Spectrum Instrumentation Mixed Mode Option

Spectrum adds 16 digital lines to its PCIe format digitizers and AWGs

  • Spectrum Instrumentation has launched an optional module for its latest generation of digitizers and arbitrary signal generators (AWGs) that provides 16 synchronous digital lines complementary to analog signals.
  • These additional digital lines complement the four versatile input/output lines already available as standard on these arbitrary digitization and signal generation boards.

The digital option is a piggy-back module for the PCIe cards that occupies the panel of a second slot. It comes in two different versions, one with SMB connectors and one with an FX2 flat-ribbon connector. The SMB-version (M2p.xxxx-DigSMB) offers ten connectors on the front panel plus six more that are available internally and can be used for PC-internal cross connection or external connection via an empty slot bracket. The FX2-version (M2p.xxxx-DigFX2) guarantees compatibility with predecessor products from Spectrum and allows parallel connection of all lines with a single connector.

These modules fit on the 16-bit digitizers of the M2p.59xx series, offering 20 different PCIe-cards with 1 to 8 channels and 20 to 125 MS/s. They also fit on the 16-bit AWGs of the M2p.65xx series, consisting of 8 PCIe-variants, again with 1 to 8 channels and the choice of 40 or 125 MS/s.

This option is supported by the Software Development Kit (SDK) provided as standard for C++, C#, VB.NET, Python, JAVA, LabVIEW or MATLAB programming languages.

This new option can also be accessible to existing cards via a return to Spectrum for an upgrade.