MultiX Fully Parallel

Maker: M2M


The MultiX product line allows full parallel phased array acquisitions with a total number of 32 to 256 parallel channels, covering a large number of industrial applications. These systems can be operated with virtually all commercially available phased array transducers, in particular linear and matrix type transducers. All standard test methods are supported, such as pulse-echo and transmit-receive mode, TOFD and dual element measurements.

As full parallel systems, the MultiX instruments can send and receive simultaneously on all elements of the array transducer. Data processing and signal reconstruction are accelerated by the integration of specific hardware capabilities such as PowerPC or FPGA chips. The hardware acceleration is particular useful when working in the full matrix capture (FMC) mode, as well as in automated online testing.

The Multi2000 software allows system configuration, performs the data acquisition and displays of the collected data in many different ways. It features a build-in CIVA module, for beam simulation, establishment of the delay laws and calculation of the focus settings. The application of the auto-focusing algorithm developed by CEA allows simple, fast and accurate analysis of samples with varying geometry along the scan line.

MultiX-www2Remote control software is provided which allows to control the MultiX system when build into an automated device. Full system control via Ethernet is possible, and the measurement result output can be done in synchronization with an external device.


MultiX and MultiX++ Characteristics

  Model MultiX Model MultiX++
Hardware configuration
# of parallel channels 32, 64, or 128 32, 64, 128, or 256
Processors 2 CPU (PowerPC) on CPU board FPGA on CPU board
Data acquisition
Gates Hardware and software gates
Synchronization Synchronization of gates available
Trigger On event (threshold, echo, …) or user-specific (time, encoder, …)
Waveform Individual waveforms acquired, composite waveforms can be displayed
Display Real time A-, B-, C-Scan
Data format Parameters: XML; Data: binary
Data flow Up to 30 MB/s
Phased Array Control
Focusing  Customized focusing, electronic scanning, sectorial scanning
Acquisition modes  Full matrix capture (FMC)
Smart flexible probe (TCI)
Surface adapted ultrasound (SAUL)
Full matrix capture (FMC)
Inspection modes  Pulse-echo (1 probe) and transmit-receive (2 probes)
Hardware RAM  32 MB  2 GB
Pulse shape Neg. rectangular pulse
Voltage 30 … 200 V, in 1 V steps
Pulse width 30 … 625 ns in steps of 2.5 ns
Repetition rate Up to 30 kHz incl. setting of delay law
Bandwidth 0.8 … 20 MHz
Adjustable gain 0 … 80 dB on each channel
Analog DAC 80 dB (max. 40 dB/µs)
Crosstalk btw. 2 ch. > 50 dB gain
Input signal  Max. 0.8 Vp-p
Hardware  32 channel boards, 10 bits, FIR filter  32 channel boards, 12 bits, FIR filter
Sampling rate 6.6 … 100 MHz
Global delay 0 … 1.6 ms, step of 10 ns
Delay laws 0 … 20 µs, step of 2.5 ns in transmission and reception
Digitizing depth Up to 50,000 samples
Max. 4,000 smp per elementary ch.
Up to 50,000 samples
Max. 16,000 smp per elementary ch.
External connection
Data interface  1 × USB 2
Ph/A probe connector  2 × FRB (Hypertronix) Up to 4 × FRB (Hypertronix)
Lemo connector 4 4, 8 optionally
Analog connectors 16 inputs 31 analog inputs + 1 synchro output
16 analog inputs
8 analog outputs
TTL connectors  2 inputs  4 inputs, 4 outputs
Encoder connector 8 channel input
Dimensions 35×32×18 cm (32/64 ch version)
45×44×18 cm (128 ch version)
24×38×27 cm (32/64/128 ch version)
35×38×27 cm (256 ch version)
Weight 8.8 kg (32/64 ch version)
14 kg (128 ch version)
9.5 kg (32/64/128 ch version)
13 kg (256 ch version)