PC Instrumentation Systems for High-Speed Data Acquisition

GaGe has a long history of providing high-speed real-time signal acquisition, processing, and recording systems on PC-based platforms. This expertise saves customers time and eliminates uncertainties and risks with self-integrated systems.

The advantage of the open PC-based system platform is that it allows the capability to mix and match a variety of instruments tailored for a specific application requirement with very high-speed data transfer rates via the PCIe interface for real-time signal-based solutions.

Unlike traditional boxed-based test equipment whose functionality is set and non-upgradeable, the modularity of a PC-based system platform allows for flexibility of future modification or upgrade capability without having to replace the entire system.

By leveraging the latest COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) computer components, engineers can design and deliver best-of-class high-performance real-time systems with typically less development time and less cost than closed proprietary based systems.

Customizable high-performance PC workstations provide up to 160 PCIe Gen5 dedicated bandwidth lanes to maximize operational performance of multiple instrument cards and high-speed storage with capacities up to 368 TB. Form factors include laptop, portable, desktop, 1U, 2U, and 4U rackmount configurations.

Please contact us to discuss your specific requirements, and we’ll configure a custom system tailored to your application requirements.

IF Signal Recording App

DsScope is a Windows based PC oscilloscope application that requires no programming for digitizer operation, display acquired signal data for analysis, and conduct IF real-time streaming signal recordings to storage with live monitoring. Analysis displays include Time Domain, Frequency Spectrum, and Spectrogram.

The companion DsScopeView application allows an operator to open/view and conduct playback of previous signal recordings to the display monitor for analysis, with additional display capabilities that include persistence and histogram modes.

RF Signal Recording App

SpectraScopeRT is a Windows based spectrum analyzer application that requires no programming and allows for integrated operational control of both the downconverter receiver and the digitizer for signal capture, analysis, and conduct RF real-time streaming signal recordings with live monitoring. Any tuner, downconverter, or receiver with an IF output or a virtual receiver is supported. Analysis displays include Time Domain, Frequency Spectrum, Power Spectrum, Constellation, Spectrogram, Persistence, & Histogram.

The companion SpectraViewRT application allows an operator to open/view and conduct playback of previous signal recordings to the display monitor for analysis.

RF Downconverters

Today’s high-band signal standards are using higher frequencies and wider bandwidths than ever before for applications such as next generation 5G wireless services, satellite communications, electronic warfare, and more.

GaGe offers a selection of RF Downconverter models that can cover narrowband frequencies starting at 9 kHz to wideband frequencies up to 40 GHz, with instantaneous bandwidths (IBW) that range from 10 MHz up to 500 MHz. The outputs of the RF Downconverters are connected to the channel inputs of high-speed PCIe Digitizers with suitable input bandwidth and A/D sampling rates for the targeted application.

Ultra-Portable RF Signal Recorders

These real-time spectrum analyzer solutions feature ultra-portable configurations for real-time, long-term recording of RF signals. Wideband signals up to 27 GHz can be viewed, analyzed, and recorded using system-based packages that weigh up to 10.8 kg / 24 lb.

Capabilities include broadband spectrum viewing, waterfall displays, frequency domain triggering, and signal averaging, with many cursor and display options and real-time recordings up to 160 MHz in bandwidth, or selectable recorded bandwidths of 100, 80, 40, and 10 MHz, depending on configuration.