The Ethernet / LXI high-speed generatorNETBOX
|The Spectrum generatorNETBOX provides a modular way
to generate high-speed waveforms of any shape using an instrument with an industry
standard Gbit Ethernet connection. This connection allows high-speed streaming of
waveform data from any local or remote desktop / notebook PC to the generatorNETBOX,
providing great practical versatility. The waveform update rates can be from
DC all the way up to 1.25 GHz, depending on the model chosen. The clock signal
source can be external or internal to the generatorNETBOX. Software
selectable programmable filters in the output circuity are available should
smoothing of raw output signal be desired.
It is also possible to use the generatorNETBOX in stand-alone operation
with the embedded server option complete with Quad-Core CPU, 4 Gbyte RAM and 128
Gbyte SSD for long term storage of data. This allows a Linux based program of
your own design to process the signal data before generation. We offer a broad range
of models to suit your application. Installation can be within laboratory or
industrial environment, with one or more generatorNETBOX units providing the
required number of channels, with easy connection and configuration. The latest
DN6 series provides up to 24 channels all from one box! The neat, robust and
portable enclosure can be mounted bench-top, in a vehicle, or rack-mounted
using our optional kit.
Please use the datasheet links further down the page below for detailed
technical information on the generatorNETBOX. In addition DataQuest Solutions
is happy to provide advice on any aspect of this instrument. Our customer
care continues after supply with free technical advice on the instrumentation
systems we provide.
- Example applications: Portable testing, bench-top R.F. R&D, remote signal generation
- Easy connectivity and configuration
- Gbit Ethernet communication to one or more generatorNETBOX units
- Up to 24 simultaneously sampling high-speed generator channels per box
- Proven and powerful internal AWG hardware
- SBench6® Professional included for fast menu driven waveform generation
- Drivers for Windows®, Linux®, text code, LabVIEW® and MATLAB® included
- Communicate via Workstation or Notebook PC locally or remotely
- Embedded Quad-Core CPU and 128 Gbyte SSD option provides a stand-alone operation
- Fully LXI approved instrument with virtual instrumentation driver
- Portable, in bench-top configuration, or fixed 19" rack mount
- Rugged case with rubber bump stops & handle. Removable for rack mounting
- Size: 365mm (W) x 265mm (D) x 87mm (H): Equivalent of rackmount 2U
- Weight: 6.3Kg (4 and 8 channels), 6.7Kg (16 channels), +0.5kg (rackmount)
Easy local connectivity
Simply connect the Ethernet cable between your PC and the generatorNETBOX
for local area Giga-bit communication. Extend this to the local intranet within your
organisation if so desired, adding generatorNETBOX units to generate signals in different
areas. The maximum number of channels per box depends on the model chosen. Local
segment operation using CAT5 cable or better, gives up to 100 metre
communication distance, whilst commercially available signal repeaters can extend this.
Waveform signal data can be streamed real time across the Ethernet connection
network at rates typically 70 to 100 MBytes/sec, or generated in bursts at even
higher speed direct from the generatorNETBOX's deep memory.
Easy remote connectivity
The generatorNETBOX has its own internal Web Server that can be accessed locally
or from a remote location. The Web Server provides a Web page for access to
the configuration, status, datasheet and manuals. The page has the option of
password protection. The instrument's IP address acts as a gateway to allow
your PC to communicate via the local area network or the Internet. This works
in conjunction the Spectrum API/driver, for display, processing and transfer
of signal data to the generatorNETBOX. This can be handled by your own text
program or SBench6, which is included in the delivery (more details below).
generatorNETBOX quick configuration and test
Designed for easy installation, the Spectrum Control Center acts as software
interface which performs an automatic search for the generatorNETBOX using
a standard LXI instrument Discovery Tool. By so doing, it returns its location
confirming a successful install and providing a summary of the physical location
(IP and VISA address).
This summary includes hardware configuration, number
of D/A channels, their performance and installed memory. System, programming driver
and firmware updates can also be performed from the Control Center, with version
numbers recorded for additional support information.
What is LXI? (LAN eXtensions for Instrumentation) combines the power of the
Ethernet and Web based systems with emphasis on providing a well sorted, intuitive,
test and measurement interface. This can be for local or remote communication,
be it wired or wireless. The LXI instrument has to meet certain standards and
provide certain features such LAN based communication, including a built in
Web interface and standard driver protocols (e.g. VXI-11). LXI compatible
instrumentation from any manufacturer must be easy to discover on a network,
identified and communicated with.
Software drivers for display, log and analysis
The heart of the generatorNETBOX is the Spectrum arbitrary waveform generation
hardware, this hardware originates from the well proven M2i and M4i series
cards and utilises Spectrum's existing driver set, suitable for both for
Windows® and Linux® environments. This makes the programming of the
generatorNETBOX robust. New users can take advantage of Spectrum's wide range
of code programming examples in popular languages such as C and Visual Basic
to quickly get underway. Whilst anyone who has already used the Spectrum card
series will be immediately familiar with the programming environment. Third-party
programming interfaces MATLAB® and LabVIEW® are also well supported
with .m examples for the former and .vi for the latter, all helping to get
your application built up and running.
SBench6 - the easy software solution
A professional version SBench6 is included with generatorNETBOX, this is a
full working licence, not a trial! It allows the user to easily import and
play signal data, produce waveforms from equations, or simply produce standard
waveforms, without the need for text programming using the pull-down
menus. Take advantage of SBench6 to undertake ultra high-speed signal generation
in short or long replay, where even Gigabytes of data can be handled.
All of the generatorNETBOX hardware settings can be directly accessed from
||Works directly with the generatorNETBOX
||Import and play signal data, produce waveforms from equations
||Easy function generator for standard signals; sine, square, triangle etc.
||No text programming required, quick and easy pull down menus
||Multiple displays including Y(t) and frequency (FFT)
||Enhanced display cursor functions with dynamic XY values
||Available for Windows XP/Vista/Win 7, 8 & 10 plus Linux KDE/Gnome
here for more information!
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