HybridNETBOX: Spectrum’s All-in-One Generator and Digitizer

The hybridNETBOX is an innovative instrumentation platform that combines a multi-channel arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) and a digitizer in a single portable unit. With their unique capability for simultaneous signal generation and acquisition, these powerful tools are perfect for applications involving stimulus-response or closed-loop type testing.

April 01, 2021. By News Bureau

The hybridNETBOX is an innovative instrumentation platform that combines a multi-channel arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) and a digitizer in a single portable unit.

With their unique capability for simultaneous signal generation and acquisition, these powerful tools are perfect for applications involving stimulus-response or closed-loop type testing.

In total, 14 different hybridNETBOX-models are available now, with 2+2, 4+4 or 8+8 matched channels and a choice of speeds from 40 MS/s up to to 1.25 GS/s.

The ability to create and acquire electronic signals at the same time enables the hybridNETBOX to play a key role in automated closed-loop or stimulus-response type testing. For example, they can reproduce and capture “echo” signals such as those found in Radar, Sonar, Lidar or Ultrasound. With their multi-channel capability, they can test these systems even when arrays of transmitters and receivers are used.

Each hybridNETBOX has its’ own AWG and digitizer section. The AWG channels can generate almost any waveshape thanks to their use of the latest, high resolution, 16-bit digital to analog converters (DAC).

For signal acquisition, the digitizer channels feature similarly outstanding performances. Users can select from models that provide 16-bit resolution and sampling rates of 40, 80, 125, 180 or 250 MS/s or 14-bit resolution and sampling rates of 400 or 500 MS/s.

Oliver Rovini, Technical Director at Spectrum Instrumentation, said, “We've created the hybridNETBOX series for engineers and scientists that require precise, simultaneous waveform generation and signal acquisition in manual, automated or remotely controlled applications. Being portable LXI instruments, they’re easy to integrate into almost any system. Just connect them to a PC or network, via the Gbit Ethernet port, and start generating, acquiring and analysing signals."

Each hybridNETBOX includes Spectrum’s own control software -- SBench 6 -- for signal generation, acquisition, display, signal processing, storage and reporting. SBench 6 allows waveforms to be created using standard functions and mathematical equations.

To help with waveform generation and acquisition, the units have large on-board memories and include a number of operating modes.

In addition to the digitizer and AWG channels, the front-panel of each hybridNETBOX includes multiple digital I/O connectors. These make it easy to integrate units into a test system.

With over 30 years of knowledge in designing and building fast AWGs and digitizers, Spectrum offers an industry-leading, 5-year warranty for customer’s peace of mind. This includes free software and firmware updates for each unit’s lifetime.

Additionally, customers get support directly from Spectrum's hardware and software engineers. All 14 hybridNETBOX models are available now, with a typical delivery time of 2 to 3 weeks.

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