Hitting the PCIe Gas

Arthur Cole

A Massachusetts company is claiming to have upped the speed ante for PCI Express digital I/O instrument boards.


Strategic Test says its UF2e-7000 series provides up to 32 channels with recording and replay rates at 125 MHz. The company also claims the ability to synchronize up to 127 boards for development of digitizers and arbitrary waveform generators, as well as automated test systems for sub-assemblies and semiconductor components.


The board comes in four flavors: 125 MHz on 16 channels; 125 MHz on 16 bits or 60 MHz on 32 channels; 125 MHz on 32 channels or 125 MHz on 32 bits or 60 MHz on 64 channels.


The standard board has 64 MB of onboard memory, which can up expanded up to 4 GB and coupled with varying clock rates to stream data to and from host PCs. The board also can be outfitted with a second quartz crystal oscillator to fine-tune output rates.

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