Strategic Test Rolls Out Six New Transient Recorder Cards

Strategic Test Corp has released six new Transient Recorder cards in the UF2-4700 series. Using multiple 16-bit ADC’s for true simultaneous sampling, the cards are available with a choice of maximum sampling rates of 100 kS/s, 250 kS/s and 500 kS/s. The cards are available in 8- or 16-channel configurations enabling the user to select the most cost-effective solution with prices from only $160 per channel.

Drivers for Microsoft Windows XP and XP64 (64 bit) and Linux (32-bit and 64-bit) are supplied together with free downloads of future OS version drivers such as Windows Vista. Drivers for MATLAB, LabVIEW, VEE, DASYLab and LabWindows/CVI are available as options.

“During the development special attention was paid to the quality of the input gain section and the A/D converters”, Bob Giblett, President of Strategic Test commented. “This resulted in extremely low noise and distortion on all input ranges, and a resolution of more than 14.9 effective number of bits (ENOB), SNR better than 91 dB, a THD figure less than 101 dB and a SFDR better than 108.9 dB.”

Each channel contains an independent amplifer that allows the user to program each channel with the voltage range to best match each sensor. Eight ranges are provided from ±50 mV to ±10 V. A self-calibration feature ensures the removal of any dc offsets prior to recording.

Based on the new PCI-X (66 MHz / 32-bit PCI) bus-based UF2 series carrier card, these cards can continuously transfer data to the host PC at up to 112 mega samples (225 Mbyte) per second. It is also possible to continuously record for hours to hard disks set up in a RAID configuration at up to 105 mega samples per second, thereby saving the cost of adding expensive onboard memory.

Using the Star Hub option, up to 16 cards in a single industrial PC can be configured as a synchronous system. In addition the System Star Hub option allows up to 271 cards in up to 16 PC’s to be synchronized, giving over 4000 simultaneous channels, all sharing a sampling clock. This channel count potential can be especially interesting for users of the older CAMAC card format of chassis based data acquisition systems who are looking to migrate to a new platform with a low channel cost.

The UF2-4700 cards offer a wide range of triggering possibilities including level, window, pulse-width, re-arm and double triggers as well as an external TTL trigger input. It’s possible to set trigger conditions on multiple cards or systems combined with AND/OR, a feature often used in production test processes.

The Ultrafast UF2-4700 cards are available immediately and prices range from $3190 for the UF2-4710 8 channel 100 kS/s card, to $7840 for the 16 channel 500 kS/s version.

About Strategic Test
With a product range of more than 150 high-speed Digitizer, Arbitrary Waveform Generator and high-speed Digital I/O PCI, 3U PXI and 6U CompactPCI cards, Strategic Test Corporation is one of the leading suppliers of high-speed PC-based instruments. The UltraFast cards are designed at the R&D facility in northern Germany and distributed through our offices in Woburn (MA) and Stockholm (Sweden).

The first high-speed measurement card for PCs was designed in 1989. All of the current range cards has been developed since 2002. The UF2 series based on the PCI-X 66 MHz/32-bit PCI bus is the latest generation and sets new standards in onboard memory size and user flexibility. Strategic Test’s clients include global electronics, semiconductor, defense, telecommunications and medical instrument companies, government funded research labs and universities in five continents.