16 bit Arbitrary Waveform Generator
The generatorNETBOX DN6.66x arbitrary waveform generators (AWG) deliver the highest performance in both speed and resolution. The series includes LXI units with either 6 to 24 fully synchronous channels. The large onboard memory can be segmented to replay different waveform sequences.
Facts & Features:
- Up to 1.25 GS/s on 8 channels
- Fast 16 bit arbitrary waveform generator
- Simultaneous signal generation on all channels
- Output level ±160 mV to ±5 V (625 MS/s) or ±4 V (1.25 GS/s) into High Impedance
- Output level ±80 mV to ±2.5 V (625 MS/s) or ±2.0 V (1.25 GS/s) into 50 Ohm
- Fixed trigger to output delay
- Single-Shot, Loop, Gated, Sequence Mode
- Marker Output, Digital Outputs
- GBit Ethernet/LXI compatible instrument
- Easy connectivity with BNC/SMA connections
- SBench 6 Professional included
- Direct remote access from Workstations or Laptops
- Simple integration into the factory LAN
- MIMO Telecommunications
- Radar Test and Simulation
- Quantum Computing
- Multi-Lane Serial Bus
- Research and Development
FIFO modeThe FIFO mode is designed for continuous data transfer between the digitizerNETBOX and the host PC. The transfer speed is depending on the Ethernet connection between box and host and is in the region of 40 MB/s to 60 MB/s. 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 OutputWhen 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 ModeThe 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 RestartWhen 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 OutputWhen 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.
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 ReplayThe 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 ReplayThe 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.
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 PLLThe 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 ClockThe 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 3 additional digital marker outputs can be used by reducing the analog resolution of the D/A converter.
Additional Digital Marker Outputs (Optional)
This option adds 6 more digital marker outputs to the existing 3 marker outputs making 9 in total. 9 additional synchronous digital channels (markers) can be replayed phase-stable with the analog data. When this mode is active up to 9 additional digital marker outputs can be used by reducing the analog resolution of the D/A converters.
Programmable AmplitudeThe 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.
High Bandwidth Option (Optional)This option is available for all 663x products with 1.25 GS/s. One option is needed per card/internal AWG of a generatorNETBOX. The bandwidth is extended from 400 MHz to 600 MHz. The maximum output level is reduced to ±480 mV. An external reconstruction filter is needed to remove mirror signals that result from higher Nyquist images.
Remote AccessThe digitizerNETBOX can be remotely accessed from any current Windows (starting with Windows XP) 32 bit or 64 bit system or Linux (starting with Kernel 2.6) 32 bit or 64 bit system by Ethernet. The remote access is done in the very exact programming like a locally installed product allowing to use any of the supported software packages.
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, Windows 10 and Windows 11, all 32 bit and 64 bit.
|Product||Channels||Max. Samplerate||Max. Bandwidth|
|DN6.662-12||12||625 MS/s||200 MHz|
|DN6.662-16||16||625 MS/s||200 MHz|
|DN6.662-20||20||625 MS/s||200 MHz|
|DN6.662-24||24||625 MS/s||200 MHz|
|DN6.663-06||6||1.25 GS/s||400 MHz|
|DN6.663-10||10||1.25 GS/s||400 MHz|
|DN6.663-12||12||1.25 GS/s||400 MHz|
|On different platforms||Bus||Max. Bus Transfer speed|
|M4i.6631-x8||PCI Express x8||3000 MByte/s|
|M4x.6631-x4||PXI Express||1700 MByte/s|
Data sheet of generatorNETBOX DN6.66x
Manual of generatorNETBOX DN2.66x and DN6.66x family
|M4i LabVIEW Manual||
Manual for LabVIEW drivers for M4i / M4x
WINDOWS DRIVER + SOFTWARE
M2p/M4i/M4x/M5i/M2i/M3i/DN2/DN6 driver for Windows 7, 8, 10, 11 (32/64 bit)
C/C++ driver header and library files
IVI Driver for IVI FGen class (32 bit)
|Control Center (32-bit)||
Spectrum Control Center (32-bit) / Windows 7, 8, 10
|Control Center (64-bit)||
Spectrum Control Center (64-bit) / Windows 7, 8, 10, 11
|Control Center WinXP||
Spectrum Control Center - last Version for Windows XP
SBench 6 (32-bit) Installer / Windows 7, 8, 10
SBench 6 (64-bit) Installer / Windows 7, 8, 10, 11
SBench6 - last Version for Windows XP
M2p/M4i/M4x/M5i/M2i/M3i/DN2/DN6 Matlab driver + examples installer
|Examples for Windows||
Windows Examples (C/C++, .NET, Delphi, Java, Python, Julia ...)
LINUX DRIVER + SOFTWARE
|Linux Driver Library||
Driver libraries (no Kernel) for Linux 32 bit and 64 bit
Spectrum Control Center
SBench 6 Linux 32 (.rpm)
SBench 6 Linux 64 (.rpm)
SBench 6 Linux 32 (.deb)
SBench 6 Linux 64 (.deb)
SBench6 Jetson (.deb)
Drivers + examples for MATLAB for Linux (DEB + RPM)
|Examples for Linux||
Linux Examples (C/C++, Python, Julia ...)
|DN2/DN6 Firmware Update||
DN2/DN6 Standard Firmware (install V27 first for updates prior to V27)
|CS AWG for Quantum Research||
Case Study AWG used for Quantum Research at University
|CS AWG Atomic Experiment||
Case Study AWG used for atomic experiments at Stuttgart University
|CS AWG moving Atoms||
Case Study: AWG-card by Spectrum used to move around single atoms
|Trigger and Sync||
Trigger, Clock and Synchronization Details at high-speed Digitizers
|Digitizer Software Integration||
Software Support for Modular Digitizers
|LXI based Digitizers||
LXI based Multi-channel Digitizer Instrument
|SBench 6 Introduction||
SBench 6 - Data Acquisition and Analysis of Digitizer Data
Creating AWG Waveforms in SBench 6 using Equations
|Create & Capture AWG Waveforms||
Creating , Capturing and Transferring Waveforms for AWG's using SBench 6
|Teaming AWG with Digitizer||
Teaming an Arbitrary Waveform Generator with a Modular Digitizer
|Introduction to Modular Arbitrary Function Generators||
An Introduction to Modular Arbitrary Function Generators
|Arbitrary Waveform Generator Operating Modes||
Using Arbitrary Waveform Generator Operating Modes Effectively
|Aircraft Systems Testing||
Testing electronic aircraft systems using modular instruments