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Legacy Product Software & Manual Summaries

This page contains an overview of the software supplied with legacy and discontinued products.
Some of the summaries also include user manual table of contents.
The listed links jump to sections of interest below.

The software itself is available from our Legacy Downloads page.

Software Summaries
    SER1CH-UA
    PARxCH (x = 1,4,8)
    PARGPS
    PAR24B
    DSPA64/HLF
    DSP32C Boards

SERxCH Software Summary

A complete software package comes with each SER1CH-UA-BANA or SER1CH-UA-DSUB. Finished applications, function libraries, and source code are included. With these tools you can start acquiring data right away and also write custom applications. Acquired data is easy to use with other popular programs.

Summaries of the finished applications are shown below. See the PDF user manual for more details. Software is available for Windows and Linux. The most recent software and manual are available for free from the SER1CH-UA section of our Legacy Downloads page.


Finished Applications:

DVM
This is a digital volt meter program in two versions. DvmGui provides a Windows GUI interface while DvmCmd is text only. Both display acquired values as voltages or other scaled user units like inches. Data is displayed as it becomes available, and is also written to an output file. An initialization file is used to specify calibration and display units. For convenience, two different unit scalings are displayed on the screen for the single SER1CH-UA channel.

CAL
This calibration program is a companion for DVM. CalGui is the Windows GUI version and CalCmd is text only. Both compute the calibration values needed to convert A/D counts into scaled user units. The calibration information is saved in a DVM initialization file.

 
DvmGui
SER1CH-UA DIGITAL VOLTMETER DATA ACQUISITION PROGRAM SCREEN
CalGui
SER1CH-UA CALIBRATION PROGRAM SCREEN
 



Function Libraries:

Functions like Open, Close, and GetData are included for basic system control. The functions are written in C and provide all the tools needed for writing custom applications. Refer to finished applications like DVM and CAL as examples. The libraries are available in static or DLL format. See the user manual for detailed function descriptions.



Using with Other Programs:

SER1CH-UA data are compatible with many general purpose software packages. Some examples include:

EXCEL, MATLAB, GNUPLOT
Data acquired with DVM is saved as simple ASCII text files. It can be read or imported by popular analysis and plotting programs like Excel, MatLab, and GnuPlot. See the User Manual and software Examples directory for a tutorial with GnuPlot.

VISUAL BASIC, LABVIEW, TESTPOINT
The SERxCH function libraries can be called from a wide range of programming languages like Visual Basic as well as programs like LabView and TestPoint. LV and TP users should write their own virtual instrument interfaces.

GnuPlot
SER1CH-UA PLOTTED WITH GNUPLOT SCREEN




PARxCH Software Summary

A complete software package comes with each PARxCH (PAR1CH, PAR4CH, and PAR8CH). Finished applications, function libraries, and source code are included. With these tools you can start acquiring data right away and also write custom applications. Acquired data is easy to use with other popular programs.

Summaries of the finished applications are shown below. See the user manual for more details. Software is available for Windows and Linux. The most recent software and manual are available for free from the PARxCH section of our Legacy Downloads page.


Finished Applications:

SIMP
This is a simple text only acquisition program. Data is displayed as it becomes available, and is also written to an optional output file. An initialization file is used to specify sampling rate and display parameters. Great for use with unattended acquisition and low power PCs. Uses the same file formats as Scope.

SCOPE
This is a Windows GUI oscilloscope trace display program. Data is displayed as it becomes available, and is also written to an optional output file. An initialization file is used to specify sampling rate and display parameters. Uses the same file formats as Simp.

VIEW
This is a Windows GUI trace display playback and review program for viewing previously acquired data. Works for data files produced by Simp and Scope.

Scope
PARxCH SCOPE DATA ACQUISITION PROGRAM SCREEN
View
PARxCH VIEW PLAYBACK AND REVIEW PROGRAM SCREEN

METER
This text only program displays acquired values as voltages as data becomes available. Individual channel calibration is included.

DIAG
This text only diagnostic program verifies the PARxCH and its connection with the PC. Use at installation time or after unexpected behavior is observed.

DAT2ASC
This text only program converts binary .dat files created by Simp or Scope into ASCII text files suitable for import into popular analysis and plotting programs.

TWO TASK
Multitasking systems allow for acquiring data while concurrently performing further processing. This example shows how to acquire data while using a simple threshold trigger to control file saving. The acquisition and processing tasks run in separate windows for Windows and as foreground/background processes under Linux.

