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hybridNETBOX models increase signal capture and generation speed

hybridNETBOX models increase signal capture and generation speed
28/01/2021

Spectrum Instrumentation extends its range of hybridNETBOX products with the addition of eight faster high-performance models. The hybridNETBOX is an innovative instrumentation platform that combines a multi-channel arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) and a digitiser in a single portable unit. An Ethernet connection allows placement local to the PC or anywhere on a LAN.

The AWG channels can generate almost any waveshape thanks to their use of the latest, high resolution, 16-bit digital to analogue converters (DAC) with output rates of either 625 MS/s or 1.25 GS/s and signal bandwidths up to 400 MHz (600 MHz as an option).

For signal acquisition, the digitiser channels feature similarly outstanding performance. Users can select from models that provide 16-bit resolution and sampling rates up to 250 MS/s or 14-bit resolution and sampling rates up to 500 MS/s. Each channel is fully programmable with six adjustable input ranges, from ±200 mV to ±10 V full scale.

To help with waveform generation and acquisition, the hybridNETBOX has a large amount of on-board memory (2 x 2 GSamples) to hold signal data. It can also stream data to and from the computer via the Ethernet link. In addition to the digitizer and AWG channels, the front-panel of each hybridNETBOX includes multiple digital I/O connectors. These make it easy to integrate units into a test system. Similarly, it is possible to synchronise the unit with other equipment, by applying an external clock and triggers.

Both the AWG and the digitiser allow the selection of almost any output or sampling rate setting, enabling users to generate or acquire signals at exactly the speed they require. Fully programmable, the hybridNETBOX comes with drivers for Windows and Linux operating systems, as well as programming examples for C++, LabVIEW, MATLAB, Visual Basic .NET, JAVA, Python and other popular languages. Each hybridNETBOX also includes Spectrum’s own control software which is menu driven and requires no programming. This is SBench 6 Professional. Ideal for signal generation, acquisition, display, signal processing, storage and reporting. SBench 6 allows waveforms to be created using standard functions and mathematical equations. Data can be acquired with the digitizer part and then be transferred to the AWG for replay. Data sharing with other programs or devices, such as oscilloscopes, is possible using built-in import/export functions for transferring data in Binary, ASCII or Wave formats.

With these new systems a total 14 different hybridNETBOX-models are now available, with 2+2, 4+4 or 8+8 matched channels and possible speeds from 40 MS/s to 1.25 GS/s. These are ideal for a wide variety of automated testing applications. For example, they can reproduce and capture “echo” signals such as those found in Radar, Sonar, Lidar or Ultrasound. The maunfacturer’s warranty offers an industry-leading, 5-year warranty for customer’s peace of mind. This includes free software and firmware updates for each unit’s lifetime

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