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MX.6011 | Spectrum

14 bit Arbitrary Waveform Generator

  • Up to 20 MS/s on 2 channels
  • Simultaneous generation on all channels
  • Output up to +/-3 V in 50 Ohm
  • Offset and amplitude programmable
  • Up to 64 MSample on-board memory
  • 32 MSample standard memory installed
  • 3 software selectable filters
  • Amplifier option available for ±10 V
  • Synchronization possible
  • CompactPCI/PXI 3U compatible
  • Supporting PXI star trigger
  • Supporting PXI trigger bus
  • Supporting PXI reference clock

Application Examples

  • IQ Base signal generation
  • Production tests
  • Replay of acquired test data
  • Radar signal simulation

General Information

The MX.60xx series offers 4 different versions of arbitrary waveform generators for the CompactPCI bus. With these boards it is possible to generate free definable waveforms on several channels synchronously. There are one or two channels on one board with a maximum sampling rate of 125 MS/s. The internal standard Sync-bus allows the setup of synchronous multi channel systems with higher channel numbers. It is also possible to combine the arbitrary waveform generator with other boards of the MX product family like analogue or digital acquisition boards. With the up to 64 MSample large on-board memory long waveform can be generated even with high sampling rates. The memory can be used also as a FIFO buffer to make continuous data transfer from PC memory or hard disk.

Based on the CompactPCI 3U standard the PXI (PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation) enhancement was defined especially for the measurement user. In this specification additional lines for measure ment purposes are defined. There is a high-quality 10 MHz reference clock, as well as a star trigger and a trigger bus. The Spectrum boards support all these features, most notably with the help of the reference clock and the star trigger module for an easy combination of products - in including those from different companies. Since September 2003 Spectrum is a member of the PXI system alliance. The Spectrum PXI cards run in a plain CompactPCI 3U slot as well as in a dedicated PXI 3U slot. If using the MX series in a plain CompactPCI slot the PXI features will not be available.

FIFO mode

The FIFO mode is designed for continuous data transfer between measurement board and PC memory (with up to 100 MByte/s) or hard disk. The control of the data stream is done automatically by the driver on interrupt request. The complete installed on-board memory is used for buffer data, making the continuous streaming extremely reliable.

Repeated Output

When repeated output is used the data of the on-board memory is replayed continuously until a stop command is executed or N times. As trigger source one can use the external TTL trigger or the software trigger.

Singleshot Output

When singleshot output is activated the data of the on-board memory is replayed exactly one time. As trigger source one can use the external TTL trigger or the software trigger.

PXI Star Trigger Card (Optional)

The MX.9010 is a special PXI star trigger card designed for the Spectrum PXI products. It allows to route clock and trigger synchronously to all PXI slots that are connected to the star trigger slot. The PXI reference clock is overwritten and external trigger events are synchronized to the sampling clock.

External Trigger

All boards can be triggered using an external TTL signal. It's possible to use positive or negative edge also in combination with a programmable pulse width. An internally recognized trigger event can - when activated by software - be routed to the trigger connector to start external instruments.

Gated Replay

The Gated Sampling option allows data replay controlled by an external gate signal. Data is only replayed if the gate signal has a programmed level.

Multiple Replay

The Multiple Replay option allows the fast repetition output on several trigger events without restarting the hardware. With this option very fast repetition rates can be achieved. The on-board memory is divided in several segments of same size. Each of them is generated if a trigger event occurs.

PXI Trigger

The Spectrum cards support star trigger as well as the PXI trigger bus. using a simple software commend one or more trigger lines can be used as trigger source. This feature allows the easy setup of OR connected triggers from different cards.

External Clock

Using a dedicated connector a sampling clock can be fed in from an external system. It's also possible to output the internally used sampling clock to synchronize external equipment to this clock.

PXI Reference Clock

The card is able to use the 10 MHz reference clock that is supplied by the PXI system. Enabled by software the PXI reference clock is feeded in the on-board PLL. This feature allows the cards to run with a fixed phase relation.

Reference Clock

The option to use a precise external reference clock (normally 10 MHz) is necessary to synchronize the board for high-quality measurements with external equipment (like a signal source). It's also possible to enhance the quality of the sampling clock in this way. The driver automatically generates the requested sampling clock from the fed in reference clock.

10 V Amplifier Card (Optional)

The amplifier board allows the output of +/-10 V on up to four channels without software modification. The standard outputs of the card are amplified by factor 3.33. The amplifier which has 30 MHz bandwidth has an output impedance of 50 Ohm. This allows +/-10 V with high impedance termination or +/-5 V with 50 ohm termination.

Digital Outputs (Optional)

This option outputs additional synchronous digital channels phase-stable with the analog data. When this option is installed there are 2 additional digital outputs for every analog D/A channel.

Programmable Offset + Amplitude

The Spectrum Arbitrary Waveform Generators are equipped with a very wide programmable output offset and amplitude. This allows to adapt the output signal level to the needs of the stimulated device while also having the maximum output resolution available for the signal.

3rd Party Drivers

A lot of third-party products are supported by the Spectrum driver. Choose between LabVIEW, MATLAB, LabWindows/CVI and IVI. All drivers come with examples and detailed documentation.