ACQUIRE
This is a sample acquisition program written in Visual Basic.




Function Libraries:

Functions like Open, Close, and GetData are included for basic system control. The functions are written in C and provide all the tools needed for writing custom applications. Refer to finished applications like Simp and Meter as examples. The libraries are available in static or DLL format. See the PDF user manual for detailed function descriptions.



Using with Other Programs:

PARxCH data are compatible with many general purpose software packages. Some examples include:

EXCEL, MATLAB, GNUPLOT
Data acquired with Scope can be converted to simple ASCII text files with Dat2Asc. These can be read or imported by popular analysis and plotting programs like Excel, MatLab, and GnuPlot.

VISUAL BASIC, LABVIEW, TESTPOINT
The PARxCH function libraries can be called from a wide range of programming languages like Visual Basic as well as programs like LabView and TestPoint. Users must provide an interface specifying the arguments for each DLL function in the format required by their program. See the Acquire program for a Visual Basic example. Demo LabView VI's and applications are also provided.

GnuPlot
PAR8CH DATA IN GNUPLOT SCREEN
LabVIEW
PARxCH LABVIEW METER PROGRAM SCREEN




PARGPS Software Summary

A complete software package comes with each PARGPS. Finished applications, function libraries, and source code are included. You can start timestamping data right away and have the tools for writing custom applications.

Summaries of the finished applications are shown below. See the User Manual for more details. The most recent manual and software are available for free from the PARxCH section of our Legacy Downloads page.


Finished Applications:

DIAG,DIAGSER
These are text only diagnostic utilities for examining NMEA strings and verifying the PARGPS and its connections to the PC and PARxCH. Use at installation time or after unexpected behavior is observed.

CURRTIME
This text only program displays the current GPS time and number of satellites stored in the PARGPS device driver when a GPS program like PARGPS diag or a PARxCH acquisition program is running.

SETHDRTM
This text only utility updates the DAT header start time with an accurate value using GPS records in the body of the DAT file generated by the PARxCH scope and simp acquisition programs.

GPSTIME,DIAGNMEA
These are GUI versions of CURRTIME and DIAGSER written in Visual Basic.

GpsTime (VB)
PARGPS VISUAL BASIC GPSTIME SCREEN


Function Libraries:

Functions like Open, Close, ReadData, and GetCurrentTime are included for basic system control. The functions are written in C and provide all the tools needed for writing custom applications. Refer to finished applications like CURRTIME, GPSTIME, and PARxCH SIMP as examples. The libraries are available in static or DLL format. See the user manual for detailed function descriptions.



Using with Other Programs:

The PARGPS is compatible with many general purpose software packages. Some examples include:

VISUAL BASIC, FORTRAN
The PARGPS function library can be called from a wide range of programming languages like Visual Basic. See the GpsTime and DiagNmea programs for examples.

LABVIEW, TESTPOINT
The function libraries can also be called from programs like LabView and TestPoint. Users must provide an interface specifying the arguments for each DLL function in the format required by their program. Several LabVIEW demo VI's and applications are provided.





PAR24B Manual & Software Summary

The table of contents from the PAR24B manual and the list of directories on the PAR24B product disk are shown below. The manual and software are available free from the PAR24B section of our Legacy Downloads page.

A complete software package comes free with each PAR24B 24 bit, 8 channel data acquisition system. The included software contains finished applications, low level libraries and source code. This means you can start acquiring data right away. And later customize the source code for your application.

Manual Table of Contents

  Chapter 1: Introduction
  Chapter 2: Installation
  Chapter 3: DLL Library Support
  Chapter 4: Finished Applications / Simp24b / Scope24b
  Chapter 5: LabView Support
  Appendix A: Electrical Specs & Calibration
  Appendix B: FIFO Buffer Depth
  Appendix C: PAR24B circuit diagrams

Product Disk Directories

  include Include files for Library functions
  dll Library functions
  simple Simp24b text only acquisition program
  scope Scope24b Windows GUI acquisition program
  meter Meter text only voltage meter program
  2task Two task processing demo
  labview LabVIEW Support
  diags Diagnostic program
  examples Example programs
  suds Conversion program - IASPEI SUDS format
  docs Manual and A/D spec sheet

Software Program Summaries

SIMP24B
This is a simple "text only" acquisition program. Acquisition parameters such as sampling rate, gain, and output file size are specified in ASCII form in an initialization file. Acquired data can be presented on the screen as text values and saved to the hard disk in binary multiplexed format. This program is perfect for applications where the acquisition will run unattended or for lower power PCs where a complicated GUI interface would be excessive.

