Spectrum Instruments Pioneering Industry with Julia Toolkit for High-Performance Applications

Hansdorf, Germany, May 5, 2021 – The fight against the novel coronavirus has never stopped, and now it extends from the medical laboratory to the computer field. The development of vaccines requires advanced tools to process large amounts of data, so the emerging programming language “Julia” has rapidly gained popularity. Julia’s speed is not only comparable to C, but also provides scientific numerical computing. Spectrum Instruments, the industry’s leading manufacturer of scientific test and measurement equipment, today announced the use of a toolkit (SDK) created in the Julia language for its 200 different models of digitizers, generators and digital I/O products.

A key function of Julia is to serve high-performance applications such as machine learning and scientific computing that need to process data quickly, especially in the fields of linear algebra, random number generation, signal processing, and string processing. An open source library for Fortran. Julia also provides parallelism, calling the required script with a given number of cores and parallelizing directly from the command line. In addition, Julia can send tasks to different threads or run loops in parallel directly from the code. The Julia programming language is very similar in speed to C, while still solving coding problems in Python or MATLAB. Julia is adopted by companies around the world and used in different applications. For more cases, please visithttps://juliacomputing.com/case-studies/.

Spectrum Instruments products are ideal for acquiring and generating fast Electronic signals for AI applications and robotics, and they are even more powerful when programmed with Julia. Spectrum instruments are able to provide a wide range of digital to analog signal acquisition or digital signals with high accuracy and dynamic range from DC to GHz frequency range. The digitizer is equipped with multiple high-resolution arbitrary waveform generators (AWGs). These products provide perfect control for signal generation, waveform playback and simulation. The product is available in a variety of forms, including a micro PCIe card that plugs directly into a PC, or an LXI box that connects to a network or PC via Ethernet, as well as off-the-shelf PXIe modules for automated test systems.

Using Julia also helps to speed up processing and reduce latency for Spectrum Instruments products. Spectrum products also provide ultra-fast data transfer for different modes of signal acquisition and generation (such as single-pulse, multi-record, gated, and FIFO) to optimize test throughput. This is a key advantage in situations where quick decisions are required. At the same time, this is one of the reasons why Spectrum products can be used in fields such as autonomous driving, robotics, drones, imaging equipment, medical devices and control systems. In addition, the versatility of these devices makes them perfect for sensors commonly used in AI devices (accelerometers, sensors, photodiodes, detectors, and MEMs, etc.).

For example, Dr. Josef Höffner, from the Leibniz Institute for Atmospheric Physics in Germany, developed a high-performance lidar (light detection and ranging) system to measure temperature and wind speed in the atmosphere. Now, he is also one of Julia users. He said: “We do complex data acquisition and control 24 hours a day in a closed loop through 30 high-speed signals generated by three Spectrum instrument cards. Our laser generates 500 pulses per second, and we need real-time computing to connect What happens down and adjust control quickly. To do this, we have to get results fast. This also means we need fast electrical signals, fast evaluation, and fast hardware control. We found that Julia provides a unique speed and Dynamic programming can significantly simplify software development.”

Please visithttps://amt.copernicus.org/preprints/amt-2021-33/Learn about the institute’s new lidar, laser technology and its applications in science.

Spectrum instrument users receive a free Julia toolkit, a five-year warranty, and free software and firmware upgrades for the life of the product. Additionally, customers enjoy direct technical support from Spectrum Instruments software and hardware engineers.

About Spectrum Instruments

Founded in 1989, Spectrum Instruments has designed and developed several modular digitizer and generator products to date, including PC cards (PCIe and PXIe) and standalone Ethernet devices (LXI). Over the past 30 years, Spectrum has been widely recognized in the industry, and its products are also used in many products and research projects of industry leaders and leading universities. Headquartered in Hansdorf near Hamburg, Germany, Spectrum Instruments has a worldwide reputation for technical excellence and excellent customer service.For more information, please visit the official websitewww.spectrum-instrumentation.com.

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