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M4i.2212-x8 8 bit high speed digitizer - SPECTRUM Instrumentation
M4i.2212-x8
8 bit high speed digitizer
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M4i.2212-x8

8 bit high speed digitizer

Description:

The 9 models of the M4i.22xx-x8 Express series are designed for the high speed data acquisition. Each of the input channels has its own A/D converter and its own programmable input amplifier. This allows the recording of signals simultaneously on all channels without any phase delay between them. The extremely large on-board memory allows long time recording even with the highest sampling rates. All boards of the M4i.22xx series may use the whole installed on-board memory for the currently activated number of channels. A FIFO mode is also integrated on the board. This allows the acquisition of data continuously for online processing or for data storage to hard disk.

Facts & Features:

  • 1.25 GS/s on 4 channels
  • 500 MHz Bandwidth
  • Simultaneously sampling on all channels
  • Separate ADC and amplifier per channel
  • 4 GSample on-board memory as standard
  • 4 input ranges: ±200 mV up to ±2.5 V
  • Optional input ranges: ±40 mV up to ±500 mV
  • Window, re-arm, OR/AND trigger
  • Synchronization of up to 8 cards
  • PCI Express x8 Gen2 Interface
  • Works with x8/x16 PCIe Gen1 to Gen3 slots
  • Sustained streaming speed card to PC up to 3.4 GB/s
  • Sustained streaming speed PC to card up to 2.8 GB/s
  • Direct data transfer to / from CUDA GPU using SCAPP

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Application examples:

  • High Energy Physics
  • Research and Development
  • Radar
  • Spectroscopy
  • Laser Applications

ABA Mode

The optional ABA mode combines slow continuous data recording with fast acquisition on trigger events. The ABA mode works like a slow data logger combined with a fast digitizer. The exact position of the trigger events is stored as timestamps in an extra memory.

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 3.4 GByte/s on a PCI Express x8 Gen2 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.

Block Average (Optional)

The Block Average Module improves the fidelity of noisy repetitive signals. Multiple repetitive acquisitions with very small dead-time are accumulated and averaged. Random noise is reduced by the averaging process improving the visibility of the repetitive signal.

Block Statistics (Optional)

The Block Statistics and Peak Detect Module implements a widely used data analysis and reduction technology in hardware. Each block is scanned for minimum and maximum peak and a summary including minimum, maximum, average, timestamps and position information is stored in memory.

Ring buffer mode

The ring buffer mode is the standard mode of all acquisition boards. Data is written in a ring memory of the board until a trigger event is detected. After the event the posttrigger values are recorded. Because of this continuously recording into a ring buffer there are also samples prior to the trigger event visible: Pretrigger = Memsize - Posttrigger.

Star-Hub (Optional)

The star-hub is an additional module allowing the phase stable synchronization of up to 8 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).

Channel Trigger

The data acquisition boards offer a wide variety of trigger modes. Besides the standard signal checking for level and edge as known from oscilloscopes it's also possible to define a window trigger. Trigger conditions can be combined with logical conjunctions like OR to adopt to different application scenarios.

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 Sampling

The Gated Sampling option allows data recording controlled by an external gate signal. Data is only recorded if the gate signal has a programmed level. In addition a pre-area before start of the gate signal as well as a post area after end of the gate signal can be acquired. The number of gate segments is only limited by the used memory and is unlimited when using FIFO mode.

Multiple Recording

The Multiple Recording option allows the recording of several trigger events with an extremely short re-arming time. The hardware doesn't need to be restarted in between. The on-board memory is divided in several segments of the same size. Each of them is filled with data if a trigger event occurs. Pre- and posttrigger of the segments can be programmed. The number of acquired segments is only limited by the used memory and is unlimited when using FIFO mode.

Timestamp

The timestamp option writes the time positions of the trigger events in an extra memory. The timestamps are relative to the start of recording, a defined zero time, externally synchronized to a radio clock, or a GPS receiver. With this option acquisitions of systems on different locations can be set in a precise time relation.

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 Quartz

The internal sampling clock of the card is generated using a high precision Quartz Clock which can be divided by a huge number of dividers to generate the sampling clock.

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.

Selectable AC/DC Coupling

Each analog channel contains a software selectable AC/DC coupling. When using the DC coupling all frequency parts of the signal including the DC offset are acquired. Selecting the AC coupling will only acquire frequency parts of the signal that are above a defined minimum bandwidth.

On-board Calibration

The on-board calibration can be run on user request and calibrates the amplifier against a dedicated internal high precision calibration source. After this calibration data is stored permanently in an on-board EEPROM and is automatically used for further acquisitions.

Low Voltage Ranges (Optional)

The option (M4i.22xx-ir40m) for the high-speed 22xx series of digitizer products increases their input sensitivity and therefore absolute resolution for low amplitude signals in the ±40 mV up to ±0.5 V range. This option lets users select more sensitive, full scale ranges so that, even for low amplitude signals, the ADC's complete dynamic range is available.

Programmable Input Amplifiers

The analog inputs can be adapted to real world signals using a wide variety of settings that are individual for each channel. By using software commands the input range can be set to a value matching the real world signals. The high precision, high bandwidth 50 ohm inputs are optimized for acquisition of high bandwidth signals.

