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cPCI Multichannel Digitizer Systems

In laboratories around the world, Keysight CompactPCI® cPCI instrumentation has become an integral part of advanced experimental systems, whether for system control or experiment observation.

cPCI digitizers and TDCs provide channel density that is designed for use in multichannel systems. By integrating multiple units into one desktop or rackmount chassis it is possible to create a complete data acquisition system with up to 80 synchronized digitizer acquisition channels or 240 TDC channels in one chassis.

cPCI digitizers

The Keysight Acqiris cPCI high-speed digitizers cover the following range of specifications and capabilities:

  • 200 MS/s to 8 GS/s on one or more channels
  • Vertical resolution of 8, 10, 12-bits
  • Bandwidths of up to 1 GHz
  • Flexible acquisition memory
  • Fast data throughput
  • On-board real-time signal processing using FPGA

cPCI time-to-digital converters

Keysight offers TDC products that are ideal for applications where high timing resolution (to 5 picosecond) and precision are required. Versions include single-shot event recording, and multi-hit TDCs for streaming of timing data rates of up to 1 Megaevent/sec.

Control Software

Multichannel systems containing Keysight Acqiris digitizers or TDCs can be easily controlled using the turnkey multichannel acquisition software AcqirisMAQS. This powerful PC oscilloscope software was designed and developed specifically for control and monitoring of advanced data acquisition systems with many channels, and is ideal for single-shot/event applications in hydrodynamics, particle and nuclear physics. It allows remote Ethernet operation of multiple systems at various networked locations.

Typical Applications

Typical applications for CompactPCI digitizers and TDCs include: medical instrumentation, plasma physics, nuclear physics, particle accelerator beam steering, radio astronomy, gamma telescopes, neutrino detection hydrodynamics, detonation science, and environmental monitoring.

For a complete review of the Keysight cPCI multichannel systems possibilities, please click here.

Interested in another kind of high-speed digitizer? Check our Data converter selection guide

CompactPCI® and the CompactPCI logo are registered US trademarks of the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group.

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Research Papers: Academic publications on use of Keysight high-speed digitizers
Summary of scientific papers which provide a wide range of data on where and how Keysight high-speed digitizers are used in the advanced research experiments.

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User Manual 2011-06-01

U1051A Press Releases

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Acqiris U1051A Configuration Guide
This configuration guide explains how to configure the product: number of channels, front-end option, input connector types, memory options, etc.

Configuration Guide 2008-11-27

U1051A Acqiris TC890 Time-to-Digital Converter
Document describing the features of the U1051A 6-channel, multi-stop time-to-digital converter (TDC) with multi-start acquisition mode and 50 ps timing resolution.

Technical Overview 2008-05-19