SCOPE24B.EXE
This is a full Windows GUI interface program that displays acquired data as horizontal traces on the screen. Acquired data is scrolled across the screen as it comes in and is also saved to disk. All acquisition parameters, such as sampling rate, gain, and output file size, are set by dialogs reached from pull down menus. Hot keys like up and down arrow can be used to adjust the number of displayed bits for the signal level you are using. The binary file format is exactly the same as for simp24b.

METER
This is a simple text only program that displays acquired values as voltages on the screen. Data is presented the instant it becomes available as it would be with a typical DVM. The program includes individual channel calibration.

DIAG
The system diagnostic can be used after installation or any other time to verify that the A/D board is correctly connected and communicating with the PC. This utility can prove very valuable in the field when connecting new hardware.

TWO TASK SUPPORT
Under multitasking systems like Windows and Linux you can run acquisition as one task while a second task examines the acquired data files and performs further processing. Typical second window activities might include items like triggering accept/reject decisions on files so an excessive amount of data does not build up on the hard disk. The 2task example included with the system shows how to run a simple threshold trigger. Under Windows, each task typically runs in its own window. Under Linux, the acquisition task usually runs in the background while the processing task runs in the foreground.

LABVIEW SUPPORT
LabVIEW drivers and finished applications paralleling the other software are provided. The applications are a finished scope acquisition and LED meter display program. These programs are "ready to go" and do not require any user programming, but you must have a copy of LabVIEW in order to use them. Full LabVIEW "G" source code is provided.

LIBRARY SUPPORT
Basic driver support is provided as a collection of library functions that let you initialize, start acquisition, and copy results to the PC. The library source code can be compiled to either static or DLL (shared library) format with no changes and is written in standard ASCII C. See below for a list of functions.

Library Functions

  PAR24B_Init Initializes PAR24B w/ sample rate, gain, etc
  PAR24B_Start Begins PAR24B acquisition
  PAR24B_IsReady Checks FIFO half full flag
  PAR24B_GetData Reads a buffer worth of data FIFO
  PAR24B_Stop Ends PAR24B acquisition
  PAR24B_SpsToFp Converts Samples/Sec to Filter Point value
  PAR24B_FpToSps Converts Filter Point value to Samples/Sec
  PAR24B_FifoSizeToNvalues Computes the number of samples in a data buffer
  PAR24B_Overflow Checks FIFO full flag
  PAR24B_IsEmpty Checks FIFO empty flag
  PAR24B_ReadFifo Reads 1 sample for each channel from FIFO
  PAR24B_UserByte Controls user byte value, yellow LED shows bit 0




DSPA64/HLF Manual & Software Summary

The table of contents from the DSPA64/HLF manual and the list of directories on the DSPA64/HLF product disk are shown below. The manual and software are available free from the DSPA64/HLF section of our Legacy Downloads page.

A complete software package comes free with each DSPA64/HLF 16 bit, 64 channel data acquisition system. The included software contains finished applications, low level libraries and source code. This means you can start acquiring data right away. And later customize the source code for your application.

Manual Table of Contents

  Chapter 1: Introduction
  Chapter 2: Installation
  Chapter 3: Hardware basics
  Chapter 4: DLL Library Support
  Chapter 5: Finished Applications / Simpa64 / Scopea64
  Chapter 6: LabView Support
  Chapter 7: Low level example programs
  Chapter 8: System Diagnostic Utility
  Appendix A: Electrical Specs & Calibration
  Appendix B: DSPA64 circuit diagrams
  Appendix C: DSPHLF circuit diagrams

Product Disk Directories

  include Include files for Library functions
  dll Library functions
  simple Simpa64 text only acquisition program
  scope Scopea64 Windows GUI acquisition program
  2task Two task processing demo
  labview LabVIEW Support
  diags Diagnostic program
  examples Example programs
  suds Conversion program - IASPEI SUDS format

Software Program Summaries

SIMPA64
This is a simple "text only" acquisition program. Acquisition parameters such as sampling rate, filter coefficient, and output file size are specified in ASCII form in an initialization file. Acquired data can be presented on the screen as text values and saved to the hard disk in binary multiplexed format. This program is perfect for applications where the acquisition will run unattended or for lower power PCs where a complicated GUI interface would be excessive.

