MultiX Parallel Phased Array Systems

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.

Remote 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
Pulser
  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
Receiver
  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
Digitizer
  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
Others
  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)