Newsletter - New Multi-Channel Digitizer with Large FPGA

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Today we introduce the ADQ36 – a fourth-generation 12-bit digitizer with software-configurable two- or four-channel mode of operation that offers 5 or 2.5 GSPS sampling rate respectively. It also features a large user-programmable Xilinx Kintex Ultrascale KU115 field-programmable gate array (FPGA). This makes ADQ36 ideal for computationally demanding multi-channel applications such as Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR).

In addition to the powerful onboard processing capabilities, ADQ36 supports peer-to-peer streaming at rates of 7 Gbyte/s. This is a huge advantage compared to conventional solutions which require data to be copied via the RAM of the host PC. With peer-to-peer, both the CPU and RAM can instead be used for other tasks. The 7 Gbyte/s data stream can then be post-processed in a graphical processing unit (GPU) or recorded to a high-speed solid-state disk (SSD) storage.

The versatile and easy-to-use software Digitizer Studio is included free of charge with the digitizer and offers powerful configuration, control, and display capabilities.