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MC.4963 16 bit multi-purpose digitizer - SPECTRUM Instrumentation
MC.4963
16 bit multi-purpose digitizer
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MC.4963

16 bit multi-purpose digitizer

Description:

The MC.49xx cards allow recording of up to eight channels with sampling rates of 25 MS/s or either four, two or one channels with sampling rates of 50 MS/s. These cards offer outstanding A/D features both in resolution and speed for Compact PCI. The cards can be switched between Single-Ended inputs with a programmable offset and true differential inputs. If used in differential mode each two inputs are connected together reducing the number of available channels by half. The 16 bit vertical resolution has four times the accuracy compared to 14 bit cards and sixteen times the accuracy compared with a 12 bit card. All boards of the MC.49xx series may use the whole installed on-board memory of up to 256 MSamples, completely for the currently activated number of channels.

Facts & Features:

  • Up to 50 MS/s on 2 channels (Single Ended)
  • Up to 50 MS/s on 2 channels (Differential)
  • Up to 25 MS/s on 4 channels (Single Ended)
  • Software selectable single-ended or differential inputs
  • Simultaneously sampling on all channels
  • Separate ADC and amplifier per channel
  • Up to 256 MSample on-board memory
  • 32 MSample standard memory installed
  • 6 input ranges: +/-200 mV up to +/-10 V
  • Programmable input offset of +/-100%
  • Window, pulse width trigger
  • CompactPCI 6U compatible
  • Robust industrial connections
  • Up to 16 cards can be synchronized

Technical Drawing:

Application examples:

BaseXIO (Optional)

The BaseXIO option offers 8 asynchronous digital I/O lines on the base card. The direction can be selected by software in groups of four. Two of these lines can also be used as additional external trigger sources. This allows the building of complex trigger conjunctions with external gated triggers as well as AND/OR conjunction of multiple external trigger sources like, for example, the picture and row synchronisation of video signals. In addition one of the I/O lines can be used as reference clock for the Timestamp counter.

FIFO mode

The FIFO mode is designed for continuous data transfer between measurement board and PC memory (with up to 100 MByte/s) or hard disk. 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.

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 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/AND allowing all channels of all cards to be trigger source at the same time. The star-hub is available as 5 card and 16 card version. The 5 card version doesn't need an extra slot.

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 an external TTL signal. It's possible to use positive or negative edge also in combination with a programmable pulse width. An internally recognized trigger event can - when activated by software - be routed to the trigger 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.

Pulsewidth Trigger

Defines the minimum or maximum width that a trigger pulse must have to generate a trigger event. Pulse width can be combined with channel trigger, pattern trigger and external trigger. This makes it possible to trigger on signal errors like too long or too short pulses.

Spike Trigger

The trigger event is a slope inside the signal that is larger (or even smaller) than a programmed slope. Internally the difference of two adjacent samples is calculated and then compared to the programmed trigger level. This trigger mode allows the detection of signal distortions as needed for power line monitoring.

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 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.

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.

Differential Inputs

With a simple software command the inputs can individually be switched from single-ended (in relation to ground) to differential, without loosing any inputs. When the inputs are used in differential mode the A/D converter measures the difference between two lines with relation to system ground.

Digital Inputs (Optional)

This option acquires additional synchronous digital channels phase-stable with the analog data. When the option is installed there are 16/32 additional digital inputs which can be individually mulitplexed into the analog data in different formats reducing the analog resolution.

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 termination can be changed between 50 Ohm and 1 MOhm and one can select an input range matching the real world signal.

Programmable Input Offset

Most of the Spectrum A/D cards offer a user programmable signal offset opening the Spectrum boards to a wide variety of setups. The signal offset at least covers a range of +/-100 % of the currently selected input range making unipolar measurements with the card possible. Besides this the input range offset can be programmed individually allowing a perfect match of the A/D card section to the real world signal.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Related products
Product Channels Max. Samplerate Max. Bandwidth
MC.4911 4 10 MS/s 5 MHz
MC.4912 8 10 MS/s 5 MHz
MC.4931 4 25 MS/s 15 MHz
MC.4932 8 25 MS/s 15 MHz
MC.4964 8 50 MS/s 30 MHz
Other platforms
On different platforms Bus Max. Bus Transfer speed
DN2.496-04 Ethernet 70 MByte/s
M2i.4963 PCI-X 245 MByte/s
M2i.4963-Exp PCI Express x1 160 MByte/s
MX.4963 PXI 100 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.

