ZTEC Introduces New Firmware Compatible Modular Digitizer/DSO Solution
The New 12 bit ZT431 family brings high resolution Digitizer/DSO capabilities to both PCI and PXI
Albuquerque, NM - Continuing its innovation in modular digital storage oscilloscope (DSO) technology, ZTEC announces a new high resolution product family that is firmware compatible to its existing line of high speed DSO products. The ZT431 family provides the only high resolution digitizer with integrated DSO capabilities in a PCI or PXI form factor.
The ZT431 family was designed to be compatible with the popular ZT450 family of high speed 8 bit modular DSOs. By providing firmware capability, customers will be able to quickly interchange ZT431 and ZT450 products as requirements change. In addition, ZTEC is committed to maintaining firmware compatibility on future products, providing customers seamless upgrade paths for years to come.
"ZTEC sees the need for firmware compatibility as a key issue for our strategic customers," said Mr. Mark Morris, VP of Sales and Marketing for ZTEC. "By providing firmware compatible upgrade paths we are able to eliminate obsolescence and provide solutions that are truly interchangeable."
The ZT431 product family provides all the capabilities found in today's modular digitizers, such as state of the art data conversion technology and deep on-board sample memory. The products modular architecture is ideal for applications with high channel count requirements. Multiple products can be synchronized using the local timing and trigger bus. The product's phase lock loop and star trigger capabilities provide tight synchronization for even applications with stringent timing requirements. Other products, such as the ZT530 signal generator, can also be synchronized with the DSOs.
Like all ZTEC modular instrument products, the ZT431 family is designed to include capabilities familiar to the bench top oscilloscope user. For example, the ZT431 family provides bench top DSO features such as flexible signal conditioning, advanced triggering, multiple acquisition modes, on-board signal processing, and much more. In particular:
* Triggering - The standard products can be used with a variety of trigger sources, such as software, edge, pattern, pulse width, and video. A unique trigger source can be used on trigger A and B. The trigger can be output to either the front panel or the local bus backplane.
* Acquisition Modes - In addition to normal (digitizer) acquisition mode, the products provide average, envelope, and equivalent time sampling. An external sampling clock may also be used
* Measurements - Many on-board time and frequency measurements can be made by the products, such as Vmin, Vmax, Vrms, Period, and Duty Cycle. For frequency, the measurements can be based on the entire waveform or the nth cycle within the waveform. The measurements can also be gated by cursors.
* Signal Processing and Waveform Math - Basic waveform math functions, such as addition, subtraction, and derivation, are available. Advanced processing functions, such as Fast Fourier Transformation (FFT) and digital filtering, are also standard on the products.
* Testing - Both limit and mask testing is standard on the products.
* Utilities - Other bench top capabilities uniquely found on these products include auto-configuration, the ability to save and recall instrument states, non-volatile storage of reference waveforms, over voltage input protection, and built-in offset calibration routines.
To get users up and running quickly, the ZScope soft front panel software is provided for complete interactive instrument control. ZScope auto-detects hardware and can be used with any instrument within the product families. The instruments come with plug-and-play instrument drivers that can be used with commonly used software development environments, such as LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI, Visual Basic, and C/C++. Each product in the family uses the same driver, providing seamless migration between the products. Also provided are example program libraries that highlight the use of the driver in LabVIEW and C. Driver source code and an intuitive command level interface can be used for those interested in using non-standard environments or register level access.
All ZTEC products are built using the ZTEC Universal Instrument Platform (UIP). This innovative and proprietary building block technology allows ZTEC to deploy common instrument hardware across multiple modular bus architectures, including VXI. Because UIP instruments utilize the same hardware core, ZTEC is able to deliver higher quality, higher performance, and lower cost modular instrument solutions to our customers.
The ZT431 family will be available in both standard PCI or CompactPCI/PXI form factors. The ZT432 family provides similar functionality for VXI. The entire ZT431 family is expected to ship by the end of Q3 2005.