PX1500-4 – 1.5 GS/s 4 Channel or 3.0 GS/s 2 Channel, 8 bit, PCIe x8, Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA, Digitizer Board

The PX1500-4 is a four channel waveform capture board that can acquire up to 1500 MSPS on each channel or up to 3000 MSPS for dual channel operation when ADC data is interleaved. The PX1500-4 can be set up to use either a transformer coupled front end or an amplifier connection. The transformer connection can only be set for AC coupled operation and has a frequency capture range of 5 MHz to 2 GHz. The amplifier can be set for either AC or DC coupled operation with a frequency range of up to 1 GHz.

The board features an 8 lane PCI Express connection to the computer host as well as 2 gigabytes of on-board memory. If the average acquisition data rate does not exceed 1400 MB/s then the entire 2 GB memory may be used as an exceptionally large FIFO for acquiring non-stop, continuous data directly to the PCI Express bus. Significant test data has shown that recording with large FIFO buffering can be continuous at these rates even when operating in traditional non real-time environments such as the Windows operating system.

The PX1500-4 employs two Virtex-5 FPGAs which have ample unused programmable logic cells for customers to implement their own custom in-line signal processing (as an option). Hooks and examples are provided to simplify this task.

The PX1500-4 was designed to maximize the quality of the captured signal in terms of signal-to-noise ratio and spurious-free dynamic range over a very wide frequency range. For this reason, there are no switch components in the analog signal path or bandwidth limiting programmable gain amplifiers; giving customers the benefit of a nearly direct path to the ADC from either the amplifier or transformer coupled input.

A frequency synthesized clock allows the ADC sampling rate to be set to virtually any value from 200 MHz, the minimum allowable ADC clock, to 1500 MHz, offering maximum flexibility for sampling rate selection. This frequency selection flexibility comes at no cost to the acquisition clock quality/performance when locked to either the onboard 10 MHz, 5 PPM reference clock or to an externally provided 10 MHz reference clock. The ADC may also be clocked from an external clock source.

Up to six boards can be set up for fully synchronized operation up to 1.5GHz by utilizing the SYNC1500-6 as the clock and trigger source for the system.

Product Specifications

Product: PX1500-4 Full Data Sheet
Update: Revision 1.09 - 08/26/2013
File Size: 787 KB

External Signal Connections
     Analog Inputs (4): SMA
     Clock Input: SMA
     Trigger Input: SMA
     Sync Input: SMA - Not Available
     Digital Input / Output: SMA
Analog Inputs – Amplifier
     Full Scale Voltage: 500 mV
     Impedance: 50 ohms
     Bandwidth: 1.0 MHz to 1.0 GHz (AC-Coupled)
DC to 1.0 GHz (DC-Coupled)
     SNR (dc-500 MHz): 46 dB
     SFDR (1-500 MHz): 55 dB
Analog Inputs – Transformer
     Full Scale Input Voltage: 700 mV
     Impedance: 50 ohms
     Bandwidth: 5.0 MHz to 2.0 GHz (AC-Coupled)
     SNR (dc-500 MHz):
             (@ 1000 MHz):
             (@ 1500 MHz):
46 dB
44 dB
42 dB
     SFDR (5-1000 MHz):
                (@ 1500 MHz):
55 dB
48 dB
External Trigger
     Signal Type: LVPECL (3.3V Logic)
     Impedance: 50 ohms to +1.3V
Internal Synthesized Clock
     Frequency Range: 200-1500 MHz
     Resolution: better than 62.5 PPM
     Accuracy: better than 5 PPM
External Clock
     Signal Type: sine wave or square wave
     Coupling: AC
     Impedance: 50 ohms
     Termination: Ground or +1.3V
     Frequency: 200-1500 MHz
     Amplitude: 800 mV (-300/+1200)
Post ADC Clock Divider
     Divider Settings: 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32
Reference Clock
     Internal: 10.0 MHz, +/- 5 ppm max.
     External: 10.0 MHz, +/- 50 ppm max (required for lock)
     Type: ADC08D1520 (National)
     Resolution: 8 Bits
     Clock Rate: 200 – 1500 MHz
Digital Input / Output
     Type: TTL Logic Level (standard)
     Max. Frequency: 200 MHz
     Connection: series 100 ohms to FPGA I/O
Trigger Modes
     Post Trigger: single start trigger fills active memory
     Pretrigger: single trigger stops acquisition
     Segmented: start trigger for each memory segment
Trigger Options
     Pretrigger Samples: 8k samples max., total all channels
     Delayed Trigger: 64k digitizer clock cycles max.
     Total Size: 2 Gigasamples
     Segment Size: Up to 128 Megasamples
     Segment Re-Arm Time: 150 nanoseconds
     Addressing: DMA transfers from starting address
Power Requirements
     +12V: 1.0 Amps max.
     +3.3V: 3.3 Amps max.
Absolute Maximum Ratings
     Analog Inputs: +/- 3.5 volts
     Trigger Input: -0.2 to +4.0 volts DC
     Clock Input: 5 volts peak to peak
     Operating Temperature: +32 to +122F / 0 to +50C
     Storage Temperature: -4 to +158F / -20 to +70C
     Operating Relative Humidity: 10% to 90%, non-condensing
     Operating Vibration: 0.25 G, 5 Hz to 500 Hz
     Operating Shock: 2.5 G, 11 ms, 1/2 sine
     Board Dimensions: 7.5” L x 4.3” H x 0.75” W /
19.0cm L x 10.9cm H x 1.9cm W
     Regulatory Information: RoHS Compliant