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Ultra fast arbitrary waveform generators cards


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


M2p PCIe multi-channel AWG card M4i (PCIe x8-lane) and M4x (PXIe x4-lane) awg cards
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 125MS samples/second and 16 bit amplitude resolution. Output signal amplitudes even at maximum output frequency attain +/- 3V into 50 ohm load, +/- 6V into a 1 M 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 may be 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".M2p uses a x4-lane PCI-Express interface allowing 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 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 / M4i / M4x series card feature 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
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) 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®
 
 
*Gen 2 multi-lane PCI-express currently provides the best streaming performance within the Spectrum 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.

generatorNETBOX - link to information page

Spectrum's generatorNETBOX places the ultra fast instrumentation card technology described on this page into a robust enclosure that can be attached to the Gbit Ethernet port of a computer. Combine with a notebook PC and DC option for portability, or within an extended Ethernet network which may include more generatorNETBOX units. This 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 waveform signal data can be streamed from 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 upgrade option.

The generatoNETBOX docking station package includes SBench6 Professional for easy set up, generation of standard waveforms (sine, square etc), load in data for any signal shape, or generate signals from user defined mathematical formula. Windows/Linux drivers also provide programming support for MATLAB™, LabVIEW™, or one of many popular languages such as Visual Basic or C. Interested? Click here for more details and a complete list of models!




D/A WAVEFORM GENERATOR CARD SELECTION TABLES - Format PCI-Express

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 A/D converter speeds are available in each model series. It is possible to program a wide range of generator output speeds below the maximum speeds shown.

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 bit40 or 125MS/s1, 2, 4, 8

For existing users of the older M2i.60xx, and 61xx series AWG cards, who simply wish for a drop-in replacement, we can still supply. Please contact us for further information.

M4i (PCIe x8-lane)
M4i.66xx card navigation imageM4i.66xx 16 bit625 or 1250 MS/s1 , 2 , 4


D/A WAVEFORM GENERATOR CARDS SELECTION TABLES - Formats 3U PXI-Express & PXI

This extensive card range provides a particularly modular and robust format, very popular in the industrial environment. The latest generation 3U PXIe format cards are represented by the M4x range. All are notable by the fact that synchronisation and triggering is neatly connected across the back-plane of the mating enclosure.

M4x (3U PXIe - x4 lane)
MODEL SERIES
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RESOLUTIONMAXIMUM SAMPLE RATE
(MS/s = mega samples per second)
NUMBER OF CHANNELS
PXIe card navigation imageM4x.66xx 16 bit625 or 1250 MS/s1 , 2 , 4