Programming Examples

Programming examples for Microsoft Visual C++, Borland C++ Builder, Gnu C++ (CygWin), Borland Delphi, Microsoft Visual Basic, C#, J#, VB.Net, Python and LabWindows/CVI are delivered with the driver. Due to the simple interface of the driver, the integration in other programming languages or special measurement software is an easy task.

Linux

All cards are delivered with full Linux support. Pre compiled kernel modules are included for the most common distributions like RedHat, Fedora, Suse, Ubuntu or Debian. The Linux support includes SMP systems, 32 bit and 64 bit systems, versatile programming examples for Gnu C++ as well as the possibility to get the driver sources for own compilation.

Windows

This standard driver is included in the card delivery and it is possible to get the newest driver version free of charge from our homepage at any time. There are no additional SDK fees for the classical text-based programming. All boards are delivered with drivers for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10, all 32 bit and 64 bit.

Documents
File NameInfoLast modifiedFile Size
mx60_datasheet_english.pdfDatasheet of the MX.60xx family29.08.17211 kBytes
mx60_manual_english.pdfManual of MX.60xx family29.08.172 MBytes
awg_amp_datasheet_english.pdfAWG Amplifier PCIe/PCI/PXI Card data sheet17.11.17170 kBytes
sbench6_datasheet_english.pdfData sheet of SBench 629.08.17737 kBytes
mi60xx_labview_english.pdfLabVIEW Manual for MI/MC/MX.60xx28.05.13203 kBytes
matlab_manual_english.pdfManual for MATLAB drivers for MI/MC/MX28.05.1368 kBytes
sbench6_manual_english.pdfManual for SBench 629.08.176 MBytes
WINDOWS Drivers + Software
File NameInfoLast modifiedFile Size
drv_7_8_10_32bit_v409b13000.zipMI/MC/MX/PCI.xxx Windows 7/8/10 32 Bit Drivers22.03.17388 kBytes
drv_7_8_10_64bit_v409b13000.zipMI/MC/MX/PCI.xxx Windows 7/8/10 64 Bit Drivers22.03.17589 kBytes
drv_98_2k_32bit_v339b5632.zipMI/MC/MX/PCI.xxx Windows 98/NT 32 Bit Drivers22.03.17344 kBytes
drv_xp_vista_32bit_v408b8515.zipMI/MC/MX/PCI.xxx Windows XP/Vista 32 Bit Drivers22.03.17372 kBytes
drv_xp_vista_64bit_v408b8515.zipMI/MC/MX/PCI.xxx Windows XP/Vista 64 Bit Drivers22.03.17565 kBytes
sbench5_install.exeSBench 5 Installer29.08.174 MBytes
sbench6_v6.4.0b13853.exeSBench 6 (32-bit) Installer29.08.1731 MBytes
sbench6_64bit_v6.4.0b13853.exeSBench 6 (64-bit) Installer29.08.1734 MBytes
speasygenerator_install.zipSPEasyGenerator installer29.08.175 MBytes
micx_drv_labview_install.exeMI / MC / MX LabVIEW Driver22.03.177 MBytes
micx_drv_matlab_install.exeMI / MC / MX MATLAB driver + examples22.03.17696 kBytes
micx_examples_install.exeMI / MC / MX Examples for C/C++, Delphi, VB, LabWindows/CVI, ...22.03.17649 kBytes
LINUX Drivers + Software
File NameInfoLast modifiedFile Size
micx_linux_drv_v409b13000.tgzMI / MC / MX Linux 32 bit and 64 bit Drivers22.03.1717 MBytes
sbench6_6.4.00b13853-2_i386.debSBench 6 Linux 32 (.deb)29.08.1724 MBytes
sbench6-6.4.00b13853-1.32bit.rpmSBench 6 Linux 32 (.rpm)29.08.1723 MBytes
sbench6_6.4.00b13853-2_amd64.debSBench 6 Linux 64 (.deb)29.08.1724 MBytes
sbench6-6.4.00b13853-1.64bit.rpmSBench 6 Linux 64 (.rpm)29.08.1723 MBytes
samples_gnu.tgzMI / MC / MX Linux Examples (C/C++)23.03.1752 kBytes
Product Note
NameInfoLast modifiedFile Size
Create & Capture AWG WaveformsCreating , Capturing and Transferring Waveforms for AWG's using SBench 628.08.152 MBytes
AWG WaveformsCreating AWG Waveforms in SBench 6 using Equations08.07.15467 kBytes
Trigger and SyncTrigger, Clock and Synchronization Details at high-speed Digitizers19.02.151 MBytes
Application Note
NameInfoLast modifiedFile Size
Introduction to Modular Arbitrary Function GeneratorsAn Introduction to Modular Arbitrary Function Generators04.04.16684 kBytes
Arbitrary Waveform Generator Operating ModesUsing Arbitrary Waveform Generator Operating Modes Effectively04.04.16469 kBytes
Teaming AWG with DigitizerTeaming an Arbitrary Waveform Generator with a Modular Digitizer11.01.16897 kBytes

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