8 bit high speed digitizer
The 9 models of the M4x.22xx-x4 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.
Facts & Features:
- 1.25 GS/s on 1 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
- PXIe x4 Gen 2 Interface
- Sustained streaming mode more than 1.7 GB/s
- Works with all PXIe and PXI hybrid slots
- PXIe 3U format, 2 slots wide
- High Energy Physics
- Research and Development
- Laser Applications
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 modeThe 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 1.7 GByte/s on a PXI Express x4 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.
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.
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.
TimestampThe 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.
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.
PXI Reference ClockThe card is able to use the 10 MHz reference clock that is supplied by the PXI system. Enabled by software the PXI reference clock is feeded in the on-board PLL. This feature allows the cards to run with a fixed phase relation.
High Precision QuartzThe 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 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.
Selectable AC/DC CouplingEach 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.
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.
Programmable Input AmplifiersThe 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.
Selectable Low Pass FilterEach 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/OAll 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.
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|
|M4x.2211-x4||2||1.25 GS/s||500 MHz|
|M4x.2212-x4||4||1.25 GS/s||500 MHz|
|M4x.2220-x4||1||2.50 GS/s||1.50 GHz|
|M4x.2221-x4||2||2.50 GS/s||1.50 GHz|
|M4x.2223-x4||2||2.50 GS/s||1.50 GHz|
|M4x.2230-x4||1||5 GS/s||1.50 GHz|
|M4x.2233-x4||2||5 GS/s||1.50 GHz|
|M4x.2234-x4||4||5 GS/s||1.50 GHz|
|On different platforms||Bus||Max. Bus Transfer speed|
|M4i.2210-x8||PCI Express x8||3000 MByte/s|
Streaming Systems (Optional)
Combining a number of Spectrum M2p/M2i/M3i/M4i/M5i 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.
|AN Introduction to PXIe and PXI||
Application Note: Intoduction to PXIe and PXI
|Legacy Windows Driver Installation||
Windows driver installation of driver versions < 4.0
Data sheet of the M4x.22xx Digitizer series
Manual of M4i.22xx / M4x.22xx family
|IVI Driver Manual||
Short Manual for IVI Driver
|M4i LabVIEW Manual||
Manual for LabVIEW drivers for M4i / M4x
Manual for MATLAB driver M2p/M4i/M4x/M5i/M2i/M3i/DN2/DN6
WINDOWS DRIVER + SOFTWARE
M2p/M4i/M4x/M5i/M2i/M3i/DN2/DN6 driver for Windows 7, 8, 10, 11 (32/64 bit)
|Win32 Driver WinXP/Vista||
M2i/M3i/M4i/M4x driver - last Version for Windows 32 XP / Vista
|Win64 Driver WinXP/Vista||
M2i/M3i/M4i/M4x driver - last Version for Windows 64 XP / Vista
C/C++ driver header and library files
|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
|Remote Server Windows||
Windows Installer for Remote Server Option
IVI Driver for IVI Digitizer class (32 bit)
IVI Driver for IVI Scope class (32 bit)
M2i/M2p/M3i/M4i/M4x/M5i/DN2/DN6 LabView driver installer
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 Complete||
M2p/M4i/M4x/M5i/M2i/M3i drivers (Kernel + Library) for Linux 32 bit and 64 bit
|Linux Driver Library||
Driver libraries (no Kernel) for Linux 32 bit and 64 bit
|Remote Server Linux||
Spectrum Remote Server Linux Installer Package
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 ...)
|Firmware Update (Windows)||
M2i/M2p/M3i/M4i/M4x firmware update (Windows)
|Firmware Update (Linux)||
M2i/M2p/M3i/M4i/M4x firmware update (Linux)
|CS Mass Spectroscopy||
Case Study: Digitizer in Mass Spectroscopy
|CS Smithonian Spectrometer||
Case Study: Groundbreaking microwave spectrometer for research of interstellar materials
|General Digitizer Introduction||
General Introduction to Waveform Digitizers
|Digitizer Acquisition Modes||
Using modular Digitizer Acquisition Modes
Proper Use of Digitizer Front-End Signal Conditioning
|Digitizer Software Integration||
Software Support for Modular Digitizers
|SBench 6 Introduction||
SBench 6 - Data Acquisition and Analysis of Digitizer Data
RF Measurements using a modular Digitizer
|Signal Processing Tools||
Using Signal Processing Tools to enhance Digitizer Data
|Using Probes & Sensors||
Using Probes and Sensors with Modular Digitizers
|Teaming AWG with Digitizer||
Teaming an Arbitrary Waveform Generator with a Modular Digitizer
|Common Digitizer Setup Problems||
Application Note: Common Digitizer Setup Problems to avoid
Application Note Mass Spectroscopy
|AN Amplitude Resolution||
Application Note: The Amplitude Resolution of Digitizers and how it affects Measurements
|AN Radar Signal Acquisition||
Application Note: Radar Signal Acquisition with Modular Digitizer
|AN Dynamic Parameters and Digitizers||
Application Note: Dynamic Parameters and Waveform Digitizers
|AN Characterization of RKE devices||
Application Note: Characterization of Remote Keyless Entry device
|AN008 Install Legacy Win Drivers||
Application Note: Legacy Windows Driver Installation
|Aircraft Systems Testing||
Testing electronic aircraft systems using modular instruments
|Software block averaging||
Using software based fast block averaging