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New compact M2p digitiser cards offer up to 80MS/sec and 8 channels

New compact M2p digitiser cards offer up to 80MS/sec and 8 channels
17/11/2017

We are pleased to announce a completely new design series of digitiser card from Spectrum Instrumetation GmbH. It consists of the new platform-board M2p, this and its fitted 59xx A/D module form 13 different new digitiser cards. The new units will smoothly replace all our current 12, 14 and 16-bit models giving our existing customers an easy upgrade path.

The M2p.59xx series is initially available with three different speed grades of 20 MS/s, 40 MS/s and 80 MS/s and from one to eight channels per card. Based on Spectrum’s unique modular design philosophy. More models will be released in 2018.

Although the size of the M2p.59xx product has been squeezed into a half-length PCIe card by the design team, it still offers more features than predecessor families. Each channel has a separate ADC and a fully individual programmable input amplifier with ranges between ±200 mV and ±10 V, programmable input offset for unipolar measurements, programmable input termination of 50 Ω and 1 MΩ and an integrated calibration circuit. Models are available with up to 8 single-ended and up to 4 differential channels.

The reduced card length of 167 mm allows the powerful 16-bit digitisers to fit into much smaller PC systems than before – perfect for many of the latest computer systems and ideal for compact OEM solutions. The PCIe x4 lane interface of the M2p design dramatically increases the available streaming speed with the potential for up to 80 M samples per second continuous streaming for 4 channels. That compliments the impressive on-board memory of 1 Gbyte and enables applications that need continuous data storage or fast online calculations. This matches a wide range of applications such as ultrasound, Laser, Lidar and Radar.

Up to 16 cards in one system can be synchronized using Spectrum’s proven star-hub technology. For synchronization with external equipment, clock and trigger inputs and outputs are standard. For even more flexibility, 4 individually programmable connectors are available directly on the front-plate that offer additional trigger inputs, status outputs, synchronous digital input lines, asynchronous I/O, or a reference clock input for an integrated time stamping unit.

For programming the new card is based on Spectrum’s own general driver API that was introduced in 2006. Currently more than 400 different products share this common driver library allowing easy switching from slow to fast products and combining PCIe, PXIe or Ethernet/LXI products with one common software interface. A complete software development kit (SDK) based on Windows and Linux is included in the delivery. Drivers and examples for nearly every programming language on the market are included leaving the decision of the preferred programming interface to the customer. The current SDK includes C, C++, C#, Delphi, VB.NET, J#, Python, and Java.

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