SCOPEA64.EXE
This is a full Windows GUI interface program that displays acquired data as horizontal traces on the screen. Acquired data is scrolled across the screen as it comes in and is also saved to disk. All acquisition parameters, such as sampling rate, filter coefficient, and output file size, are set by dialogs reached from pull down menus. Hot keys like up and down arrow can be used to adjust the number of displayed bits for the signal level you are using. The binary file format is exactly the same as for simpa64.exe.

DIAG
The system diagnostic can be used after installation or any other time to verify that the A/D board is correctly connected and communicating with the PC. This utility can prove very valuable in the field when connecting new hardware.

TWO TASK SUPPORT
Under multitasking systems like Windows or Linux you can run acquisition as one task while a second task examines the acquired data files and performs further processing. Typical second task activities might include items like triggering accept/reject decisions on files so an excessive amount of data does not build up on the hard disk. The 2task example included with the system shows how to run a simple threshold trigger. Under Windows, each tasks is typically run in its own window. Under Linux, the acquisition task usually runs in the background while the processing task runs in the foreground.

LABVIEW SUPPORT
LabVIEW drivers and a finished application paralleling the other software are provided. The application is a finished scope display acquisition program. This program is "ready to go" and does not require any user programming, but you must have a copy of LabVIEW in order to use it. Full LabVIEW "G" source code is provided.

LIBRARY SUPPORT
Basic driver support is provided as a collection of library functions that let you initialize, start acquisition, and copy results to the PC. The library source code can be compiled to either static or DLL (shared library) format with no changes and is written in standard ASCII C. See below for a list of functions.

Library Functions

  DSPA64_Init Initializes DSPA64 w/ sample rate, filter coefficients, etc
  DSPA64_Start Begins DSPA64 acquisition
  DSPA64_IsReady Checks when a buffer is full
  DSPA64_GetData Reads a buffer worth of data FIFO
  DSPA64_Stop Ends DSPA64 acquisition
  DSPA64_GetBaseio Returns base I/O address for DSPHLF card
  DSPA64_SetBaseio Sets base I/O address for DSPHLF card
  DSPA64_ClearReady Clears buffer full flag
  DSPA64_SpsToNCount Converts samples/sec to decimation count
  DSPA64_NCountToSps Converts decimation count to samples/sec
  DSPA64_TailToCoeff Converts filter tail off rate to a coefficient
  DSPA64_CoeffToTail Converts filter coefficient to a tail off rate
  DSPA64_NormalizeScale Compute normalized filter scale from coefficient
  DSPA64_NTimingTicks Sets clock rate which controls sampling rate
  DSPA64_MaximumRate Returns maximum sampling rate
  DSPA64_BufferSize Computes the number of samples in a data buffer




DSP32C Manual & Software Summary

The table of contents from the DSP32C Coprocessor Board manual and the list of directories on the DSP32C product disk are shown below. The manual and software are available free from the DSP32C section of our Legacy Downloads page.

A complete software package comes free with each DSP32C digital signal processing board. The included software contains diagnostic programs, examples, an assembler, a monitor/debugger, low level libraries and source code. This means you can start acquiring data right away. And later customize the source code for your application.

Manual Table of Contents

  Chapter 1: Introduction
  Chapter 2: Installation
  Chapter 3: Memory Mapping
  Chapter 4: DSPMON Monitor
  Chapter 5: DSPTOOLS System Utilities
  Chapter 6: DSPASM Assembler
  Chapter 7: DSPMATH Math Library
  Chapter 8: DOS Graphics Library
  Chapter 9: Program Examples
  Chapter 10: Circuits

Product Disk Directories

  include Include files for library functions
  bin Executable files - DSPASM, DSPMON
  lib Libraries - DSPTOOLS, DSPMATH
  dspasm DSP32C Assembler
  dsptools System utility functions and DSPMON source
  dspmath Math library functions
  diags Diagnostic program
  examples Example programs
  32bit 32 bit versions

Software Program Summaries

DSPASM.EXE
The DSPASM assembler is designed to process source files with Agere mnemonics and high level control constructs to produce located object files that can be directly downloaded and executed on the coprocessor board. It is ideal for code development requiring fast edit and execute cycles. Some of the features of DSPASM are: free format source code, symbolic register names, nops emitted for CAU but not DAU instructions, forward references, and C like conditional syntax including if, while, and for loops.

