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2-channel,125 MS/s 8-bit AWG PCI Express card debuts

Posted: 05 Dec 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:I&Q signal generation; HDTV signal generation; laser positioning 


Strategic Test has announced the UF2e-6110 two-channel 125MS/s 8-bit Arbitrary Waveform Generator (AWG) PCI Express card.

With synchronous multi-channel capability, the AWG card is well suited for creating complex waveforms in applications that include I&Q signal generation, radar system development, communications testing, laser positioning, and HDTV signal generation.

Each channel has its own 8-bit Digital-to-Analogue Converter (DAC) to ensure synchronous output and a choice of three reconstruction filters (5th and 4th order Butterworth lowpass) giving bandwidths of 25MHz, 5MHz or 500kHz. A no-filter option is also software-selectable.

Typical dynamic specifications include signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of better than 60.9dB, total harmonic distortion (THD) of less than 69.1dB and spurious-free dynamic range (SFDR) greater than 71.9dB.

The board is supplied with 64 mega samples of signal memory as standard, but can be expanded to 4 giga samples through a proprietary onboard DIMM module.

As with all UltraFast AWG boards, the signals can be downloaded to on-board memory, output one time, or continuously until stopped, or continuously streamed gap-free from the host PC RAM or hard disks.

The following options are available allowing the user to customise the instrument:

−Onboard memory: 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048 or 4096 MegaSamples

−Multiple replay (memory segmentation)

−Gated replay (output clock controlled by external TTL signal)

−Star Hub (synchronisation of up to 5 or 16 boards, or 5 to 16 PC's. Can be used with Digitiser and Digital I/O boards to create mixed mode systems)

−BaseXIO (adds 8 asynchronous digital I/O lines)

−Amplifier board (increases output range from ±3 V to ±10 V)

Strategic Test also claims to provide the industry's most comprehensive software support with the available software development kits: Windows Vista and XP64, XP, 2000, NT and 98; Linux drivers for RedHat, Suse, Fedora and Debian; MATLAB; LabVIEW; Agilent-VE; LabWindows/CVI and DASYLab.

Prices start at Rs.1.89 lakh ($4790). All UltraFast boards are supplied with the free-of-charge SBench software that allows users to generate and output waveforms without programming. SBench is available for both Windows and Linux.

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