Synchronous Sampling

All acquisition cards from Spectrum are built with a completely synchronous design. Every channel has its own independent input amplifier as well as an independent ADC allowing to program all input channel related settings individually for each channel.

Selectable Low Pass Filter

Each analog channel contains a software selectable low-pass filter to limit the input bandwidth. Reducing the analog input bandwidth results in a lower total noise and can be usefull especially with low voltage input signals.

Multi Purpose I/O

All M4i cards offer three universal multi purpose I/O lines, which can be separately programmed as either input or output. When used as outputs, these lines can be used to output card status signals like trigger-armed or to output the trigger to synchronize external equipment.

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#, VB.Net, Java, Python, Julia 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.
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M4i.2220-x8 1 2.50 GS/s 1.50 GHz
M4i.2221-x8 2 2.50 GS/s 1.50 GHz
M4i.2223-x8 2 2.50 GS/s 1.50 GHz
M4i.2230-x8 1 5 GS/s 1.50 GHz
M4i.2233-x8 2 5 GS/s 1.50 GHz
M4i.2234-x8 4 5 GS/s 1.50 GHz
Other platforms
On different platforms Bus Max. Bus Transfer speed
DN2.221-04 Ethernet 70 MByte/s
DN2.221-08 Ethernet 70 MByte/s
DN6.221-12 Ethernet 70 MByte/s
DN6.221-16 Ethernet 70 MByte/s
DN6.221-20 Ethernet 70 MByte/s
DN6.221-24 Ethernet 70 MByte/s
M4x.2212-x4 PXI Express 1700 MByte/s

A/D External Amplifiers (Optional)

Independent external pre-amplifiers allow to acquire extremely small signals with a reasonable quality. The external amplifiers are optimized for low noise inputs. The amplifiers of the SPA series are available with different bandwidth and input impedance options. No programming is needed to operate the amplifiers.

Streaming Systems (Optional)

Combining a number of Spectrum M2p/M2i/M3i/M4i PCIe digitizers with a Tera-Store Data Streaming solution allows the capture and storage of long complex signals for extended periods of time. With systems available offering from 1 to 32 TB of storage and streaming rates up to 3 GB/s signals can be digitized and stored seamlessly for hours on end.

Documents

Legacy Windows Driver Installation

Windows driver installation of driver versions < 4.0

22.02.20220 B
M4i.22xx Datasheet

Data sheet of the M4i.22xx series

17.06.2022824 K
M4i.22xx Manual

Manual of M4i.22xx / M4x.22xx family

17.06.202212 M
M4 Firmware Block Average Datasheet

M4 Series Firmware Option Datasheet: Block Average

21.02.2022348 K
M4 Firmware Block Statistics Datasheet

M4 Series Firmware Option Data sheet: Block Statistics (Peak Detect)

21.02.2022293 K
Streaming System

Datasheet of Spectrum Terastore Streaming System

21.02.2022910 K
IVI Driver Manual

Short Manual for IVI Driver

21.02.2022532 K
SBench 6 data sheet

Data sheet of SBench 6

21.02.20221 M
M4i LabVIEW Manual

Manual for LabVIEW drivers for M4i / M4x

21.02.20223 M
MATLAB Manual

Manual for MATLAB driver M2p/M4i/M4x/M5i/M2i/M3i/DN2/DN6

21.02.2022685 K
SCAPP Manual

SCAPP Manual

21.02.2022448 K
SBench 6 Manual

Manual for SBench 6

21.02.20227 M

WINDOWS DRIVER + SOFTWARE

Driver Win7/8/10/11

M2p/M4i/M4x/M5i/M2i/M3i/DN2/DN6 driver for Windows 7, 8, 10, 11 (32/64 bit)

6.0010.06.20225 M
Win32 Driver WinXP/Vista

M2i/M3i/M4i/M4x driver - last Version for Windows 32 XP / Vista

321.02.20222 M
Win64 Driver WinXP/Vista

M2i/M3i/M4i/M4x driver - last Version for Windows 64 XP / Vista

321.02.20223 M
c_header

C/C++ driver header and library files

6.0010.06.202242 K
Control Center (32-bit)

Spectrum Control Center (32-bit) / Windows 7, 8, 10

2.2814.06.202222 M
Control Center (64-bit)

Spectrum Control Center (64-bit) / Windows 7, 8, 10, 11

2.2814.06.202224 M
Control Center WinXP

Spectrum Control Center - last Version for Windows XP

1.7421.02.20228 M
SBench6 (32-bit)

SBench 6 (32-bit) Installer / Windows 7, 8, 10

6.5.0010.06.202235 M
SBench6 (64-bit)

SBench 6 (64-bit) Installer / Windows 7, 8, 10, 11

6.5.0010.06.202238 M
SBench6 WinXP

SBench6 - last Version for Windows XP

6.3.521.02.202241 M
Remote Server Windows

Windows Installer for Remote Server Option

10.06.202213 M
IVI Digitizer

IVI Driver for IVI Digitizer class (32 bit)

10.06.20223 M
IVI Scope

IVI Driver for IVI Scope class (32 bit)

10.06.20223 M
LabView driver

M2i/M2p/M3i/M4i/M4x/M5i/DN2/DN6 LabView driver installer

10.06.202213 M
Matlab driver

M2p/M4i/M4x/M5i/M2i/M3i/DN2/DN6 Matlab driver + examples installer

10.06.20227 M
Examples for Windows

Windows Examples (C/C++, .NET, Delphi, Java, Python, Julia ...)