DSPMON.EXE
The DSPMON program is a software tool for monitoring and controlling the DSP32C coprocessor boards by hand. Its commands are quite similar to those of debug or symdeb for the 80x86 on the PC, and users familiar with those programs should find DSPMON easy to use. Using DSPMON is a good way to get familiar with the coprocessor board. No damage can occur from anything done within DSPMON.

DSPTOOLS SYSTEM UTILITIES LIBRARY
The DSPTOOLS system utilities library is a collection of functions for controlling the execution of the DSP32C coprocessor boards from C programs running on the PC. With it, you can upload and download the DSP32C boards from programs you write. In fact, the DSPMON monitor is an example of a program that makes use of these functions, where each operation allowed in the monitor corresponds to a function call in the DSPTOOLS library. See DSPTOOLS functions below for a list of functions.

DSPMATH MATH LIBRARY
The DSPMATH library is a collection of math functions for the DSP32C coprocessor boards. With this library, functions can be called from high level languages without having to program the board directly. It is one of the easiest ways to begin getting results from the DSP32C boards. See DSPMATH functions below for a list of functions.

DSPTOOLS Functions

  DSP32C_Init Initializes the DSP32C
  DSP32C_Pcr Reads from the DSP32C PCR register
  DSP32C_Pir Reads from the DSP32C PIR register
  DSP32C_Esr Reads from the DSP32C ESR register
  DSP32C_Emr Reads from the DSP32C EMR register
  DSP32C_SetPir Writes to the DSP32C PIR register
  DSP32C_SetEni Writes to the DSP32C ENI register
  DSP32C_Go Begins DSP32C execution
  DSP32C_Halt Ends DSP32C execution
  DSP32C_Get Copies data from the DSP32C to the PC
  DSP32C_Put Copies data from the PC to the DSP32C
  DSP32C_PutLong Copies a long integer of data from the PC to the DSP32C
  DSP32C_SrHexLoad Copies program data from the PC to the DSP32C
  DSP32C_GetBaseIo Returns the DSP32C board base I/O address
  DSP32C_SetBaseIo Sets the DSP32C board base I/O address
  DSP32C_GetBaseSel Returns the DSPMUL board CPU selection address
  DSP32C_SetBaseSel Sets the DSPMUL board CPU selection address
  DSP32C_SelectCpu Selects the active DSPMUL board CPU

DSPMATH Functions

  DSPMATH_Init Initializes the DSP32C math library functions
  DSPMATH_SetWaits Sets the DSP32C wait states
  DSPMATH_Add Adds two arrays
  DSPMATH_Sub Subtracts two arrays
  DSPMATH_Xpcy Computes X + c * Y for two arrays
  DSPMATH_Scale Computes c * X for an array
  DSPMATH_Iscale Computes int(c * X) for an array
  DSPMATH_Inner Computes the inner product of two arrays
  DSPMATH_Vmult Computes X * Y for two arrays
  DSPMATH_Mmult Computes matrix multiplication
  DSPMATH_AtranA Computes A transpose A
  DSPMATH_Gauss Performs Gaussian elimination
  DSPMATH_Tridiag Computes a tri-digonal matrix
  DSPMATH_Fourier Computes an FFT
  DSPMATH_Rfourier Computes an FFT of a real array
  DSPMATH_Spectrum Computes a spectrum
  DSPMATH_Convolve Performs a convolution
  DSPMATH_FIR Computes a two term FIR filter
  DSPMATH_PolyArray Computes a polynomial
  DSPMATH_InvArray Computes the 1/x for an array
  DSPMATH_SinArray Computes the sin(x) for an array
  DSPMATH_CosArray Computes the cos(x) for an array
  DSPMATH_SqrtArray Computes the square root of x for an array
  DSPMATH_Log10Array Computes the base 10 log of x for an array
  DSPMATH_Vinv Computes 1/x
  DSPMATH_Vsin Computes sin(x)
  DSPMATH_Vcos Computes cos(x)
  DSPMATH_Vsqrt Computes square root of x
  DSPMATH_Vlog10 Computes base 10 log of x
  DSPMATH_PolarToXy Transforms polar to xy coordinates
  DSPMATH_Interpolate Interpolates an array
  DSPMATH_Spline Computes a spline
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