Many things are happening at the venerable firm of Gage Applied Technologies. The company, renowned for its high performance digitizers, is under new ownership (it was formerly part of Tektronix).
It also sports a more expansive name (adding the word Technologies, as that's what the folks there apply).
Along with its sister company KineticSystems, Gage Applied Technologies is gearing up with a bigger range of systems and products. For its part, KineticSystems provides data acquisition modules and complete systems meeting VXI and CAMAC standards. Gage continues to provide products for PCI and CompactPCI platforms.
Other companies in the Gage sphere provide complementary data-acq and control instrumentation to enhance Gage's basic product offerings. Partners now include the likes of Preston Scientific (it makes isolation amplifiers and DAS sub-systems for test-and-measurement applications), and Cyber Systems (it makes load control and DAS sub-systems for structural testing).
Centralized Manufacturing, Too
Significantly, manufacturing activities for the group of companies are centralized in Gage's own board assembly facilities in Lockport, Illinois.
This provides the company with the flexibility to produce a combination of volumes needed to fulfill orders on short notice, while maintaining quality. Having everything under one roof sounds like a great way to ensure timely delivery of new products, as well as existing ones.
New Products, New Products
Indeed, there's been a flurry of new products and releases at Gage. Since joining forces with KineticSystems, Gage has released two new products and made two major enhancements to its existing digitizers. The firm's top selling 8-bit CompuScope 82G general-purpose scope card, for example, now touts more than 1-GHz of bandwidth.
The CompuScope 82G operates out to 1.2-GHz with a 2-Gsample/s sampling rate on one channel, with 1-Gsample/s sampling speed on two simultaneous channels.
Multi-card CompuScope 82G systems can actually provide up to eight simultaneous channels. These systems also give you optional internal triggering, bus mastering, and multiple record features for fast data transfers. They also tout on-board acquisition memory up to 16-Mbytes. For custom applications development, Gage offers software development kits (SDKs) for C, C++, MatLab, and LabVIEW.
On another front, Gage's 14-bit CompuScope 14100, billed by the company as one of the top mid-resolution digitizers in the marketplace, now has an optional 100-MHz bandwidth, and packs the possibility of performing acquisitions with a fixed number of samples of pre-trigger data---even in its Multiple Record mode (MulRec uses segmented acquisitions with ultra-fast re-arm time to on-board memory).
Gage is also spinning a new CompactPCI digital capture card. Complementing its existing line of CompactPCI/PXI of digitizers, the 6U-sized CompuScope 3200C digital input card operates at 100 MHz and captures 8-, 16-, or 32-bits of data at a time.
Gage also has a digitizer for manufacturing test. Its CompuScope 1220 is billed as a low-cost, yet full-featured, 12-bit digitizer designed to enhance the firm's mid-resolution line. Its key features are simultaneous 20-Msample/s operation on two channels, and low-speed external clocking capability to sync data-acq to test systems.
Back To School Kiddies
Gage Applied Technologies has also re-introduced a special pricing structure for qualified professionals and students affiliated to universities and colleges. Its pricing program includes a general discount of 3% on all products, as well as a special price on the most powerful version of its GageScope oscilloscope software. If you're in school, it may be a very good time to look into this program and buy those products you've been waiting for.
For more details contact Gage Applied Technologies, Inc., 2000, 32nd Ave., Lachine, QC, Canada H8T 3H7. Phone: (800) 567-GAGE. Fax: (514) 633-0770, or visit the company's Web site.