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M2i.49xx - 8 channel 60 MS/s digitizer | Spectrum

Transient Recorder Card with 16 Bit and 60 MS/s
The new developed M2i.49xx series covers the mid range sampling speed from 10 MS/s up to 60 MS/s and offers up to 8 synchronous channels with 16 bit resolution and a huge variety of features like single-ended/true differential inputs as well as synchronous digital inputs option. Besides this the already known features like large on-board memory, Multiple Recording, Timestamps and ABA mode.

After releasing a lot of high speed digitizer cards up to GHz range in the last years, Spectrum GmbH this year releases the 49xx series, a completely new designed product for mid range. The 12 different cards offer an outstanding signal quality as well as a bunch of new features and replace several older transient recorder families with 12 bit and 14 bit resolution. The development team at Spectrum GmbH, one of the pioneers in the PC instrumentation area and more than 20 years present on the market, has incorporated many customers wishes and improvements into the new product line. The cards are available for PCI Express bus as well as for PCI/PCI-X bus and offer four or eight synchronous 16 bit A/D channels with sampling rates between 10 MS/s and 60 MS/s. Each two of the single-ended inputs can be switched to one true differential input by software command. With this feature Spectrum offers for the first time all their customers in the area of Industry, OEM, System Integrators and R&D a full range of digitizers with true differential inputs. Taking also the already released M2i.46xx series into account one can now build-up a high quality transient recorder with differential or single-ended inputs with sampling rates between 250 kS/s and 60 MS/s and up to 128 synchronous channels.
A completely new digital input option concept allows to acquire up to 32 synchronous digital input channels by multiplexing them into the analog data in different ways. Each 16 digital inputs can either replace one analog channel or each 2/4 digital inputs can be stored together with an analog channel with reduced resolution.

All features of the new card are fully supported by Spectrum’s own software SBench 6. SBench 6 has been optimized to handle several GByte large signals and is running natively under Windows and Linux, both 32 bit and 64 bit. With this SBench is the first out-of-the-box measurement software with full Linux support. The internal software separation between streaming engine and user interface makes it possible to take advantage of the full hardware performance. With this a constant transfer rate to hard disk RAID array of more than 200 MB/s is easy to achieve.

SBench 6 has been designed for the Spectrum PC instruments and supports all usage modes and settings of the hardware with comfortable setup dialogs. The software is able to run the cards in oscilloscope mode as well as long time transient recording mode (streaming mode). A special feature of SBench 6 is the segmented view that allows to display segment based signals together with signals of a second time base (ABA mode) as well as highly precise timestamps.
Customers who want to program by themselves can use the proven SPCM driver for Windows and Linux which are included in the delivery. A set of standard programming examples is provided to illustrate the boards main signal capture functions. Extensive support includes Visual C++, Borland C++, Gnu C++, Visual Basic, VB.NET, C#, J# and Delphi code.
A 2-year manufacturer guarantee is standard for all Spectrum hardware products. Drivers, software and firmware updates are available free of charge as it is the support given directly by the developer engineers themselves.

Author: Spectrum Instrumentation