6.0010.06.20222 M

LINUX DRIVER + SOFTWARE

Linux Driver Complete

M2p/M4i/M4x/M5i/M2i/M3i drivers (Kernel + Library) for Linux 32 bit and 64 bit

6.0010.06.202212 M
Linux Driver Library

Driver libraries (no Kernel) for Linux 32 bit and 64 bit

6.0010.06.20227 M
Remote Server Linux

Spectrum Remote Server Linux Installer Package

10.06.202212 K
Control Center

Spectrum Control Center

2.2814.06.202251 M
SBench6

SBench 6 Linux 32 (.rpm)

6.5.0010.06.202226 M
SBench6

SBench 6 Linux 64 (.rpm)

6.5.0010.06.202225 M
SBench6

SBench 6 Linux 32 (.deb)

6.5.0010.06.202222 M
SBench6

SBench 6 Linux 64 (.deb)

6.5.0010.06.202222 M
SBench6

SBench6 Jetson (.deb)

6.5.0010.06.202211 M
MATLAB Driver

Drivers + examples for MATLAB for Linux (DEB + RPM)

10.06.2022183 K
Examples for Linux

Linux Examples (C/C++, Python, Julia ...)

6.0010.06.20222 M

Firmware

Firmware Update (Windows)

M2i/M2p/M3i/M4i/M4x firmware update (Windows)

10.06.202214 M
Firmware Update (Linux)

M2i/M2p/M3i/M4i/M4x firmware update (Linux)

10.06.202219 M

Case Studies

CS Mass Spectroscopy

Case Study: Digitizer in Mass Spectroscopy

21.02.2022533 K
CS Atmospheric Lidar

Case Study: Digitizers and AWG used for Atmospheric Research

21.02.2022939 K
CS Digitizer for Cell Sorting

Case Study Fast Digitizer from Spectrum enables breakthrough in cell sorting

21.02.2022851 K
CS Road Radar

Case Study: Digitizers used for intelligent road-radar to detect wild animals

21.02.20223 M

Product Notes

General Digitizer Introduction

General Introduction to Waveform Digitizers

21.02.2022587 K
High-Res High BW Digitizers

Advantages of High Resolution in High Bandwidth Digitizers

21.02.20222 M
Digitizer Acquisition Modes

Using modular Digitizer Acquisition Modes

21.02.20223 M
Digitizer Front-End

Proper Use of Digitizer Front-End Signal Conditioning

21.02.20223 M
Trigger and Sync

Trigger, Clock and Synchronization Details at high-speed Digitizers

21.02.20221 M
Digitizer Software Integration

Software Support for Modular Digitizers

21.02.2022724 K
SBench 6 Introduction

SBench 6 - Data Acquisition and Analysis of Digitizer Data

21.02.20221 M

Application Notes

RF Measurements

RF Measurements using a modular Digitizer

21.02.2022838 K
Signal Processing Tools

Using Signal Processing Tools to enhance Digitizer Data

21.02.2022555 K
Using Probes & Sensors

Using Probes and Sensors with Modular Digitizers

21.02.2022858 K
Digitizers as Oscilloscope

Using a Digitizer as Oscilloscope

21.02.2022845 K
Solving Data Transfer Bottlenecks on Digitizers

Solving Data Transfer Bottlenecks on Digitizers

21.02.20222 M
Teaming AWG with Digitizer

Teaming an Arbitrary Waveform Generator with a Modular Digitizer

21.02.2022919 K
Common Digitizer Setup Problems

Application Note: Common Digitizer Setup Problems to avoid

21.02.20221 M
Mass Spectroscopy

Application Note Mass Spectroscopy

21.02.2022879 K
AN Amplitude Resolution

Application Note: The Amplitude Resolution of Digitizers and how it affects Measurements

21.02.2022555 K
AN Radar Signal Acquisition

Application Note: Radar Signal Acquisition with Modular Digitizer

21.02.2022771 K
AN Dynamic Parameters and Digitizers

Application Note: Dynamic Parameters and Waveform Digitizers

21.02.2022711 K
AN Characterization of RKE devices

Application Note: Characterization of Remote Keyless Entry device

21.02.20221 M
AN Closed Loop Digitizer+AWG

Application Note: Closed Loop Tests with Digitizer and AWG and CUDA-GPU

21.02.20222 M
AN008 Install Legacy Win Drivers

Application Note: Legacy Windows Driver Installation

21.02.20221 M
Aircraft Systems Testing

Testing electronic aircraft systems using modular instruments

21.02.20223 M

White Papers

Software block averaging

Using software based fast block averaging

21.02.2022649 K
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