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Multi-channel measurement system connects to PC or company network

Spectrum Systementwicklung Microelectronic : 24 October, 2013  (New Product)
Spectrum has launched the DigitizerNetbox, aimed at industrial users, research and development departments, and engineers, that need a high-precision, multi-channel measurement system. The DigitizerNetbox comes with software and can be connected to a PC or company network.
Multi-channel measurement system connects to PC or company network
The DigitizerNetbox is available with 2 to 16 channels of fully synchronous data acquisition. Each channel has its own ADC and its own pre-amplifier, with either 8 or 16 bit resolution and sampling rates up to 200 million samples per second (MS/s).
 
Each amplifier can be individually configured to allow the selection of several different input ranges (from +/-50mV up to +/-10V), 50Ohm or 1MOhm input impedance and AC or DC coupling. Data is stored in an internal 1GB (512MS) memory and readut can be via Ethernet for processing and analysis. The 16 bit analog inputs offer single-ended (referenced to ground) and true differential input mode. All inputs are equipped with BNC connectors eliminating the need for special cabling or adapters.
 
In addition, the DigitizerNetbox offers various recording modes and an extremely comprehensive trigger engine. For example, the two external trigger sources, as well as each input channel, can all be used to produce a valid trigger. Users can select from edge, level, window, spike or pulse width trigger modes. Each individual trigger input can be combined with others to create conditional pattern triggers with standard AND/OR logic. Supported recording modes include single shot (Transient Recording), streaming (FIFO), segmented (Multiple Recording), gated (Gated Sampling) or the combination of segmented and slow chart recorder operation (ABA mode).
 
Controlling and accessing the data collected by the DigitizerNetbox is done by connecting it via GBit Ethernet to a host computer (laptop or workstation) or anywhere on the corporate network. The platform is fully LXI compliant (following Core 2011 Specifications) and offers an IVI compatible interface for the IVI Scope and Digitizer classes.
 
The DigitizerNetbox comes with Spectrum's software SBench 6 Professional. The software supports all the control modes and settings of the hardware through an easy-to-use interface. The software is able to run the cards in oscilloscope mode as well as streaming mode for long time transient recording. A special feature of SBench 6 is the segmented view that displays segment-based signals together with signals acquired with a second time base (ABA mode) along with precise trigger timestamps. Additionally, SBench 6 has a host of built-in features for data analysis and documentation. These include FFT analysis, XY display, a function interpreter, several integrated analysis functions, export into ASCII, Wave, MATLAB, comment functions for signals and display details as well as a simple printout function.
 
Users who want to create their own customised software can do so using the Spectrum drivers for Windows and Linux. The drivers are included, together with a set of standard programming examples to illustrate the instrument's main signal capture functions. Extensive support includes Visual C++, Borland C++, Gnu C++, Visual Basic, VB.NET, C#, J#, Delphi and Python code.
 
Right: "The DigitizerNetbox is fully integrated,"
explained Oliver Rovini, CTO of Spectrum.
"This can replace an assembly of industrial PC,
digitizer card, and software, often from different
sources. Our DigitizerNetbox is ready-to-use,
straight out of the box, pre-tested and configured.
Also, because it is compact, it can also be used
for mobile applications unlike an industrial PC-based system."
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