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12 bit transient recorder

  • Up to 100 MS/s on 1 channel
  • Up to 50 MS/s on 2 channels
  • Simultaneously sampling on all channels
  • 6 input ranges: +/- 200 mV up to +/- 10 V
  • Up to 256 MSample on-board memory
  • 32 MSample standard memory installed
  • Window and pulsewidth trigger
  • Input offset up to +/-100%
  • Synchronization possible
  • CompatcPCI 6U compatible
  • Robust industrial connections
  • Up to 16 cards can be synchronized

Application Examples

  • Transient Recording
  • Spectroscopy
  • Vibration Analysis of Nano Parts
  • Special Radar Applications

General Information

The 17 models of the MC.30xx series are designed for the fast and high quality data acquisition. Every of the up to four input channels has its own A/D converter and its own programmable input amplifier. This allows to record signals with 12 bit resolution without any phase delay between them. The inputs could be selected to one of six input ranges by software and could be programmed to compensate an input offset of +/-100% of the input range. The extremely large on-board memory allows long time recording even with highest samplerates. A FIFO mode is also integrated on the board. This allows to record data continuously and to process it in the PC or to store it to hard disk.

CompactPCI combines the advantages of the PCI bus with the needs of the industrial user. CompactPCI uses well well known and stable 19" technology and offers robust systems for industrial needs. The defined cooling power and the robust connector extend the life of the product. CompactPCI systems are defined in two different sizes: 6U and 3U. The CompactPCI 6U products from Spectrum have the same product range as the PCI pendants (former MI series).

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 (up to 245 MB/s on a PCI-X slot, up to 125 MB/s on a PCI slot and up to 160 MB/s on a PCIe slot) 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.

Ring buffer mode

The ring buffer mode is the standard mode of all oscilloscope boards. Data is written in a ring memory of the board until a trigger event is detected. After the event the posttrigger values are recorded. Because of this continuously recording into a ring buffer there are also samples prior to the trigger event visible: Pretrigger = Memsize - Posttrigger.

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.

Channel Trigger

The data acquisition boards offer a wide variety of trigger modes. Besides the standard signal checking for level and edge as known from oscilloscopes it's also possible to define a window trigger. All trigger modes can be combined with the pulsewidth trigger. This makes it possible to trigger on signal errors like too long or too short pulses.

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 Sampling

The Gated Sampling option allows data recording controlled by an external gate signal. Data is only recorded if the gate signal has a programmed level. In addition a pre-area before start of the gate signal as well as a post area after end of the gate signal can be acquired. The number of gate segments is only limited by the used memory and is unlimited when using FIFO mode.

Multiple Recording

The Multiple Recording option allows the recording of several trigger events with an extremely short re-arming time. The hardware doesn't need to be restarted in between. The on-board memory is divided in several segments of the same size. Each of them is filled with data if a trigger event occurs. Pre- and posttrigger of the segments can be programmed. The number of acquired segments is only limited by the used memory and is unlimited when using FIFO mode.

Pulsewidth Trigger

Defines the minimum or maximum width that a trigger pulse must have to generate a trigger event. Pulse width can be combined with channel trigger, pattern trigger and external trigger.


The timestamp option writes the time positions of the trigger events in an extra memory. The timestamps are relative to the start of recording, a defined zero time, externally synchronized to a radio clock, or a GPS receiver. With this option acquisitions of systems on different locations can be set in a precise time relation.

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.

Digital Inputs (Optional)

This option acquires additional synchronous digital channels phase-stable with the analog data. When the option is installed and activated additional digital inputs are stored in the unused bits of each ADC word (2 digital inputs on 14 bit A/D and 4 digital inputs on 12 bit A/D)

Programmable Input Amplifiers

The analog inputs can be adapted to real world signals using a wide variety of settings that are individual for each channel. By using software commands the input termination can be changed between 50 Ohm and 1 MOhm and one can select an input range matching the real world signal.

Programmable Input Offset

Most of the Spectrum A/D cards offer a user programmable signal offset opening the Spectrum boards to a wide variety of setups. The signal offset at least covers a range of +/-100 % of the currently selected input range making unipolar measurements with the card possible. Besides this the input range offset can be programmed individually allowing a perfect match of the A/D card section to the real world 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 Microsoft Visual C++, Borland C++ Builder, Gnu C++ (CygWin), Borland Delphi, Microsoft Visual Basic, C#, J#, VB.Net, Python 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.


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.


SBench 6 is a powerful and intuitive interactive measurement software. Besides the possibility to commence the measuring task immediately, without programming, SBench 6 combines the setup of hardware, data display, oscilloscope, transient recorder, waveform generator, analyzing functions, import and export functions under one easy-to-use interface.


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 XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8, all 32 bit and 64 bit.

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mc30_manual_english.pdfManual of MC.30xx family19.04.142 MBytes
extraio_datasheet_english.pdfMI / MC Extra I/O module datasheet19.04.1473 kBytes
spa_amplifier_datasheet_english.pdfDatasheet of SPA pre-amplifier19.04.14203 kBytes
starhub_datasheet_english.pdfMI / MC StarHub module datasheet19.04.14110 kBytes
timestamp_datasheet_english.pdfMI / MC Timestamp module datasheet19.04.1467 kBytes
sbench6_datasheet_english.pdfData sheet of SBench 619.04.14276 kBytes
mi30xx_labview_english.pdfLabVIEW Manual for MI/MC/MX.30xx28.05.13196 kBytes
matlab_manual_english.pdfManual for MATLAB drivers for MI/MC/MX28.05.1368 kBytes
sbench6_manual_english.pdfManual for SBench 619.04.146 MBytes
WINDOWS Drivers + Software
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drv_winxp_vista_7_32bit_v408b8515.zipMI/MC/MX/ Windows XP/Vista/7/8 32 Bit Drivers05.02.14382 kBytes
drv_winxp_vista_7_64bit_v408b8515.zipMI/MC/MX/ Windows XP/Vista/7/8 64 Bit Drivers05.02.14581 kBytes
sbench5_install.exeSBench 5 Installer19.04.144 MBytes
sbench6_v6.2.3b8880.exeSBench 6 Installer19.04.1420 MBytes
micx_drv_labview_install.exeMI / MC / MX LabVIEW Driver05.02.147 MBytes
micx_drv_matlab_install.exeMI / MC / MX MATLAB Driver05.02.14696 kBytes
micx_examples_install.exeMI / MC / MX Examples for C/C++, Delphi, VB, LabWindows/CVI, ...05.02.14640 kBytes
LINUX Drivers + Software
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micx_linux_drv_v408b8515.tgzMI / MC / MX Linux 32 bit and 64 bit Drivers05.02.149 MBytes
sbench6_6.2.03b8880-2_i386.debSBench 6 Linux 32 (.deb)19.04.1417 MBytes
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sbench6_6.2.03b8880-2_amd64.debSBench 6 Linux 64 (.deb)19.04.1417 MBytes
sbench6-6.2.03b8880-1.64bit_stdc++6.rpmSBench 6 Linux 64 (.rpm)19.04.1417 MBytes

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