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M2p.6531-x4 | Spectrum

16 bit Arbitrary Waveform Generator

  • Up to 40 MS/s on 2 channels
  • 16 bit arbitrary waveform generator
  • Simultaneous signal generation on all channels
  • Output level ±6 V into High Impedance
  • Output level ±3 V into 50 Ohm
  • Fixed trigger to output delay
  • Single-Shot, Loop, Gated, Sequence Mode
  • Marker Output, Digital Outputs
  • Synchronization of up to 16 cards
  • Internal Synchronization with matching Digitizers
  • PCIe x4 Gen1 Interface
  • Works with x4/x8/x16* PCIe slots
  • Software compatible to PCI
  • Sustained streaming mode up to 700 MB/s
  • Direct data transfer to / from CUDA GPU using SCAPP

Application Examples

  • Antenna Arrays
  • Research and Development
  • Stimulus-Response Tests
  • Closed Loop Tests

General Information

he M2p.65xx series offers different versions of arbitrary waveform generators for PCI Express with a maximum output rate of 125 MS/s. These boards allow to generate freely definable waveforms on several channels synchronously. With one of the synchronization options the setup of synchronous multi channel systems is possible as well as the combination of arbitrary waveform generatora with digitizers of the M2p product family. The 512 MSample on-board memory can be used as arbitrary waveform storage or as a FIFO buffer continuously stream data via the PCIe interface. Importantly, the high-resolution 16-bit DACs deliver four times the resolution than AWGs using older 14-bit technology.

In contrast to the parallel PCI buses PCI Express slots contain serial point to point connections. Each connection pair (lane) is able to reach a burst connection speed of 250 MBytes/s. The Spectrum PCI Express cards base on the powerful x4 lane slot type. One advantage of the PCI Express technology is the direct connection of each slot allowing a full transfer bandwidth for each single card. PCI Express is today's bus standard for PC based systems. Spectrum's PCI Express x4 cards can be used in any standard PCI Express slot with x4, x8 or x16. They physically do not fit into one lane (x1) PCIe slots.

FIFO mode

The FIFO mode is designed for continuous data transfer between measurement board and PC memory or hard disk. The read (acquisition) transfer rate reached depends on the motherboard and can be up to 700 MByte/s on a PCI Express x4 Gen1 slot. 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.

Sequence Replay Mode

The sequence mode allows to split the card memory into several data segments of different length. These data segments are chained up in a user chosen order using an additional sequence step memory with the ability to program loops and triggers and to reload data while output is running.

Single Restart

When this mode is activated the data of the on-board memory will be replayed once after each trigger event. As Trigger source one can use the external TTL or 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.

Star-Hub (Optional)

The star-hub is an additional module allowing the phase stable synchronization of up to 16 boards in one system. Independent of the number of boards there is no phase delay between all channels. The star-hub distributes trigger and clock information between all boards. As a result all connected boards are running with the same clock and the same trigger. All trigger sources can be combined with OR allowing all channels of all cards to be trigger source at the same time. The star-hub is available as either piggy-back version (extending the width of the card) or as extension version (extending the length of the card to full length).

External Trigger

All boards can be triggered using a separate external trigger signal with a two level programmable window comparator and a second separate external trigger with a single programmable level comparator. It's possible to use positive or negative edge. An internally recognized trigger event can - when activated by software - be routed to a multi purpose i/o 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.

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.

High Precision PLL

The internal sampling clock of the card is generated using a high precision PLL. This powerful device allows to select the sampling rate with a fine step size making it possible to perfectly adopt to different measurement tasks. Most other cards on the market only allow the setup of fixed sampling rates like 100 MS/s, 50 MS/s, 25 MS/s, 10 MS/s, ... without any possibility to set the sampling rate to any value in between.

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.

Digital Outputs/Marker Outputs

Additional synchronous digital channels (markers) can be replayed phase-stable with the analog data. When this mode is active up to four additional digital marker outputs can be used by reducing the analog resolution of the D/A converter.

Programmable Amplitude

The Spectrum Arbitrary Waveform Generators are equipped with a very wide programmable output 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 C++, Delphi, Visual Basic, C#, J#, VB.Net, Java, 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.

