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The new Red Pitaya customized for industrial DAQ applications
Red Pitaya started with its simple development boards that have served more than 30.000 enthusiasts, universities and companies around the world with their engineering projects. In the last years, we felt an increased need for a more sophisticated, high-end platform. To provide an enhanced product, Red Pitaya designed a product, made to meet the needs of more demanding users for industrial, research, test & measurement and data acquisition applications. SIGNALlab 250-12™ offers enhanced hardware performance, complete software control and additional hardware feature over Red Pitaya’s previous products. Its larger FPGA enables greater real-time processing capabilities plus faster analog front and back-end performance. Small and portable, it also offers the benefits of remote access, with a web app user interface accessible through Ethernet or Wi-Fi.
Many companies across different industry segments use Red Pitaya STEMlab boards either for concept prototyping or test automatization. Even though they are generally satisfied with their performance as a general-purpose device, they sometimes need a more robust and capable DAQ device for more precise measurements. These companies are looking for a device that could be customized and successfully upgraded and integrated into their own solution or existing products, thus cost optimizing their solution.
We are happy to say that we were able to provide such results for many companies based on our three-step solution. Here’s how we do it:
In the first step, we evaluate your specific situation and provide a Red Pitaya to test in your own environment. During the testing period, we can assess whether Red Pitaya is a good base device for envisioned measurements and processing. The outcome of this step is a complete understanding of your challenge and hands-on feedback on a possible solution.
In the second step, we together define your requirements based on the knowledge gained in step 1. Our team of engineers will define the scope of your needs and prepare a tailor-made solution both on the hardware and software side. This step aims to upgrade the Red Pitaya features and capabilities to provide better results from the prototype solution. Our objective is to enhance Red Pitaya’s performance to target the exact problem you are facing.
Results from both steps are considered and we proceed with the development of a customized data acquisition device for your company. The device is 100% tailor-made based on your requirements – higher or lower sampling rates, different form factors, ruggedized design with industrial or automotive grade components, etc. The decision is truly up to you.
Our objective is to transit from general-purpose devices like Red Pitaya’s STEMlab to sophisticated industrial solutions tailored to your needs, based on our DAQ building blocks. Sometimes we can come to Step 3 directly from Step 1, if all information is gathered in the first step.
Using our expertise, existing DAQ building blocks and following the three steps, we come to the development of a specific DAQ device. As an example, one of our customers has used a set of Red Pitaya’s STEMlab boards and learned that their requirements are too stringent for a general-purpose device. As a result, we developed a tailored solution – a heavily ruggedized device with dynamic sampling rates, ranging from 100 MS/s up to 1 GS/s and different wireless communications to transfer the processed data to the data center.