Spectrum Instrumentation Adds 6 New AWG Cards for High Amplitude Signal Generation
November 26, 2019 - Grosshansdorf, Germany -
Spectrum Instrumentation has added six new Arbitrary Waveform Generators (AWGs)
to its recently released M2p.65 xx series of PCIe cards. The new AWGs extend the
product family's capabilities by boosting the available output range, so that waveforms
can be generated with amplitude swings of up to ±12 V into 1 MΩ
or ±6 V into 50 Ω. To achieve the higher output voltage ranges, the cards
have been fitted with additional amplification and larger cooling plates. This makes
the cards a little wider, so that they occupy two PCIe slots, but they are still
just 168 mm in length. The small size allows them to fit into almost any PC,
turning it into a powerful and flexible waveform generator.
The M2p.65xx series AWGs use the latest 16-bit Digital-to-Analog Converters and
feature a fast PCIe x4 interface with up to 700 MByte/s streaming speed. Users
can select output speed rates of either 40 MS/s (M2p.654x series) or 125 MS/s
(M2p.657x series) and models with one, two or four channels per card.
Each channel features its own DAC and output stage. Multi-channel cards share
a common clock and trigger to ensure full synchronization and the output stages
incorporate four switchable filter paths to help optimize signal quality. The flexible
output stages combine with the high resolution 16-bit DACs to enable the generation
of signals with very low distortion, exceptional dynamic range and a high signal-to-noise
Oliver Rovini, CTO at Spectrum, said: "One of the main limitations of most AWGs
is their ability to generate accurate high amplitude waveforms. These new AWG cards
offer a cost-effective solution in one fully integrated package. As such, they should
be of interest to anybody wanting to generate larger test signals in the DC to 60
MHz range. The ability to reproduce high quality signals is always valuable to engineers
and scientists who need to stimulate a system or component with waveforms that are
high precision, easily adapted, and mimic real operational conditions."
Create a Limitless Array of Waveforms
To allow the M2p.65xx series AWGs to generate long and complex waveforms, each
card comes equipped with a generous 512 MSamples of on-board memory. The large
memory is complemented by a variety of different output modes. For example, the
memory can be segmented and waveforms can be created by looping on and switching
between different segments. The cards also feature a FIFO streaming capability that
enables new waveform data to be read over the fast PCIe bus (at rates of up to 700 MB/s)
while replaying already transferred information. This flexibility allows users to
create ultra-long, single shot waveforms or constantly changing, burst-type signals
such as those found in communications, radar, ultrasound, LIDAR or sonar systems.
The possibilities are almost limitless.
For applications that require the connection of AWGs and Digitizers, such as
stimulus-response or closed-loop applications, Spectrum's Star-Hub piggy-back module
synchronizes up to 16 different M2p class products. The new M2p.65xx AWGs match
perfectly with the M2p.59xx 16-bit digitizers released in 2018. The M2p.59xx digitizers
offer one to eight channels with sampling rates between 5 MS/s and 125 MS/s.
The Star-Hub distributes a common clock and trigger signal to each channel ensuring
fully synchronous operation. Star-Hub systems are also perfect for situations where
multiple test points or arrays of sensors need to be stimulated by different test
signals at the same time.
Easy AWG Control and Signal Generation
Controlling and generating signals with the Spectrum AWGs is also easy and straight
forward. The cards are fully programmable and drivers are provided, free of charge,
to support the most popular languages (such as C++, VB.NET, C#, J#, Delphi, Java
or Python code) as well as third party software tools like LabVIEW and MATLAB. Alternatively,
users can simply run Spectrum's own software, SBench 6 Professional.
SBench 6 enables the user to control all the modes and settings of the AWG via
a simple, easy-to-use, interface. The software is designed to support multi-channel
operation and has a host of built-in features for waveform display, signal generation,
data analysis and documentation. Basic signals can be created using the software's
EasyGenerator function that produces waveforms like sine waves, triangles or rectangles
with programmable frequency, amplitude and phase. More complex signals can be created
using mathematical equations or imported from other programs or devices (such as
digitizers or oscilloscopes) using Binary, ASCII, or Wave formats.
Integrate into Any Test System
Once installed in a PC, the AWG cards are easy to integrate with other test and
measurement devices. The signal outputs as well as clock and trigger inputs are
provided via front-panel SMB connectors. The front-panel also hosts four MMCX connectors
(one multi-function output, and three multi-function I/O lines), which can be used
for different tasks such as digital output channels, clock, trigger or status output
as well as asynchronous I/O lines. This high level of connectivity allows the AWG
cards to be easily adapted into most automated test system environments.
Mixed Mode AWG
Switching the multi-purpose I/O lines to digital output adds another four synchronous
output channels to the AWG. A single AWG card can then generate four analogue outputs
and four digital outputs in parallel with full speed. This is especially helpful
when interfacing with external equipment in experiment control or for OEM projects.
Five Year Warranty
The Spectrum M2p.65xx series AWGs are in full production and available for immediate
delivery. All cards are shipped factory tested and include a base version of Spectrum's
SBench 6 software for first tests. "The M2p series AWG products represent the culmination
of nearly 30 years of PC-based instrumentation design and production. As a result,
we're proud to give an industry-leading, five-year warranty on our products," stated
CEO Gisela Hassler. "Furthermore, software and firmware updates are free of charge
for the lifetime of the product. Support is done directly by our skilled in-house
team of engineers – normally within a couple of hours after receiving the request."
The press kit can be downloaded
About Spectrum Instrumentation
Spectrum Instrumentation, founded in 1989, uses a versatile modular design to
create a wide range of digitizer and generator products as PC-cards (PCIe and PXIe)
and stand-alone Ethernet units (LXI). In 30 years, they have gained customers all
around the world, including many A-brand industry-leaders and practically all prestigious
universities. The company is headquartered near Hamburg, Germany, and known for
their outstanding support that comes directly from the design engineers. More information
about Spectrum can be found at www.spectrum-instrumentation.com
Spectrum Instrumentation GmbH
Phone: +49 4102-6956-0
Spectrum Instrumentation Corp., USA
Phone: (201) 562-1999
Posted November 26, 2019