Remote Server (Optional)

Using the Spectrum Remote Server it is possible to access the M2p/M2i/M3i/M4i/M4x card(s) installed in one PC (server) from another PC (client) via local area network (LAN), similar to using a digitizerNETBOX. To operate it the remote server option has to be activated by a software license for any of the Spectrum cards in the remote system.

SBench6

SBench 6 is a powerful and intuitive interactive measurement software. Besides the possibility to commence the measuring task immediately, without programming, SBench 6 combines the setup of hardware, data display, oscilloscope, transient recorder, waveform generator, analyzing functions, import and export functions under one easy-to-use interface.

SCAPP - CUDA Interface (Optional)

The SDK option allows to directly transfer data between the Spectrum card and a NVIDA CUDA GPU card. The GPU card is optimized for parallel data processing. The package comes with a number of detailed examples like FFT or block average.

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
m2p65_datasheet_english.pdfData sheet of the M2p.65xx series14.05.19797 kBytes
m2p_65xx_manual_english.pdfManual of M2p.65xx family10.05.197 MBytes
spcm_ivi_english.pdfShort Manual for IVI Driver10.05.19525 kBytes
m2p_xxxx_labview_english.pdfManual for LabVIEW drivers for M2p10.05.191 MBytes
spcm_matlab_manual_english.pdfManual for MATLAB driver M2i/M2p/M3i/M4i/M4x/DN2/DN610.05.19666 kBytes
WINDOWS Drivers + Software
File NameInfoLast modifiedFile Size
spcm_drv_install_5.8.15960.exeM2i/M3i/M4i/M4x/M2p/DN2/DN6 driver for Windows 7, 8, 10 (32/64 bit)10.05.194 MBytes
c_header_v508b15960.zipC/C++ driver header and library files10.05.1938 kBytes
spcmcontrol_install32bit.exeSpectrum Control Center (32-bit) / Windows 7, 8, 1010.05.1920 MBytes
spcmcontrol_install64bit.exeSpectrum Control Center (64-bit) / Windows 7, 8, 1010.05.1922 MBytes
specfgen.msiIVI Driver for IVI FGen class10.05.192 MBytes
spcm_remote_install.exeWindows Installer for Remote Server Option10.05.192 MBytes
spcm_drv_labview_install.exeM2i/M2p/M3i/M4i/M4x/DN2/DN6 LabView driver installer10.05.1915 MBytes
spcm_drv_matlab_install.exeM2i/M2p/M3i/M4i/M4x/DN2/DN6 Matlab driver + examples installer10.05.193 MBytes
examples_install.exeWindows Examples (C/C++, VB, Delphi, .NET, CVI, Python ...)10.05.192 MBytes
LINUX Drivers + Software
File NameInfoLast modifiedFile Size
spcm_linux_drv_v508b15960.tgzM2i/M2p/M3i/M4i/M4x drivers (Kernel + Library) for Linux 32 bit and 64 bit10.05.196 MBytes
spcm_linux_libs_v508b15960.tgzDriver libraries (no Kernel) for Linux 32 bit and 64 bit10.05.192 MBytes
spcm_control_center.tgzSpectrum Control Center10.05.1950 MBytes
spcm_remote_server.tgzSpectrum Remote Server Linux Installer Package10.05.195 kBytes
spcm_matlab_driver.tgzDrivers + examples for MATLAB for Linux (DEB + RPM)10.05.19171 kBytes
spcm_examples.tgzLinux Examples (C/C++, Python ...)10.05.192 MBytes
Firmware
File NameInfoLast modifiedFile Size
spcm_firmware.tgzM2i/M2p/M3i/M4i/M4x firmware update (Linux)10.05.1915 MBytes
firmware_update_install.exeM2i/M2p/M3i/M4i/M4x firmware update (Windows)10.05.1911 MBytes
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
Digitizer Software IntegrationSoftware Support for Modular Digitizers19.02.15707 kBytes
Trigger and SyncTrigger, Clock and Synchronization Details at high-speed Digitizers19.02.151 MBytes
SBench 6 IntroductionSBench 6 - Data Acquisition and Analysis of Digitizer Data19.02.151 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
RF MeasurementsRF Measurements using a modular Digitizer19.02.15818 kBytes
Teaming AWG with DigitizerTeaming an Arbitrary Waveform Generator with a Modular Digitizer11.01.16897 kBytes

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