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UF2-6110/11
8-bit DAC Arbitrary Waveform Generators

125 MS/s with 2 or 4 channels
  • 66 MHz PCI card. Also compatible with 33 MHz PCI slots
  • Up to 3 Vpp into 50 Ohm load
  • 2 or 4 independent and synchronized output channels
  • Offset and amplitude programable
  • 3 software selectable reconstruction filters
  • 1 kS/s to maximum output rate, each channel
  • Up to 4 GigaByte of onboard signal memory
  • FIFO mode, up to 225 MBytes/s data transfer with PC
  • Multi-card synchronization
  • 512 MByte onboard memory
  • Multiple Recording, Gated Sampling and Time Stamp options (Digitizers, Digital)
  • Multiple Replay, Gated Sampling options (AWG, Digital)
  • Drivers for LabVIEW and MATLAB
UF2-6100 Series Overview

There are 2 different 8-bit Arbitrary Waveform Generator cards in the UF2-6100 range. The cards are available with 2 or 4 output channels and have a 125 MS/s maximum channel output rate. Each channel can be independently set for offset, amplitude or filter.

The UF2 cards are used as lower cost, more flexible and deeper memory alternatives to standalone AWG instruments. The fast PCI-X bus gives direct integration with your preferred PC software, while the 225 MBytes/s data transfer delivers faster test times. 

  Maximum sampling rates
P/N 2 channel 4 channels
UF2-6110 125 MS/s  
UF2-6111 125 MS/s 125 MS/s
Standard mode...

The signals are downloaded to the onboard signal memory. Output is started on software or external TTL trigger and the signal(s) are output once, n times, or repeated until the card is stopped by software. This mode allows the cards to output at the maximum clock rate. While generating, the card operates independently of the host PC so the cpu can be used for other tasks.

... and FIFO mode. Generating continuously at 225 MBytes per second from the PC

Alternatively, the UltraFast boards also provide a FIFO mode that continuously transfers the waveform data gap-free from the PC to the AWG card while it outputs the signals. This mode has the advantage that longer signals can be generated than the available on-board memory.

Note that the maximum output rate is limited by the PCI-X bus transfer rate, which is typically 225 MBytes/s, and the number of activated channels. For a 8-bit AWG board this equates to a max sampling rate of f=225M/n where n is the total number of activated channels (including all cards in the system).

Synchronous channels

Each channel on the AWG board is equipped with it's own D/A converter for synchronous output, eliminating any risk of time-skew (or phase) errors.

Synchronizing multiple-cards in a single PC

The Star Hub option is an add-on that allows multiple cards, even of different types, to be synchronized. There are two versions that support up to 5 cards or 16 cards.

The Star Hub distributes the clock and trigger signals, so all channels are without time-skew errors and all cards start on the same trigger condition (any channel, any external TTL trigger). Any card can be defined as the clock master or trigger master by software. It's also possible to configure AND/OR trigger conditions (channel or external TTL) across multiple cards. Please note that the UF2 Star Hub option is not compatible with the older UF Star Hub option.

Download the UF2/UF2e Star Hub datasheet here.

Synchronizing multiple PC's

A new option, the System Star Hub synchronizes up to 271 UF2 cards hosted in up to 17 PC's. This option is useful if:

  • The number of channels/cards required can't fit in one PC
  • Data will be stored continuously (using FIFO mode) to hard disk array and the limits of the PCI/PCI-X means not all cards can be placed in one system
  • Extensive online calculations have to be made for several channels and the bus bandwidth isn't capable of streaming data for all channels or a single cpu power is not sufficient
Software selectable low-pass filters

Each channel can be configured with one of the three available low-pass filters, or you can choose to select the no-filter option. In addition, each channel has independent dcV offset adjustment.

Fine Resolution Sampling Rates

Most other products limit you to a few fixed sampling rate choices, however with the UltraFast cards you simply instruct the software which rate you require and the driver will automatically adjust the onboard PLL and hardware divider to achieve the closest sampling rate possible.

External Clock and External Trigger

Need to synchronize with external equipment? As standard the UltraFast cards are supplied with connectors for external clock and trigger. Both can be programmed as input or output, so the card can receive a TTL clock or output the internal clock and the trigger connector can receive a TTL trigger event or generate a trigger event from either a software trigger or detected channel trigger.

Easy Programming

Only six key functions to define a complete setup. Small DLL or module (Linux) uses few system resources and does not conflict with other programs. On request, we will be pleased to send you the User Manual as a pdf so you can see the many examples.

The API is identical for all UF2 Digitizer, AWG and Digital cards to reduce programming times.

What's included

The UF2 cards are supplied with:

  • Windows (XP, XP64) and Linux drivers
  • Extensive printed user manual with many programming examples
  • Source code programming examples: c/c++, VB, Delphi
  • SBench 6 waveform generationprogram for Win/Linux
  • Two years hardware warranty
  • Lifetime software updates (inc. future Win/Linux drivers)
  • Lifetime technical support from specialists
Features
Standard Features
Onboard signal memory
128 MSamples standard. Expandable to 4 GSamples onboard.
Standard mode Record at max rates of D/A's into card memory
FIFO mode
Up to 225 MBytes/s data streaming to PC memory
External clock I/O Clock input/output for synchronization with external systems
External trigger I/O Trigger input/output for synchronization with external systems
Reference clock Input of high precision external reference clock
   
Optional Features
Memory upgrades
Options: 256, 512, 1024, 2048 MSamples
Multiple Replay Memory segmentation and auto re-arm trigger for recording high-speed series of waveforms at high repetition rates. Especially suited to capture RADAR pulses.
Gated Sampling Recording controlled by external gate signal
Timestamp Records the time of trigger events in an extra FIFO buffer
Base Extra I/O (-xio) Asynch digital I/O's for control, read status or trigger off external equipment
Star Hub Perfect synchronization of up to 16 boards. Unique!
System Star Hub Synchronize up to 17 Star Hub systems (271 cards)
Drivers MATLAB, LabVIEW, VEE and DASYLab driver options
UF-6000 Amplifier Cards

The maximum output range of the AWG cards is +/-3V. Customers who require +/-10V output levels can now use the optional UF-6000 Amplifier cards. These half length PCI cards have 1 to 4 amplifier channels with a fixed amplification. Each channel can deliver +/-10 V in high impedance or +/-5 V in 50 ohm termination. The amplifier card has a bandwidth of 30 MHz.

• UF-6000-1Amp (1 channel)
• UF-6000-2Amp (2 channels)
• UF-6000-4Amp (4 channels)