Linux drivers provide also facilitate programming in MATLAB™, LabVIEW™, or the programming languages such as Visual Basic or C.
Click here for more details on the hybridNETBOX!




D/A SIGNAL CAPTURE SELECTION TABLES - Ethernet/LXI enclosure format

The NETBOX is suitable for connection to many types of computers including notebook PCs. The unit can be placed close to the computer or remotely on a LAN. Sampling speeds shown below are the maximum, however slower converters are fitted to certain models to best match the application and help ensure the most cost effective solution.

generatorNETBOX DN2 & DN6
MODEL SERIES
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RESOLUTIONMAXIMUM SAMPLE RATE
(GS/s = Giga samples per second)
(MS/s = Mega samples per second)
NUMBER OF CHANNELS
generatorNETBOX navigation image 16 bit1.25GS/s1 to 24
hybridNETBOX DN2 (signal capture & generation)
hybridNETBOX navigation image 8 to 16 bit500MS/s A/D, 1.25GS/s D/A1 to 8 (A/D), 1 to 8 (D/A)


D/A WAVEFORM GENERATOR CARD SELECTION TABLES - PCI-Express card format

This versatile generator card range fits into a wide range of computers, most commonly a desktop but also some types of industrial computers too. A choice of two D/A converter speeds are available in each model series. It is possible to program a wide range of generator output speeds up to the maximum shown and a voltage swing up to +/-12 volts if using one of the M2p series cards.


M4i (PCIe x8-lane)
MODEL SERIES
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RESOLUTIONMAXIMUM SAMPLE RATE
(MS/s = mega samples per second)
NUMBER OF CHANNELS
M4i.66xx card navigation imageM4i.66xx 16 bit1.25 GS/s1 , 2 , 4
M4x (3U PXIe - x4 lane)
PXIe card navigation imageM4x.66xx 16 bit1.25 GS/s1 , 2 , 4

M2p (PCIe - x4 lane)
MODEL SERIES
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RESOLUTIONMAXIMUM SAMPLE RATE
(MS/s = mega samples per second)
NUMBER OF CHANNELS
M2p.65xx navigation imageM2p.65xx 16 bit125MS/s1, 2, 4, 8

For existing users of the older M2i.60xx series AWG cards, who simply wish for a drop-in replacement we can still supply, however the MOQ is 10. Please contact us for further information.