50 MS/s PCI Digitizer is OEM-Friendly
Montreal, Canada---AlazarTech, the manufacturer of high performance, low cost PC Based Instruments, announces the launch of its OEM-friendly ATS850 PCI-based waveform digitizer that provides 8-bit, 50 MS/s sampling on two simultaneous channels with a fully programmable front-end and trigger circuitry.
"We are proud to say that not only is the ATS850 the lowest cost product in its class, but it also outperforms waveform digitizers that are more than twice its price", stated Muneeb Khalid, President of AlazarTech.
One of the major challenges faced by the development team was that the ATS850 had to be priced low enough to justify a buy-versus-build decision by customers who wanted to embed a digitizer in their equipment. This challenge was met by using AlazarTech's Acquisition System on Programmable Chip (ASoPC) technology.
ATS850 provides independently programmable input ranges from ±20 mV to ±20V, AC/DC coupling and 50-ohm/1-Mohm impedance on each of its two channels. The sampling rate is also programmable from 50 MS/s down to 10 kS/s.
Users can capture signals from rapidly occurring triggers by using Multiple Record mode that allows both pre- and post-trigger capability. A 40-bit time stamp allows users to record the occurrence of each trigger event relative to all other triggers in a given session.
The standard model comes with 256K points of acquisition memory per channel. A high memory model with 16M points per channel will be available in Q1 of 2004. Acquired data can be transferred to the host PC memory using scatter-gather DMA (bus mastering) that provides transfer rates in excess of 40 MB/s even under the Windows operating system.
The ATS850 digitizer is accompanied by ATScope software that allows the user to set up the digitizer, acquire signals and view and store them without writing a single line of programming code or drawing any diagrams.
OEMs can integrate the ATS850 into their own systems very easily using the Windows XP/2000/98SE compatible ATS-SDK Software Development Kit. This SDK includes sample programs written in C/C++ and VisualBASIC. A LabVIEW VI is also available.
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