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PulseBlaster: PCI and PCI-e Programmable TTL Pulse Generator / Digital Word Generator and Timing Engine

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Models for Immediate Delivery

Model Number of Channels Clock Frequency Memory Words Shortest Pulse Pulse Resolution Order
100 MHz
50 ns
10 ns

PB12-100-4k-PCIe 12
100 MHz 4k
50 ns 10 ns

100 MHz
50 ns
10 ns

    PulseBlasterTM is a general-purpose, multichannel, programmable TTL pulse generator / digital word generator. It offers up to 24 independently controlled channels, powerful program-flow features, and variable output rates ranging from ns to days per interval.

   PulseBlasterTM implements a novel 80-bit Very-Long Instruction Word (VLIW) architecture. Due to its versatility and intelligence, it is most commonly used as a powerful timing engine for applications requiring sophisticated pulse sequences and output patterns, precision timing of wide-ranging intervals, and complex system control.

   The standard form factors are PCI-e and PCI, and the standard clock frequency is 100 MHz. Higher clock rates are available, currently up to 500 MHz (the PBESR-PRO series of boards).

Typical Applications

   Complex, high-speed, multi-channel pulse, pattern, and word generation. Customers’ applications have included
  • Experiment and process control in Electron, Nuclear and Quadrupole Resonances      (ESR, NMR, NQR)
  • Mass Spectrometry and related test technologies
  • Ultrasound, radar, medical imaging
  • Laser control in advanced communication
  • Solid state physics experiments
  • Nanomagnetism and spintronics applications
  • Robotics and process synchronization
  • Data bus emulation
  • General laboratory use

Key Specifications

  • Standard clock frequency of 100 MHz
  • High-speed models available, currently up to 500 MHz clock frequency (PBESR-PRO series of boards)
  • Standard clock stability of 100 ppm, with optional oven-controlled clock oscillator      (OCXO) of 200 ppb
  • Up to 24 independently controlled output channels
  • Up to 25 mA output current per channel (varies by firmware, please consult manual)
  • DB-25 bracket mounted connector
  • IDC headers for on-board access to signals
  • Programmable pulse lengths from five clock periods (50 ns at 100 MHz) to 7 days per instruction. Pulses as short as 2.0 ns are available (PulseBlasterESR-PRO model at      500 MHz)
  • 10 ns pulse resolution (at 100 MHz)
  • 4k pulse program instruction word memory depths available
  • Advanced pulse-program flow control: nested loops (8 levels), branches, and      subroutines
  • 20-bit loop counter (over 1 million events/repetitions)
  • Software and hardware triggering, up to 5 MHz retriggering frequency
  • PCIe or PCI form factor

Product Manuals

Free Software Support

  • Available as a part of the SpinAPI Package:
    • Example programs (executables and C source files)
    • PulseBlaster Interpreter for easy programming without writing C code
  • The SpinAPI package available for download on the Software Downloads page.
  • Interfaces and examples - PBInterpreter, LabVIEW, MATLAB, NET Extensions

Warranty Information

  • Standard warranty - two years
  • Longer warranty periods available
  • Money-back guarantee – 30 days

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