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MC.6031

14 bit Arbitrary Waveform Generator

  • Up to 125 MS/s on 2 channels
  • Simultaneous generation on all channels
  • Output up to +/-3 V in 50 Ohm
  • Offset and amplitude programmable
  • Up to 256 MSample on-board memory
  • 32 MSample standard memory installed
  • 3 software selectable filters
  • Amplifier option available for ±10 V
  • Synchronization possible
  • CompatcPCI 6U compatible
  • Robust industrial connections
  • Up to 16 cards can be synchronized

Application Examples

  • IQ Base signal generation
  • Production tests
  • Replay of acquired test data
  • Radar signal simulation

General Information

The MC.60xx series offer 8 different versions of arbitrary waveform generators for the CompactPCI bus. With these boards it is possible to generate free definable waveforms on several channels synchronously. There are up to four channels on one board with a maximum sampling rate of 125 MS/s. The internal standard Sync-bus allows the setup of synchronous multi channel systems with higher channel numbers. It is also possible to combine the arbitrary waveform generator with other boards of the MC product family like analogue or digital acquisition boards. With the up to 256 MSample large on-board memory long waveforms can be generated even with high sampling rates. The memory can also be used as a FIFO buffer to make continuously data transfer from PC memory or 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.

Repeated Output

When repeated output is used the data of the on-board memory is replayed continuously until a stop command is executed or N times. As trigger source one can use the external TTL trigger or the software trigger.

Singleshot Output

When singleshot output is activated the data of the on-board memory is replayed exactly one time. As trigger source one can use the external TTL trigger or the software trigger.

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.

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 Replay

The Gated Sampling option allows data replay controlled by an external gate signal. Data is only replayed if the gate signal has a programmed level.

Multiple Replay

The Multiple Replay option allows the fast repetition output on several trigger events without restarting the hardware. With this option very fast repetition rates can be achieved. The on-board memory is divided in several segments of same size. Each of them is generated if a trigger event occurs.

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.

10 V Amplifier Card (Optional)

The amplifier board allows the output of +/-10 V on up to four channels without software modification. The standard outputs of the card are amplified by factor 3.33. The amplifier which has 30 MHz bandwidth has an output impedance of 50 Ohm. This allows +/-10 V with high impedance termination or +/-5 V with 50 ohm termination.

Digital Outputs (Optional)

This option outputs additional synchronous digital channels phase-stable with the analog data. When this option is installed there are 2 additional digital outputs for every analog D/A channel.

Programmable Offset + Amplitude

The Spectrum Arbitrary Waveform Generators are equipped with a very wide programmable output offset and amplitude. This allows to adapt the output signal level to the needs of the stimulated device while also having the maximum output resolution available for the 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.

Linux

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.

Windows

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.

Documents
File NameInfoLast modifiedFile Size
mc60_datasheet_english.pdfDatasheet of the MC.60xx family21.03.14134 kBytes
mc60_manual_english.pdfManual of MC.60xx family21.03.142 MBytes
extraio_datasheet_english.pdfMI / MC Extra I/O module datasheet21.03.1473 kBytes
mx6xxxamp_datasheet_english.pdfMX / MC.6xxx +/-10 V amplifier datasheet04.02.1388 kBytes
starhub_datasheet_english.pdfMI / MC StarHub module datasheet21.03.14110 kBytes
sbench6_datasheet_english.pdfData sheet of SBench 621.03.14276 kBytes
mi60xx_labview_english.pdfLabVIEW Manual for MI/MC/MX.60xx28.05.13203 kBytes
matlab_manual_english.pdfManual for MATLAB drivers for MI/MC/MX28.05.1368 kBytes
sbench6_manual_english.pdfManual for SBench 621.03.146 MBytes
WINDOWS Drivers + Software
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drv_winxp_vista_7_32bit_v408b8515.zipMI/MC/MX/PCI.xxx Windows XP/Vista/7/8 32 Bit Drivers05.02.14382 kBytes
drv_winxp_vista_7_64bit_v408b8515.zipMI/MC/MX/PCI.xxx Windows XP/Vista/7/8 64 Bit Drivers05.02.14581 kBytes
sbench5_install.exeSBench 5 Installer21.03.144 MBytes
sbench6_v6.2.2b8748.exeSBench 6 Installer21.03.1423 MBytes
speasygenerator_install.zipSPEasyGenerator installer21.03.145 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_6.2.02b8748-2_i386.debSBench 6 Linux 32 (.deb)21.03.1417 MBytes
sbench6-6.2.02b8748-1.32bit_stdc++6.rpmSBench 6 Linux 32 (.rpm)21.03.1417 MBytes
sbench6_6.2.02b8748-2_amd64.debSBench 6 Linux 64 (.deb)21.03.1417 MBytes
sbench6-6.2.02b8748-1.64bit_stdc++6.rpmSBench 6 Linux 64 (.rpm)21.03.1417 MBytes

Contact Information

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