Virtual Instrument Package, Model 1250

Virtual Instrument Package, Model 1250

A powerful package
The Virtual Instrument Package, Model 1250, replaces conventional desktop test equipment with a powerful, space-saving, virtual instrumentation package that gives students state-of-the-art tools to measure, analyze, observe, and display the results of electronic circuit tests.

Fully integrated with the FACET® Electronics Training program, the Virtual Instrument Package enables students to conduct all experiments of the FACET® curriculum.

Complete software suite
The complete Virtual Instrument Package consists of an interface unit for data acquisition connections, and a  Windows-based software. The interface is connected to the computer via a USB connection.

The software displays the various instruments in separate windows and includes the following virtual  instruments and signal source:

  • Dual-Channel Oscilloscope
  • Multimeter
  • Spectrum Analyzer
  • Waveform Generator

This package operates under any one of the following Microsoft Windows operating systems: XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

It is also possible to interface the unit with MATLAB® and LabVIEW® software for advanced control and analysis.

The interface unit
The Virtual Instrument unit is a lightweight, compact interface module powered from a standard AC power wall outlet.

On the front panel of the Virtual Instrument unit, two BNC connectors and a pair of safety banana sockets provide access to the various virtual instruments. A third BNC connector provides the signal generator output.  A BNC connector on the back panel of the Virtual Instrument unit is the access to the external trigger input of the virtual oscilloscope.

The Virtual Instrument unit samples the signals applied to its various inputs to provide raw signal data that is used by the virtual instrument software to measure, filter, and display the input signals. The high sampling rate of 1 GS/s provides the Virtual Instrument unit a 250-MHz bandwidth that is amply sufficient for the observation and analysis of the various signals in the FACET® Electronics Training program.

The Virtual Instrument unit also generates signal samples (data) that are converted to analog format to produce the output signal.

Data exchange between the Virtual Instrument unit and the host computer that runs the virtual instrument software is through a USB link (USB 1.1 and 2.0 compatible).