NetAcquire Family Overview
The family of NetAcquire products combines three key technologies: hardware input/output interface modules, real-time data processing, and high-speed networking. Together they offer a low-cost off-the-shelf solution to many high-performance distributed telemetry test and measurement applications that could only previously be handled by expensive custom equipment.
The NetAcquire family consists of over 40 configurations to support a wide variety of applications such as:
This page describes the general hardware and software capabilities of the NetAcquire product line. For more detailed information, please contact us or select a topic from the menu on the left. Click here to download this overview in Adobe Acrobat format (get Acrobat here).
NetAcquire systems are powerful real-time input/output controllers with integrated processing and networking. They provide interfaces between the "real world" of analog, digital, and PCM serial signals and the "network world" of interconnected data analysis and display systems. Onboard processor options offer billions of cycles of processing in ruggedized form-factors as small as hand-held.
All hardware input/output interfaces are modular to allow convenient mix-and-match system configuration to support almost any application requirement. Expansion is available up to 512 input/output channels and all I/O interfaces are software-configurable without programming. Hardware configurability allows creation of a wide range of different instruments, from telemetry gateways to spectrum analyzers and communications bridges.
A NetAcquire system is designed for autonomous "always on" operation. No keyboard or monitor connection is required. Modular network interface hardware allows remote communication with a NetAcquire system over almost any type of network.
Full-featured and well-integrated software is essential component of modern-day instrumentation in order to ensure mission-critical reliability, reduced development costs and risk, and ease-of-use in the field. NetAcquire systems include all the software needed to work "out-of-the-box":
The NetAcquire distributed architecture is based on a network-connected client/server model that optimizes an application to run on the machine best suited for each application component:
Even in applications where a NetAcquire system is physically close to the desktop operator interface, there are important benefits to the automatic NetAcquire partitioning of an application onto two processors each running its own purpose-built software environment.
Server-side Intelligence and Real-Time Processing
NetAcquire networking runs over almost any network, including twisted pair, fiber optic, dial-up modem, WAN, and wireless connections. Unlimited simultaneous network clients are supported for flexible data sharing and display. A wide range of protocols are supported, including Web, UDP, TCP, publish/subscribe, and CORBA distributed objects. Data integrity is optimized with advanced network routing, error checking, and recovery.
NetAcquire "clients" are all other machines on a network that might want to
exchange data with a NetAcquire system. Client machines often are Windows or
Linux desktop machines, but also include other types of computers like file
NetAcquire offers a large number of product options which are available formany applications. We'd like to help -- please contact us by phone or e-mail. We'll quickly put you in touch with one of our application engineers that understands your unique requirements.