Microwave Journal

Keysight's AcqirisMAQS simplifies multichannel data acquisition systems

July 16, 2015

Keysight Technologies Inc. announced a new version of its U1092A AcqirisMAQS Multichannel Acquisition Software. This application, providing unique features for massively multichannel acquisition systems, evolved together with all Keysight’s latest technologies, including the newly introduced M9709A AXIe 8-bit high-speed digitizer.

AcqirisMAQS proven software, designed specifically for largemultichannel acquisition,enables configuration management as well as visualization of data for hundreds of channels from a single console. The client-server architecture supports remote operation, making it possible for the data acquisition system to be distributed over a LAN. This high-density, compact solution is currently being used for advanced physics experiments, such as hydrodynamics, plasma fusion, particle physics and microwave astronomy.

The fully configurable graphical user interface allows engineers and scientists to easily select instruments and measurement channels for the configuration of the acquisition parameters. Acquired data is presented in multiple, powerful display windows for immediate viewing. Each data display window is fully configurable, including the selection of the number of plot areas and axes. Additional display functions provide multi-record overlay, persistence, frequency spectrum (FFT with choice of windowing and selectable section of the signal) and scalar computations on each trace. A special option for triggered single shot experiments adds an advanced configuration manager, digitizer memory protection locking and fail-safe operation.

“We were proud to learn that one of our customers routinely uses our product for single-shot experiments with up to 300 channels,” said Levent Erbüke, software quality lead, Keysight Software & Modular Solutions. “This version of AcqirisMAQS adds a new dimension in massively multichannel acquisition systems by adding support for our latest generation of products, such as the M9709A, 32 channels, AXIe high-speed digitizer. With a unique combination of hardware, software and people, Keysight is providing engineers and scientists with research insights never seen before.”

Keysight’s multichannel digitizers contain all the timing and synchronization technologies needed to create synchronous sampling across 10s or 100s of channels at a time. For example, a reliable triggering and synchronization is essential to correctly recreate the event or process from captured data. More information about simplifying high-speed multichannel acquisition systems is available in the AcqirisMAQS Multichannel Acquisition Software Document Library.

The new version of the AcqirisMAQS multichannel acquisition software, including a 30-day free trial (evaluation mode), is available now for the recently announced Keysight M9709A AXIe 8-bit high-speed digitizer as well as all the others Keysight high-speed digitizers. The 30-day free trial provides the Master and Monitoring functionality for 30 days.

Licensing options include the following:

  • U1092A-S01 for Master Only systems, where a single client can control an unlimited number of distributed servers. Each server may be controlled or monitored by a single client at any time.
  • U1092A-S02 for Master and Monitoring, which allows multiple clients for each server as well as an unlimited number of distributed servers. With this option, additional clients may connect to each server for monitoring or data retrieval.
  • U1092A-S03 for Single Shot experiments. This option provides full functionality, including controlled configuration, setup and acquisition for triggered, single event data capture. S03 can be installed on unlimited machines (clients or servers) at the licensed site.

Contact Keysight for more information on how to control systems from Keysight and other manufacturers at digitizers@keysight.com.

More information about the multichannel acquisition software AcqirisMAQSis available at www.keysight.com/find/AcqirisMAQS.