Determine the Two Edge Measurement Accuracy of Digitizer Card
Hardware: Modular Instruments>>High-Speed Digitizers (Scopes)>>PXI-5186
I am trying to make a delta time/two edge separation measurement with my Digitizer device and want to know what error I can expect. I see this specification given for other third party instruments as Two Edge Measurement Accuracy. Where can I find this specification for NI Digitizers?
There are several contributors of error for a delta time/two edge separation measurement: noise, jitter, clock accuracy, etc. Though this specification is not published, it can be calculated using the following formula:
An explanation for this formula is given as follows:
Typically, a two-edge separation measurement is performed when the edge being measured crosses a specified threshold voltage. For measurements taken over short time intervals (on the order of nanoseconds), the calculated error is usually dominated by random noise, unless the Digitizer’s sample rate is not high enough to represent the edges accurately. If the sample rate is insufficient, we must rely on interpolated data to determine when the edge crosses the threshold voltage, which will introduce additional error.
Figure 1: Image showing what is measured during a two-edge separation measurement.
When the acquired edges are sufficiently sampled (i.e. >4 samples on the edge), then interpolation can be performed to improve the measurement accuracy. Interpolation allows us to determine the edge threshold value with sub-sample accuracy. The following LabVIEW VI can interpolate the measured waveforms:
Figure 2: Resample Waveforms (single shot) VI
It is recommended to use the “FIR filter” interpolation mode.
The following is an example of the error calculation of a two-edge separation measurement, being performed on a PXIe-5186, with a Vertical Range of 1Vpp, and 50 ohm input impedance.
Slew Rate: 0.65V/ns
* Denotes values taken from the device specifications. For the PXIe-5186, a link to this documentation can be found below in the related links.
Product Manuals: NI PXIe-5186 Specifications (September 2012)
Specifications Explained: NI Oscilloscopes and Digitizers
Report Date: 03/23/2015
Last Updated: 10/04/2017
Document ID: 6VM9PM52