The Call Recorder Quad is a new four-channel recorder for analog lines in a box the size of a standard telephone. It combines ease of use and high-quality recording with a affordable price.

The Call Recorder Quad records up to 7,800 hours in its own memory and also can share these recordings with a PC through its standard network interface. This enables the user to create a central archive of all recorded calls using the optional call recorder archiving software.

The Call Recorder Quad can identify calls by date and time, telephone number dialed or CLID (Caller Line Identification). The archiving software can even add names to the numbers if needed.

The latest addition to all Call Recorder models is the capability to record fax traffic. The Call Recorder Archive software can be used to view recorded fax transmissions. Because the software can work with more then one Call Recorder, it is possible to combine multiple Call Recorders from Vidicode to work as one total solution.

The Call Recorder Quad has an end-user price of $2,254.

Board can devour eight gigabytes

Ultraview Corp. has developed a PCI bus data acquisition board with more than 100 times the storage depth of prior A/D boards in the over-1 GHz range. Capable of continuously acquiring and storing up to eight gigabytes of 8-bit analog data at speeds up to 1.25 gigasamples per second, the AD8-1250DMA's extreme memory depth and record length enable new classes of continuous surveillance, intelligence gathering and testing applications.

While it is acquiring data at 1.25GSPS into its 8 GB on-board memory, its 64-bit 66MHz PCI DMA engine can simultaneously transfer data from this on-board memory to the PCI host at faster than 300MB a second.

When tested in 64-bit Sun Microsystems Ultra 80, E250, E420/450 and SunBlade 1000/2000 systems, the AD8-1250DMA board acquired analog waveforms continuously at 1.25 Gigasamples/second while simultaneously performing a sustained DMA (bus mastering) transfer to host system memory at roughly 320 MB per second, allowing uninterrupted acquisition and analysis of gigabytes of wideband analog data.

Designed for high-speed, low-jitter, operation in defense, intelligence, scientific, industrial and medical applications, the AD8-1250DMA can operate with an external trigger and clock having any frequency from 40 to 1260MHz. Typical applications include wideband surveillance, radar, sonar, microwave component testing and characterization, and NMR/MRI development and other applications requiring continuous recording of large amounts of analog data at very high speeds.

The AD8-1250DMA has 50-ohm inputs with SMA connectors, and can measure either single-ended or differential signals with full-scale amplitude of +/-350mV. Its 50-ohm clock input can accept an external clock, of either a sine or square wave shape, having an amplitude of between 300mV and 900mV peak-to-peak, and its 50-ohm AC coupled trigger input can accept either PECL or ECL trigger levels, or any positive going edge having an amplitude of 600mV-1200mV swing and any DC offset between -5 and +5 volts.

Formerly, A/D boards having sampling rates of more than 500 MB/sec could only acquire up to about 64 megabytes of data continuously, and these boards were generally expensive.

Now, due to the AD8-1250DMA's low-cost architecture which uses eight standard on-board low-power 1GB SDRAM DIMMs, ultradeep gigahertz-speed signal recording is available for the first time for less than $10,000 in OEM quantities.

Incoming A/D samples are automatically stored in the on-board RAM, which can be simultaneously transferred to host RAM for access by the system CPU or disk I/O system, for continuous sampling of up to many gigabytes of analog data. Included C software allows waveforms to be either displayed in Xview, or to be continuously stored to system memory or disk.

The precise external clock and trigger circuitry allow a group of AD8-1250 boards to be time-locked to a common clock and to acquire in tandem, for multi-channel data recording.

The AD8X2BRDG package, consisting of the necessary cabling, software, and clock and trigger signal splitters for dual-board (two channel) concurrent sampling is available for quadrature and other dual-channel simultaneous sampling applications.

The AD8-1250DMA has a virtually identical interface to that of Ultraview's widely used ADDA12-100 and AD8-100DMA boards, allowing for very simple upgrading to higher speed applications. A simple software interface allows users to write software for all PCI bus SPARCTM platforms running Solaris 8 UNIX.

In addition, a Linux software package will be available in Q1 2003.

Single unit price is $12,955 for the AD8-1250DMA, and includes drivers and sample C programs for Solaris 8TM UNIX. Pricing for the Dual-Board bridging package is $995.

Anritsu breaks Bluetooth ground

Anritsu Co. introduces the MT8852A Bluetooth Test Set, an instrument that combines full audio test capability per the Bluetooth audio specification with the ability to perform radio layer measurements according to the Bluetooth RF test specification.

The MT8852A is also the only test instrument that supports all three codec interfaces on up to three Synchronous Connection Oriented (SCO) channels, making it the perfect tool for verifying the performance of Bluetooth chipsets, modules, and consumer products at the development and production stages.

By supporting the CVSD, m-Law, and A-Law codec interfaces, the MT8852A is the first single instrument solution for analyzing Bluetooth devices offering audio paths, including headsets, audio gateways, car consoles, and standard telephony products. Among the tests that can be performed with the MT8852A are correct establishment of the audio channel, frequency response, and audio distortion. The MT8852A also supports HV1, HV2, and HV3 SCO audio packets for full audio test functionality.

Additionally, by supporting all three codec standards, the MT8852A eliminates the need for Bluetooth developers to design, build, and calibrate their own combiner/switching units to integrate separate test instruments.

Further reducing the need for additional instruments is the MT8852A's built-in 1 kHz tone generator, which can rapidly approve the audio path. A remote loopback facility allows the Test Set to loopback audio packets from equipment under test (EUT) for EUT full path testing without adding any additional distortion within the MT8852A itself. The MT8852A's EUT control port allows the EUT to have its audio status initialized by the Test Set.

In addition to conducting standard measurements according to Bluetooth specification, the MT885A can be configured to run custom test scripts. It provides full user control of a variety of test parameters, including test frequency, frequency hopping ON or OFF, and the number of measured bits/packets looped back in a test.

Priced at $19,890, the MT8852A is available for delivery in 3 to 4 weeks.

E Team addresses homeland security

E Team has announced that its Release 2 — Government Edition is now available.

Release 2 solves the crucial problem of interoperability among government agencies with a collaborative information-sharing platform that enables first responders, emergency managers, public health and executive management to create and immediately share critical information needed to prepare for, respond to and recover from major incidents.

E Team's Release 2 enables public agencies to harness the power of teamwork by offering true agency to multi-agency interoperability as an essential element of its core functionality. With this advancement, which is based on open XML standards, the E Team solution enables all users to share data vertically as well as across agencies and jurisdictions; partition shared data by type and destination; and transfer control and ownership of any shared incident management document to another E Team system (for example, city to state, state to federal). This capability is crucial when responding to homeland security threats, as well as natural and manmade disasters and other emergencies.

In addition to interoperability, Release 2 offers features that include enhanced GIS mapping, Crystal Reports interface, RealTime Messaging and enhanced personnel profiling.

E Team also has created a standards body known as the Emergency XML (EM-XML) Consortium. The Consortium represents a cross section of companies providing emergency management solutions and is committed to creating an open XML-based standard for emergency management data exchange by the end of 2003.