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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.

 
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  • 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)
 

Single generatorNETBOX connected locally and directly by Ethernet link cable (28K)

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 50 to 70Mbyte/sec, or generated in bursts at even higher speed direct from the generatorNETBOX's deep memory.
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worldwide web connectivity

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).
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generatorNETBOX quick configuration and test


Spectrum Control Center showing information on the installed hardware and its remote address 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 this software.

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indexbar (1K) Works directly with the generatorNETBOX
indexbar (1K) Import and play signal data, produce waveforms from equations
indexbar (1K) Easy function generator for standard signals; sine, square, triangle etc.
indexbar (1K) No text programming required, quick and easy pull down menus
indexbar (1K) Multiple displays including Y(t) and frequency (FFT)
indexbar (1K) Enhanced display cursor functions with dynamic XY values
indexbar (1K) Available for Windows XP/Vista/Win 7, 8 & 10 plus Linux KDE/Gnome
indexbar (1K) Click here for more information!



generatorNETBOX model codes and specifications - DN2.60x series

MODEL (code summary)SINGLE-ENDED CHANNELS -3dB BANDWIDTH*MAX SAMPLING SPEED RESOLUTIONINSTALLED MEMORY
(Mega Sample)
Memory upgrade available
DN2.603-044 channels> 60MHz125MS/sec (2 channels)
62.5MS/sec (4 channels)
14 bit1 x 512MS
DN2.603-088 channels> 60MHz125MS/sec (4 channels)
62.5MS/sec (8 channels)
14 bit2 x 512MS
Link to DN2.603 pdf datasheet PDF datasheet       Link to DN2.603 pdf manual PDF manual

* Bandwidth with no output filter enabled


generatorNETBOX model codes and specifications - DN2.66x series

MODEL (code summary)SINGLE-ENDED CHANNELS -3bB BANDWIDTH*MAX SAMPLING SPEED RESOLUTIONINSTALLED MEMORY
(Giga Sample)
Maximum memory fitted
DN2.661-022 channels200 MHz625MS/sec16 bit1 x 2GS
DN2.662-044 channels200 MHz625MS/sec16 bit1 x 2GS
DN2.662-088 channels200 MHz625MS/sec16 bit2 x 2GS
DN2.663-022 channels400 MHz1.25GS/sec16 bit1 x 2GS
DN2.663-044 channels400 MHz1.25GS/sec16 bit2 x 2GS
Link to DN2.22x pdf datasheet PDF datasheet       Link to DN2.66x pdf manual PDF manual

* Bandwidth with no output filter enabled


generatorNETBOX model codes and specifications - DN6.66x series

MODEL (code summary)SINGLE-ENDED CHANNELS -3bB BANDWIDTH*MAX SAMPLING SPEED RESOLUTIONINSTALLED MEMORY
(Giga Sample)
Maximum memory fitted
DN6.662-1212 channels200 MHz625MS/sec16 bit3 x 2GS
DN6.662-1616 channels200 MHz625MS/sec16 bit4 x 2GS
DN6.662-2020 channels200 MHz625MS/sec16 bit5 x 2GS
DN6.662-2424 channels400 MHz625MS/sec16 bit6 x 2GS
DN6.663-066 channels400 MHz1.25GS/sec16 bit3 x 2GS
DN6.663-88 channels400 MHz1.25GS/sec16 bit4 x 2GS
DN6.663-1010 channels400 MHz1.25GS/sec16 bit5 x 2GS
DN6.663-1212 channels400 MHz1.25GS/sec16 bit6 x 2GS
Link to DN2.22x pdf datasheet PDF datasheet       Link to DN2.66x pdf manual PDF manual (DN6 version currently in preparation)

* Bandwidth with no output filter enabled


DN2 generatorNETBOX options
The front panel of the generatorNETBOX comes as standard with BNC or SMA connectors, depending on model series (see datasheet). For a connector change please ask.
DN2.xxx-Emb Embedded server option with Intel™ Quad-Core CPU, 4 Gbyte RAM and 128 Gbyte SSD. Allows stand-alone operation.
DN2.xxx-1x2GS Memory upgrade 1x 512Msample to 1x 1GSample (model DN2.603-04)
DN2.xxx-2x2GS Memory upgrade 2x 512Msample to 2x 1GSample (model DN2.603-08)
DN2.xxx-RACK 19" rack mounting set
DN2.xxx-DC12 Power generatorNETBOX with 12VDC (converter accepts 9 to 18V)
DN2.xxx-DC24 Power generatorNETBOX with 24VDC (converter accepts 18 to 36V)
DN2.xxx-BTPWR Boot on Power On: the generatorNETBOX automatically boots if power is switched on



DN6 generatorNETBOX options
The front panel of the DN6 generatorNETBOX comes as standard with SMA connectors.
DN6.xxx-Emb Embedded server option with Intel™ Quad-Core CPU, 4 Gbyte RAM and 128 Gbyte SSD. Allows stand-alone operation.
DN6.xxx-RACK 19" rack mounting set
DN6.xxx-BTPWR Boot on Power On: the generatorNETBOX automatically boots if power is switched on


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