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Newsletter - Issue 1, February 2017   

Introducing the world’s first 14-bit 10 GS/s digitizer

"In this issue you can read about our latest digitizer product ADQ7 which offers world-leading performance through its unique combination of high sampling rate and vertical resolution"

Through the introduction of ADQ7, SP Devices remains committed to delivering cutting-edge data acquisition products. The unique performance is made possible by our patented solution for time-interleaved ADC arrays, ADX, and we believe it will allow our customers to explore new concepts and architectures that have previously not been feasible. With SP Devices’ 14-bit digitizers our customers are no longer constrained to lower vertical resolution, but can instead enjoy exceptional dynamic range also at very high sampling rates.


ADQ7 is available in two different models:

  • ADQ7DC is DC-coupled and offers software selectable single- and dual-channel mode of operation with 10 GS/s (single-channel) and 5 GS/s (dual-channel) sampling rate respectively.
  • ADQ7AC is AC-coupled and offers dual-channel mode of operation with 5 GS/s sampling rate.

ADQ7DC is tailored for time-domain measurements such as capture of short pulses and typical applications include LiDAR, radar, mass spectrometry, automated test equipment (ATE), and more. ADQ7DC also supports Zero-IF IQ radio receivers with an instantaneous bandwidth of remarkable 5 GHz.

ADQ7AC is optimized for direct sampling of RF signals, and typical applications include L-band direct sampling, satellite monitoring, semiconductor test, RF recording, and more.

Both ADQ7 models hosts a powerful Xilinx Ultrascale XCKU060 field-programmable gate array (FPGA) which is made available to the user through an optional firmware development kit. For customer that do not wish to develop FPGA firmware, and for customers that need to shorten design time, there are also a number of optional application-specific firmware packages available. These packages contains real-time signal processing functions for advanced time-domain averaging (FWATD), data-driven pulse detection (FWPD) and software defined radio (FWSDR). All together these firmware solutions make the ADQ7 the ideal platform for OEM integration.

To simplify integration ADQ7 will be available in a number of different form factors:

  • MTCA.4 is frequently used in big physics and large multi-channel installations
  • USB3 allows for compact and easy-to-use integration
  • PCIe is ideal for applications that require high data transfer rates
  • PXIe enables flexible integration into a modular instrument
  • 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) allows for high-speed data transfer over long distances and also offers electrical isolation

MTCA and PXIe versions of the ADQ7 support triggering via the backplane and the MTCA version also contains built-in support for long distance synchronization through White Rabbit. White Rabbit provides sub-nanosecond accuracy and picoseconds precision of synchronization for large distributed systems. It also allows for deterministic and reliable data delivery.

A software development kit is included free of charge and supports multiple languages including, but not limited to, C++, C#, Matlab, Python, LabVIEW. The board can be operated under both Windows and Linux.

To reduce cost of ownership, ADQ7 comes with a 3-year warranty.

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Read previous issues online:

Issue #3, 2016 : ADQ14OCT–A 14-bit digitizer optimized for Swept-Source Optical Coherence Tomography
Issue #2, 2016 : FWSDR-A firmware for turning the ADQ14 Digitizer into a Software Defined Radio
Issue #1, 2016 : ADQ14-FWPD pulse detection firmware for data driven acquisition
Issue #5, 2015 : Comparison of Digitally-Enhanced GS/s Analog-to-Digital Converters
Issue #4, 2015 : ADQ214-DCLN - New digitizer optimized for low noise
Issue #3, 2015 : ADQ10GBE - 10 Gbit Ethernet card in PXIe format
Issue #2, 2015 : ADQ14 - 14-bit, 2 GSPS digitizer platform, 2-4 channels, open Kintex-7 FPGA
Issue #1, 2015 : Achieving 8 GS/s with 12-bit digitizer ADQ412-4G
Issue #3, 2014 : Digitizers optimized for pulsed-data capture
Issue #2, 2014 : New digitizer with DC-coupled and programmable front-end (ADQ412DC)
Issue #1, 2014 : Unique Performance Advantages with ADX
Issue #1, 2013 : PCIe x8 Gen2 and SAR Recording System
Issue #1, 2012 : SP Devices Introduces High-Performance MTCA.4 µTCA Products
Issue #3, 2011 : Signal generation capabilities added to our latest product
Issue #2, 2011 : SP Devices and LeCroy collaborate on new products
Issue #1, 2011 : PCI Express Interface Added to Our Most Powerful Digitizers
Issue #2, 2010 : Release of our Latest 14-bit ADC Evaluation Module Which Features 1.6 GS/s
Issue #1, 2010 : Ultra High-Speed Digitizers with Xilinx Virtex 6 FPGAs

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