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Newsletter - Issue 1 | September, 2012 
SP Devices Introduces High-Performance MTCA.4 µTCA Products
In this issue we are pleased to announce the introduction of a new form factor - MTCA.4 µTCA.
All our ADQ V6 family members are now available in this new form factor.
Supporting Multi-Channel Data Capture With MTCA.4 µTCA

With family members SDR14 Micro-TCAADQ412, and ADQ1600 the ADQ V6 digitizer family offers a wide range of sampling rates and vertical resolution. With the introduction of the MTCA.4 µTCA form factor the synchronization and multi-channel capabilities of the family is extended, making it an ideal solution for data acquisition in for example big physics.

The newly introduced MTCA.4 µTCA device provides standard digitizer functions which are already well established on the other existing form factors, PCIe, PXIe, and USB. In addition, the MTCA.4 µTCA digitizer offers a number of additional hardware connectors for custom data links that can be accessed through an FPGA firmware development kit (ADQ Development Kit) that is available for each respective device. All members of the ADQ V6 digitizer family are based on the Xilinx Virtex 6 LX240T FPGA.

ADQ V6 Digitizer Family Product Matrix

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 SP Devices’ Value Proposition for the Test & Measurement Markets

In test and measurement (T&M) systems performance and signal fidelity is key and achieving high performance often require the use of very expensive custom components. By using signal processing technology from SP Devices, performance degrading artifacts originating from the analog domain is compensated for in the digital domain and as a result our customers can stay ahead of competition and achieve state-of-the-art performance based on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components.

SP Devices’ proprietary ADX interleaving IP enables unprecedented sampling rates and high effective bandwidth with no loss of dynamic range while the ADL linearization IP improves the linearity of the analog input path and therefore increase the dynamic range and the total performance of the T&M system. In summary, the use of ADX and ADL IP from SP Devices will provide the performance needed for these advanced T&M systems while allowing for the use of COTS components.

About SP Devices’ ADX Interleaving Technology

Time-interleaving of analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) is a way to increase the overall system sampling rate by using several ADCs in parallel. The challenge is to handle the mismatch between the individual ADCs, especially at higher frequencies. With its unique self-learning and high-resolution capabilities, SP Devices' ADX technology offers previously unseen performance. Corrections are made transparently and in real-time without any need for calibration signals or idle time slots during which to perform calibration. The mismatch correction algorithm supports a resolution of up to 16 bits, with a preserved SFDR of up to 95 dB, depending on the properties of the specific ADC array.

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SP Devices Provides Solutions to the Complete Value Chain

We help our customers to improve competitiveness regardless of where they are positioned in the value chain. The offering from SP Devices covers the complete range from Silicon Manufacturers to System Integrators. SP Devices' products are available as Silicon IP, FPGA IP, reference designs, and complete digitizer boards.

The ADX interleaving technology is available as silicon IP for chip manufacturers and semiconductor companies who need to increase ADC sampling speed. ADX is also available as FPGA IP, targeting the market of system suppliers, digitizer companies, and T&M companies.

For customers who do not want to design their own digitizer solution, SP Devices offers both off-the-shelf digitizer solutions as well as customized digitizers.

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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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