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MC.6021 14 bit Arbitrary Waveform Generator - SPECTRUM Instrumentation
MC.6021
14 bit Arbitrary Waveform Generator
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MC.6021

14 bit Arbitrary Waveform Generator

Description:

The MC.60xx series offer 8 different versions of arbitrary waveform generators for the CompactPCI bus. With these boards it is possible to generate free definable waveforms on several channels synchronously. There are up to four channels on one board with a maximum sampling rate of 125 MS/s. The internal standard Sync-bus allows the setup of synchronous multi channel systems with higher channel numbers. It is also possible to combine the arbitrary waveform generator with other boards of the MC product family like analogue or digital acquisition boards. With the up to 256 MSample large on-board memory long waveforms can be generated even with high sampling rates. The memory can also be used as a FIFO buffer to make continuously data transfer from PC memory or hard disk.

Facts & Features:

  • Up to 60 MS/s on 2 channels
  • Simultaneous generation on all channels
  • Output up to +/-3 V in 50 Ohm
  • Offset and amplitude programmable
  • Up to 256 MSample on-board memory
  • 32 MSample standard memory installed
  • 3 software selectable filters
  • Amplifier option available for ±10 V
  • Synchronization possible
  • CompactPCI 6U compatible
  • Robust industrial connections
  • Up to 16 cards can be synchronized

Technical Drawing:

Application examples:

  • IQ Base signal generation
  • Production tests
  • Replay of acquired test data
  • Radar signal simulation

Cascading (Optional)

The cascading option synchronizes up to 4 Spectrum boards internally. It's the simplest way to build up a multi channel system. On the internal synchronisation bus clock and trigger signals are routed between the different boards. All connected boards are then working with the same clock and trigger information. There is a phase delay between two boards of about 500 picoseconds when this synchronization option is used.

Extra I/O (Optional)

The Extra I/O module adds 24 additional digital I/O lines and 4 analog outputs on an extra connector. These additional lines are independent from the standard function and can be controlled asynchronously. There is also an internal version available with 16 digital I/Os and 4 analog outputs that can be used directly at the rear board connector.

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.

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.

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/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.

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 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.

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.

10 V Amplifier Card (Optional)

The amplifier board allows the output of +/-10 V on up to four channels without software modification. The standard outputs of the card are amplified by factor 3.33. The amplifier which has 30 MHz bandwidth has an output impedance of 50 Ohm. This allows +/-10 V with high impedance termination or +/-5 V with 50 ohm termination.

Digital Outputs (Optional)

This option outputs additional synchronous digital channels phase-stable with the analog data. When this option is installed there are 2 additional digital outputs for every analog D/A channel.

Programmable Offset + Amplitude

The Spectrum Arbitrary Waveform Generators are equipped with a very wide programmable output offset and 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#, 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.

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, Windows 10 and Windows 11, all 32 bit and 64 bit.

Related products
Product Channels Max. Samplerate Max. Bandwidth
MC.6011 2 20 MS/s 10 MHz
MC.6012 4 20 MS/s 10 MHz
MC.6022 4 60 MS/s 30 MHz
MC.6030 1 125 MS/s 60 MHz
MC.6031 2 125 MS/s 60 MHz
MC.6033 2 125 MS/s 60 MHz
MC.6034 4 125 MS/s 60 MHz
Other platforms
On different platforms Bus Max. Bus Transfer speed
M2i.6021 PCI-X 245 MByte/s
M2i.6021-Exp PCI Express x1 160 MByte/s
MI.6021 PCI 100 MByte/s
MX.6021 PXI 100 MByte/s

D/A Amplifier Card (Optional)

The D/A amplifier card is especially designed to match the Spectrum arbitrary waveform generator products and has a bandwidth of 30 MHz. Each of the 1, 2 or 4 channels has a fixed amplification and can drive +/-10 V output level into high impedance and +/-5 V output level into 50 ohm. The output amplfiers are completely calibrated together with the AWG card.

Documents

MC.60xx Datasheet

Datasheet of the MC.60xx family

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MC.60xx Manual

Manual of MC.60xx family

21.02.20223 M
AWG Amp Datasheet

AWG Amplifier PCIe/PCI/PXI Card data sheet

21.02.2022175 K
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
SBench 6 data sheet

Data sheet of SBench 6

26.09.20231 M
MATLAB Manual

Manual for MATLAB drivers for MI/MC/MX

21.02.202270 K
LabVIEW Manual

LabVIEW Manual for MI/MC/MX.60xx

21.02.2022208 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

6.0626.09.202343 K
SBench5

SBench 5 Installer

5.3.021.02.20225 M
SPEasyGenerator

SPEasyGenerator installer

26.09.20236 M
SBench6 (32-bit)

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

6.5.0526.09.202336 M
SBench6 (64-bit)

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

6.5.0526.09.202339 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)

6.5.0526.09.202326 M
SBench6

SBench 6 Linux 64 (.rpm)

6.5.0526.09.202326 M
SBench6

SBench 6 Linux 32 (.deb)

6.5.0526.09.202323 M
SBench6

SBench 6 Linux 64 (.deb)

6.5.0526.09.202322 M
SBench6

SBench6 Jetson (.deb)

6.5.0526.09.202311 M
MICX Examples for Linux

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

21.02.202253 K

Firmware

Product Notes

Trigger and Sync

Trigger, Clock and Synchronization Details at high-speed Digitizers

21.02.20221 M
AWG Waveforms

Creating AWG Waveforms in SBench 6 using Equations

21.02.2022479 K
Create & Capture AWG Waveforms

Creating , Capturing and Transferring Waveforms for AWG's using SBench 6

21.02.20222 M
AWG Waveforms D

Erzeugen von AWG-Signalen durch Gleichungen in SBench 6

21.02.2022459 K

Application Notes

Teaming AWG with Digitizer

Teaming an Arbitrary Waveform Generator with a Modular Digitizer

21.02.2022919 K
Introduction to Modular Arbitrary Function Generators

An Introduction to Modular Arbitrary Function Generators

21.02.2022701 K
Arbitrary Waveform Generator Operating Modes

Using Arbitrary Waveform Generator Operating Modes Effectively

21.02.2022481 K
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Phone +49 (0)4102 6956-0
Fax +49 (0)4102 6956-66
E-Mail info@spec.de
Contact USA
Phone +1 (201) 562-1999
Fax +1 (201) 820-2691
E-Mail sales@spectrum-instrumentation.com
Contact Asia
Phone +61 402 130 414
E-Mail greg.tate@spectrum-instrumentation.com
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