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Small, fast and powerful new 16 bit digitizers | Spectrum

Small, fast and powerful new 16 bit digitizers
Spectrum Instrumentation announces the first products of a completely new designed digitizer card series. It consists of the new platform-board M2p, which will be the PCIe base for all upcoming products for the next years. The other part is the new 59xx module, which will be available in many variations. M2p platform and 59xx module form 13 different new digitizer cards with lots of options regarding speed and channels.

These products will be the heart of a new mid-range digitizer series which is designed to cover signal frequencies from 1 MHz to 40 MHz. These new products cover applications in the areas of Ultrasound, Laser, Lidar, Radar, Automotive and big physics experiments.

The M2p.59xx series is initially available with three different speed grades of 20 MS/s, 40 MS/s and 80 MS/s and from one to eight channels per card. Based on Spectrum’s unique modular design philosophy, 13 different models can be ordered ensuring a perfect match against the required specifications of customers. More models will be released in 2018.

Each channel has a separate ADC and a fully individual programmable input amplifier with ranges between ±200 mV and ±10 V, programmable input offset for unipolar measurements, programmable input termination of 50 Ω and 1 MΩ and an integrated calibration circuit. Models are available with up to 8 single-ended and up to 4 differential channels.

The reduced card length of 167 mm allows the powerful 16-bit digitizers to fit into much smaller PC systems than before – perfect for compact OEM solutions. A PCIe x4 lane interface dramatically increases the available streaming speed to more than 600 MByte/s – or more than 75 MS/s continuous streaming for 4 channels. That compliments the impressive on-board memory of 1 GByte and enables applications that need continuous data storage or fast online calculations. Intelligent acquisition modes like multiple recording, gated sampling or ABA – the combination of fast and slow continuous acquisition – matches nearly every application demand.

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