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Test & Measurement
2nd November 2022
High-resolution digitiser helps in hunt for dark matter

To help explain the formation, evolution and behaviour of large-scale structures in the universe such as galaxies, scientists have predicted the existence of dark matter. In fact, theory suggests that the universe may actually contain up to five times more dark matter than ordinary matter!

Test & Measurement
12th October 2022
Record-breaking digitisers now offer advanced FPGA-based averaging

A new firmware option has been created by Spectrum Instrumentation that allows the company’s high-speed M5i digitiser cards to perform on-board summation averaging.

Test & Measurement
14th September 2022
Sound waves studied in a simulated ocean

The Acoustics Research Group at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Brigham Young University, Utah, USA has chosen Spectrum Instrumentation’s digitisers and signal generators to form the heart of its new underwater acoustics laboratory.

News & Analysis
18th May 2022
Record-breaking digitizers get next variant

Spectrum Instrumentation expands leading-edge digitizer family

Mixed Signal/Analog
27th April 2022
SPECTRUM digitisers and AWGs support NVIDIA Clara

Spectrum Instrumentation now offers driver support for the NVIDIA Clara AGX, a universal computing architecture for the next generation of AI medical instruments. The new drivers enable scientists and developers to choose from 64 different Spectrum Digitisers, Arbitrary Waveform Generators (AWGs) and Digital I/O cards, letting the NVIDIA Clara AGX kit perform high-speed electronic signal acquisition and generation for analog and digital signals.&...

Communications
9th March 2022
Next-gen digitiser cards smash transfer speed barriers

The release of two PCIe Digitizer cards from Spectrum Instrumentation brings next gen performance to PC-based instrumentation.

Test & Measurement
9th February 2022
Microwave spectrometer for interstellar research

Microwave spectroscopy is a very powerful tool for discovering molecular structures and operates at very low temperatures near absolute zero (1 to 5 Kelvin). The spectrometers generally either operate with high sensitivity over a very narrow bandwidth or a wide frequency with reduced sensitivity.

Optoelectronics
24th November 2021
Digitizer cards to measure diameters of distant cosmic objects

Ultra-clean signal handling and nanosecond data precision leads to "unprecedented" cosmic sensitivity of the world's "largest" Cherenkov telescopes.

Design
5th May 2021
Software language accelerates developments in AI, medicine and robotics

The fight against the Coronavirus does not only take place in medical laboratories, but also in computing. Handling the huge amounts of data for vaccine development requires advanced tools: 'Julia', a relatively new software language, has surged in popularity. It delivers comparable speed and functionality to programming in C while also allowing scientific and numerical computing. 

Test & Measurement
19th March 2021
Digitisers and AWGs now support ARM-based NVIDIA Jetson

Following a number of requests from its customers, Spectrum Instrumentation now offers driver support for the NVIDIA Jetson, a series of embedded computing boards from NVIDIA. The new driver package means that any of Spectrum's high performance Digitisers, AWGs or Digital I/O products with PCIe interface, currently 65 different cards, can be used with this small but powerful platform. 

Test & Measurement
25th February 2021
Scanning atoms with the tip of a needle

The Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) is an important tool in materials science and used for mechanical scanning of surfaces. The forces acting between the atoms of the surface and the tip of a nanoscopic needle are measured and calculated giving resolutions in the order of fractions of a nanometer.

Appointments
10th February 2021
Spectrum Instrumentation appoints new Managing Director

Spectrum Instrumentation has announced that Carsten Gralla has joined its expanded executive team as Managing Director. Carsten holds a degree in mechanical engineering and is seen as a major asset to the business. Having previously worked in both large and small organisations, he brings a wealth of experience in all areas of commerce. This includes production, IT, international sales, marketing and quality management. As MD, Carsten will work wi...

Test & Measurement
5th February 2021
Mixed signal testing using modular PC instruments

Testing mixed signal devices requires both analogue and digital measurements. Analogue measurements, which acquire data samples with high amplitude resolution as a function of time, are used to test physical layer compliance with test standards, and digital measurements, which obtain data samples with single bit resolution versus time, assure data state as a function of time and permit evaluation of protocol content. Oliver Rovini - Technica...

Test & Measurement
28th January 2021
Digitizer range gets eight new high-speed variants

Spectrum Instrumentation has extended its range of hybridNETBOX products with the addition of eight high-speed models.  

Quantum Tech
14th October 2020
AWG-card by Spectrum used to move around single atoms

How do you determine what is going on when you can’t actually see the components in the system you are investigating? This is the challenge when investigating the quantum behaviour of electrons in a lattice of ions. The solution being created by the Physics Department at the University of San Diego, California is to build a model that is slightly larger with observable components of single atoms moving in an optical lattice.

Test & Measurement
9th July 2020
Fast PCIe digitisers get additional digital inputs

Spectrum Instrumentation has announced a new digital input option (M4i.44xx-DigSMA) for its popular high-speed and high-resolution series of PCIe digitisers. The option consists of an additional module that sits beside the existing digitiser card to provide eight additional digital input lines.

Sensors
27th May 2020
Digitisers used for road-radar to detect wild animals

Every two minutes there is an accident caused by wildlife on German roads at a cost to the insurance industry of more than €600m in 2015 alone. To address this, the Universities of Applied Sciences of Ulm and Heilbronn along with industrial partners have created 'SALUS' to help detect wild animals.

Test & Measurement
22nd April 2020
LXI-digitisers get extra I/O lines for mixed-mode testing

Spectrum Instrumentation has extended the capabilities of its popular LXI-digitisers by adding a powerful mixed-mode testing option. This new option is available on four different models, all featuring 8 analogue input channels that synchronously sample signals at rates up to 5 MS/s, 20 MS/s, 40 MS/s or 125 MS/s with 16-bit resolution.

Test & Measurement
11th March 2020
New digitisers provide up to 5 MS/s speeds

Spectrum Instrumentation has released 11 new digitiser products that are specifically intended for the capture and analysis of electronic signals in the DC to 2MHz frequency range.

Test & Measurement
12th February 2020
AWGs deliver 24V output swings on up to 8 channels

The ability of Arbitrary Waveform Generators (AWGs) to recreate virtually any waveshape makes them especially useful as signal generators in today’s sophisticated electronic systems. Spectrum Instrumentation recently released four new models in its generatorNETBOX family with output swings of up to 24V on up to 8 channels, to cover even the most demanding test applications.

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