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Special features

  • Robust and portable
  • Three slots for acquisition cards
  • Accepts any mix of GEN DAQ acquisition cards
  • Up to 96 analog channels
  • 100 MB/s continuous streaming using 1 Gbit Ethernet to PC
  • Master/Slave synchronization
  • PTP time synchronization
  • IRIG/GPS time synchronization (option)
  • 1 Gbit optical Ethernet (option)
  • Integrated SSD with 200 MB/s continuous streaming (option)
  • 19" Rack mountable (option)

The GEN3t is a portable transient recorder and data acquisition system. The standard 1 Gbit Ethernet interface supports streaming recorded data directly to the PC at 100 MByte/s. The optional 1 Gbit Optical Ethernet allows isolated control of the mainframe as well as cable lengths up to 10 km mi) while maintaining full streaming performance.

When more reliable or distributed storage of recorded data is required, the GEN3t supports an optional built-in non-removable Solid State Disk or can directly store recorded data on an external Network Attached Storage (NAS) device.

To synchronize the absolute time to other systems the GEN3t supports the PTP protocol on both the standard as well as optional optical 1 Gbit/s Ethernet ports.

Full transparent time and trigger synchronization on multiple GEN DAQ systems can be done using the standard optical Master/Slave synchronization connector.

For legacy or industrial systems the GEN3t optionally supports IRIG A & B or GPS based time synchronization.

GEN3t is configured and controlled using Perception software purchased separately and running on a user provided PC. This combination results in a sophisticated instrument for ultra-fast recording, analysis and reporting.

GEN3t Acquisition System

System Time base and synchronization

Central time base for all acquisition cards


± 3.5 ppm; aging after 10 years ± 10 ppm


Binary, Decimal or External

Synchronization sources

PTP V2: Precision Time Protocol; using 2-step master and End to End protocol (IEEE1588:2008)

Master/Slave synchronization; Slave or Master mode on built-in connector Optional multiple Slave support scheduled for Q3 2014

IRIG and GPS scheduled for Q3 2014

PTP synchronization accuracy

Synchronization accuracy reduces as network traffic increases on Ethernet port used for PTP synchronization

± 150 ns; < 10% load, no Ethernet switch used

± 500 ns; < 50% load, no Ethernet switch used

± 5 μs; < 80% load, no Ethernet switch used

To avoid excessive network traffic reducing the PTP synchronization accuracy, separate

the communication and PTP synchronization on two independent networks.

Use 2-step master PTP aware switches to obtain best results across switches. Actual accuracy depends on switch used. The use of switches without PTP support will create unpredictable accuracy.

Acquisition Slots

Unused slots must be covered using the GEN DAQ blank panel. This closes the mainframe front panels for EMC/EMI and safety compliance but also regulates the internal airflow for correct cooling of the acquisition system.

Maximum slots


Acquisition boards

Any combination of GEN DAQ Acquisition boards supported

Digital Event/Timer/Counter connector

1; Connected to slot A and B

Thermal control

Every acquisition board and the acquisition system monitors its own temperature and status. This is used to regulate fan speeds and reduce noise while optimizing airflow and power consumption.


Any changes to the acquisition system configuration may change its internal thermal gradients. As accurate calibration relies on a steady and repeatable thermal environment, calibration will be void if changes are made in the configuration. See the individual card specifications for calibration impact.

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See also

Measurement modules GEN DAQ

Measurement modules GEN DAQ The GEN series Data Acquisition System is one of the most sophisticated and powerful systems in the marketplace and demonstrates the quality HBM has to offer. The GEN series is "future-proof", modular and easily extendable. Depending on your type of application and requirements you can select between two mainframe models:

  • The 7-slot "Tower" mainframe, best suited for smaller channel-count applications and easy to be transported.
  • The 16-slot "Rack" mainframe, an excellent choise for higher channel-count test systems. Designed for rack mounting and stand-alone operation as well.
Using the GEN series Master/Slave option, multiple mainframes can be interconnected to provide a synchronized multi-mainframe test system with hundreds of channels. 
All technical specif ications except mechanics, power requirements and number of module slots are identical for both mainframe models.
A brief overview of the measurement modules GEN DAQ. -read more... (will open in a new window)  or download in pdf format (0. 18 Кб).

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  • Robust and portable
  • Seven slots for any mix of acquisition cards
  • Up to 224 analog channels
  • 100 MB/s continuous streaming using 1 Gbit Ethernet to PC
  • Wake on LAN
  • Master/Slave synchronization
  • PTP time synchronization
  • IRIG/GPS time synchronization (option)
  • 1 Gbit optical Ethernet (option)
  • 10 Gbit optical or electrical Ethernet with 400 MB/s continuous streaming (option)
  • Removable SSD with 350 MB/s continuous streaming (option)
  • EtherCAT® output (option)
  • 19" rack mountable (option)

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