PX14400A – 400 MS/s, 14 bit, AC Coupled, 2 Channel, Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA, PCIe x8, High Speed Digitizer Board

The PX14400A is a dual channel AC-coupled waveform capture board that provides a remarkable combination of high speed and high resolution sampling along with a very large memory capacity. Signal frequencies up to 200 MHz can be accurately captured when using the programmable gain amplifier or up to 400 MHz if the direct transformer coupled connection is used. Where DC-coupling is required, the PX14400D should be considered.

The PX14400A has a primary sample-data RAM bank of 512 MB memory that may be used as an exceptionally large FIFO for acquiring non-stop, continuous data directly to either the PCI Express (PCIe) bus or the SAB. In Buffered Acquisition Mode (where the 512 MB RAM FIFO is used) the PX14400A is capable of sustaining 1400 MB/s over the PCIe 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 PX14400A employs up to two Virtex-5 FPGAs, where one of the FPGAs is available as an option for customers to implement their own custom in-line signal processing. A standard FIFO interface to the Signatec specific logic portion of the PX14400A along with control flags, an example program using the FIFOs/flags and a programmer's manual are provided with the optionally available PX14400A Firmware Development Kit. The PX14400A can be ordered either with or without this 2nd user accessible FPGA. Boards without the user FPGA are -DR (data recording only) models and boards with the user FPGA are -SP (signal processing) models.

The PX14400A can be ordered either with or without this 2nd user accessible FPGA. Boards without the FPGA are –DR versions of the product (data recording only) and boards with the user FPGA are –SP versions of the product (signal processing).

The PX14400A 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. The programmable amplifier allows for setting the full scale input voltage from 220 millivolts to 3.5 volts in 1 dB steps.

A frequency synthesized clock allows the ADC sampling rate to be set to virtually any value from 20 to 400 MHz (except 277 MHz to 308 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.

Multiple PX14400A boards may be interconnected in a Master/Slave hardware configuration via a ribbon cable that connects at the top of the boards. In this configuration, the Master board drives the clock and trigger signals for the Slave boards so that data sampling on all boards occurs simultaneously.  Up to five boards can be connected for sampling rates up to 270MHz.  Up to three boards can be connected for sampling rates up to 400MHz.

Product Specifications

Product: PX14400A (AC-Coupled) Full Data Sheet
Update: Revision 1.04 - 05/29/2013
File Size: 664 KB

External Signal Connections
     Analog Input, Channel 1: SMA
     Analog Input, Channel 2: SMA
     Clock Input: SMA
     Trigger Input: SMA
     Digital Input / Output: SMA
Analog Inputs – Amplifier
     Full Scale Voltage Ranges: 200 mV to 3.5 V in 1dB steps
     Impedance: 50 ohms
     Bandwidth: 100kHz - 200 MHz (Bessel filter)
     SNR (1-200 MHz): 65 dB
     SFDR (@ 100 MHz): 83 dB
Analog Inputs – Transformer
     Full Scale Voltage Ranges: 1.1 Volts
     Impedance: 50 ohms
     Bandwidth: 500 kHz to 400 MHz
     SNR (1-200 MHz): 68 dB
     SFDR (@ 100 MHz): 80 dB
External Trigger
     Signal Type: digital, TTL signal level
     Impedance: >10k ohms
     Bandwidth: 50 MHz
Internal Synthesized Clock
     Frequency Range: 20.0 - 400 MHz
     Resolution: better than 10 PPM
     Accuracy: better than 5 PPM
     Unsettable Ranges: 277-308 MHz
External Clock
     Signal Type: sine wave or square wave
     Coupling: AC
     Impedance: 50 ohms
     Frequency: 20 MHz to 400 MHz
     Amplitude: 100 mV p-p to 2.0 V p-p
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)
Digital Input / Output
     Type: TTL Logic Level (standard)
     Max. Frequency: 200 MHz
     Connection: 50 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: samples prior to trigger are stored; Single Channel: 8k max.; Dual Channel: 4k max per channel
     Delayed Trigger: delay from trigger to data storage; Up to 64k digitizer clock cycles
     Total Size: 512 Megasamples; split 50/50 for raw sample data capture and FPGA data processing
     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: +/- 4 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