Clock / Trigger Distribution (Optional)

The Clock and Trigger Distribution card allows to externally connect several systems with a common clock and a synchronized trigger signal. One can connect up to 17 independent systems or external equipment using this card.

Documents

MC.49xx Datasheet

Data sheet of the MC.49xx family

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MC.49xx Manual

Manual of MC.49xx family

21.02.20223 M
Timestamp Datasheet

MI / MC Timestamp module datasheet

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StarHub Datasheet

MI / MC StarHub module datasheet

21.02.2022218 K
Extra I/O Datasheet

MI / MC Extra I/O module datasheet

21.02.2022129 K
SPA Datasheet

Data sheet of SPA pre-amplifier

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SBench 6 data sheet

Data sheet of SBench 6

21.02.20221 M
MATLAB Manual

Manual for MATLAB drivers for MI/MC/MX

21.02.202270 K
SBench 6 Manual

Manual for SBench 6

21.02.20227 M

WINDOWS DRIVER + SOFTWARE

MICX_NT32

MI/MC/MX/PCI.xxx Windows 98/NT 32 Bit Drivers

21.02.2022353 K
MICX_XP (32-bit)

MI/MC/MX/PCI.xxx Windows XP/Vista 32 Bit Drivers

21.02.2022381 K
MICX_XP (64-bit)

MI/MC/MX/PCI.xxx Windows XP/Vista 64 Bit Drivers

21.02.2022579 K
MICX_WIN7_8 (32-bit)

MI/MC/MX/PCI.xxx Windows 7/8 32 Bit Drivers

421.02.2022397 K
MICX_WIN7_8 (64-bit)

MI/MC/MX/PCI.xxx Windows 7/8 64 Bit Drivers

421.02.2022604 K
MICX_WIN10 (32-bit)

MI/MC/MX/PCI.xxx Windows 10 32 Bit Drivers

421.02.2022415 K
MICX_WIN10 (64-bit)

MI/MC/MX/PCI.xxx Windows 10/11 64 Bit Drivers

421.02.2022627 K
c_header

C/C++ driver header and library files

6.0121.07.202242 K
SBench5

SBench 5 Installer

5.3.021.02.20225 M
SBench6 (32-bit)

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

6.5.121.07.202235 M
SBench6 (64-bit)

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

6.5.121.07.202238 M
MATLAB Driver

MI / MC / MX MATLAB driver + examples

21.02.2022714 K
LabVIEW Driver

MI / MC / MX LabVIEW Driver

21.02.20228 M
Examples

MI / MC / MX Examples for C/C++, Delphi, VB, LabWindows/CVI, ...

21.02.2022700 K

LINUX DRIVER + SOFTWARE

Linux Driver Complete

MI / MC / MX Linux 32 bit and 64 bit Drivers

421.02.202218 M
SBench6

SBench 6 Linux 32 (.rpm)

6.5.121.07.202226 M
SBench6

SBench 6 Linux 64 (.rpm)

6.5.121.07.202225 M
SBench6

SBench 6 Linux 32 (.deb)

6.5.121.07.202222 M
SBench6

SBench 6 Linux 64 (.deb)

6.5.122.07.202222 M
SBench6

SBench6 Jetson (.deb)

6.5.121.07.202211 M
MICX Examples for Linux

MI / MC / MX Linux Examples (C/C++)

21.02.202253 K

Firmware

Case Studies

OCT Skin Cancer Scanner

OCT application for skin cancer diagnosis

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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
SBench 6 Introduction

SBench 6 - Data Acquisition and Analysis of Digitizer Data

21.02.20221 M

Application Notes

Signal Processing Tools

Using Signal Processing Tools to enhance Digitizer Data

21.02.2022555 K
Mechanical Measurements

Mechanical Measurements Using Digitizers

21.02.20221 M
Power Measurements

Power Measurements Using Modular Digitizers

21.02.20221 M
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
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
AN Amplitude Resolution

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

21.02.2022555 K
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