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Posted: Mar 28, 2011

Berkeley Nucleonics Introduces the World's Fastest Transient Digitizer for the Scientific Market

(Nanowerk News) Berkeley Nucleonics Corporation, an instrumentation pioneer since 1963, is introducing the world's fastest transient digitizer for the scientific market. The Model 1150 will measure single-shot pulse events down to 50 ps at a maximum input voltage of 2000 volts.
A transient digitizer captures and records a single or repetitive electrical event with digital and analog readouts. The Model 1150 is ideal for recording pulse phenomena in fields such as EMC/EMP, high voltage breakdown tests and high speed circuit tests. The new Model 1150 provides groundbreaking capabilities to researchers looking at sub-nanosecond events with optional 8 inch display and fiducial input.
Key parameters such as real time sampling resolution and jitter are 1 picosecond and 5 picoseconds respectively. These remarkable performance numbers are achieved by a scanning technique that uses an analog CRT screen to initially capture the signal and then digitizing with a 13 bit amplitude resolution to quantify the signal.
"The use of an analog front end CRT allows unprecedented performance", comments John Yee, Applications Manager at Berkeley Nucleonics. "We employ all of the latest signal processing on the digital back-end but initially record the signal in analog."
There are several packaging options and interfaces available with the Model 1150 to address a range of laboratory and field needs. The portable system may be deployed in remote locations where vibration studies or explosives research limit the availability of a laboratory environment.
The ability to capture and measure signals is fundamental to Berkeley Nucleonics. The company's flagship Pulse and Digital Delay Generators offer sub-nanosecond timing control of up to 32 edges in a single digital delay generator. High Voltage Pulse Generators allow users to select amplitudes up to 800V with fast rise times and nanosecond delay and width resolution. Light Pulse Generators provide optical and electrical outputs with 100mW of light at wavelengths from 450nm to 1580nm. More details on the complete benchtop line of test equipment is available at http://www.berkeleynucleonics.com or 800-234-7858.
Berkeley Nucleonics was founded in 1963 as a spin-off of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in Berkeley, California. The company manufactures lines of instrumentation for medical, nuclear, physics and chemistry fields. Customers are serviced by a network of approximately 50 international and domestic agents and service centers. The company is routinely cited for contributions to the advanced research of US federal agencies and various large academic institutions. New products for 2011 include a 16 Channel Pulse and Delay Generator, an Arbitrary Waveform Generator, a 40pS Universal Counter / Time Interval Counter and a growing line of 100MHz 500MHz Oscilloscopes.
Source: Berkeley Nucleonics (press release)
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