The Ethernet / LXI high-speed hybridNETBOX
|The Spectrum hybridNETBOX provides a modular way
to capture and generate record high-speed signals using a single instrument with an industry
standard Gbit Ethernet connection. This connection allows high-speed streaming of
data locally or at a long distance, to a desktop or notebook PC, making for great
versatility. Sampling rates can be from just a few KHz all the way up to 125MHz.
The hybridNETBOX is available with up 8 digitizer (A/D) channels + 8 generator
(D/A)channels all from one box! All channels work synchronously (in-phase)
and also programme the digitizer and generator to operate at different
speeds. To add to this a number of programmable digital I/O lines are are
provided. Often useful for control of external equipment and synchronisation.
The hybridNETBOX can operate in a stand-alone operation by using the
embedded server option, which comes complete with Quad-Core CPU, 4 Gbyte RAM
and a 128 Gbyte SSD for long term storage of data. With this you can even run
your own programs on the unit to process the data. Installation can be within
laboratory or industrial environment, with one or more hybridNETBOX units
providing a high channel count plus easy connection / configuration. The
neat, robust and portable enclosure can be mounted bench-top, in a vehicle,
or rack-mounted using our optional kit.
We offer a broad range of models to suit your application. Please
use the datasheet links further down the page below for detailed technical
information on the hybridNETBOX. Useful options and storage memory upgrades are at
the bottom of this Web page. In addition DataQuest Solutions is happy to provide
free no obligation advice on any aspect of this instrument. Our customer care
continues after supply with free technical advice on the instrumentation systems
- Example Applications: Stimulus-response testing, bus-testing, circuit verification
- Easy connectivity and configuration
- Gbit Ethernet communication. One or more hybridNETBOX units can be used via a hub
- Up to eight synchronous A/D (capture) + eight synchronous D/A (generation) channels
- 6 digital lines, (5 digital I/O + 1 digital output)
- Communicate via Workstation or Notebook PC locally or remotely
- Fully LXI approved instrument with virtual instrumentation driver
- SBench6® - Professional included. Log and generate, view and process data easily
- Drivers for Windows®, Linux®, text code, LabVIEW® and MATLAB® included
- Portable, in bench-top configuration, or fixed 19" rack mount
- Rugged case with rubber bump stops & handle. Removable for rack mounting
Easy local connectivity
Simply connect the Ethernet cable between your PC and the hybridNETBOX
for local area Giga-bit communication. Extend this to the local intranet within your
organisation if so desired, adding hybridNETBOX units to bring in data from different
areas. The maximum number of channels per box depends on the model chosen. Local
segment operation (copper wiring) using CAT5 cable or better, gives up to 100 metre
communication distance, whilst commercially available signal repeaters can extend this.
Signal data can be streamed real time across the Ethernet connection network
at rates typically 70 to 100 MBytes/sec, or in bursts at even higher speed
direct from the hybridNETBOX deep expandable memory.
Easy remote connectivity
The hybridNETBOX 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 retrieve data via the Internet into your programme or the provided
SBench6 software. This works in conjunction the Spectrum API/driver, for display
processing and logging.
hybridNETBOX quick configuration and test
Designed for easy installation, the Spectrum Control Center acts as software
interface which performs an automatic search for the hybridNETBOX 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 channels, sampling speed 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, 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 hybridNETBOX is the Spectrum instrumentation signal
capture and generation hardware, ready-installed within the enclosure. It is based on
the well-proven hardware M2p series cards and utilises the existing driver set,
suitable for both for Windows® and Linux®environments. This
makes the programming of the hybridNETBOX robust and versatile. 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 (including the older M2i and M3i models)
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 hybridNETBOX, this is a
full working licence, not a trial! It allows the user to easily view, log
and process the captured data without text programming using its pull-down
menus. Take advantage of SBench6 to undertake ultra high-speed signal capture
for short or long captures, where even Gigabytes of data can be handled.
All of the hybridNETBOX hardware settings can be directly accessed from
||Works directly with the hybridNETBOX
||No text programming required, quick and easy pull down menus
||Quickly configure the hybridNETBOX to your requirements
||View, log and process the captured signal data
||Import and play signal data, produce waveforms from equations
||Easy function generator for standard signals; sine, square, triangle etc.
||Multiple displays including Y(t) and frequency (FFT)
||Analog and digital signal displays can be combined
||Integrated signal analysis functions
||Import and export filter for data files
||Designed to handle GBytes of data
||Available for Windows XP/Vista/Win 7, 8 & 10 plus Linux KDE/Gnome
here for more information!
hybridNETBOX model codes and specifications - DN2.80x/81x series
|MODEL (code summary)||SINGLE-ENDED CHANNELS
||DIFFERENTIAL CHANNELS||MAX SAMPLING SPEED
||RESOLUTION||AWG OUTPUT LEVEL
|DN2.813-02||2 channel pairs||2 channel pairs||40MS/sec||16 bit||±6V(50Ω) 12V(1mΩ)
|DN2.813-04||4 channel pairs||4 channel pairs||40MS/sec||16 bit||±6V(50Ω) 12V(1mΩ)
|DN2.803-08||8 channel pairs||4 channel pairs||40MS/sec||16 bit||±3V(50Ω) 6V(1mΩ)
|DN2.816-02||2 channel pairs||2 channel pairs||125MS/sec||16 bit||±6V(50Ω) 12V(1mΩ)
|DN2.816-04||4 channel pairs||4 channel pairs||125MS/sec||16 bit||±6V(50Ω) 12V(1mΩ)
|DN2.806-08||8 channel pairs||4 channel pairs||125MS/sec|
80MS/sec (8 channel pairs)
|16 bit||±3V(50Ω) 6V(1mΩ)
|Each channel pair consists of one A/D (signal capture) + one D/A (signal generation).|
Installed memory 2x512 mega samples, (512MS for the digitiser, 512MS for the arbitrary waveform generator).
| PDF datasheet
|DN2 hybridNETBOX options
|The front panel of the hybridNETBOX
comes as standard with BNC connectors. For a connector change (e.g. to SMA or LEMO) please ask.|
||Embedded server option with Intel™ Quad-Core CPU, 4 Gbyte RAM and 128 Gbyte SSD. Allows stand-alone operation.
||19" rack mounting set.
||Power hybridNETBOX on 12VDC (converter accepts 9 to 18V). Screw terminals, AC socket removed.
||Power hybridNETBOX on 24VDC (converter accepts 18 to 36V). Screw terminals, AC socket removed.
||Boot on Power On: the hybridNETBOX automatically boots if power is switched on.
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