Digitizers offer on-board signal averaging.

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Available on select 12- and 14-bit Digitizers, optional Signal Averaging FPGA Technology allows users to detect very small signals in noisy environments. Process consists of making multiple acquisitions of repetitive waveform and averaging all acquisitions together. Random noise is averaged to near zero, while amplitude of underlying repetitive signal remains unchanged. Waveforms can be signal-averaged at rate greater than 100,000 waveforms/sec for data processing rate of 800 MB/s.

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Gage Applied Technologies Announces New On-board Signal Averaging FPGA Technology

Montreal, Canada (May 10, 2005) - Gage Applied Technologies, worldwide leader in design and manufacture of high-performance PC-based digitizer and oscilloscope cards, has introduced new optional on-board Signal Averaging FPGA Technology in its high-resolution digitizers. This new on-board Signal Averaging Technology allows users to detect very small signals in noisy environments.

The Signal Averaging capability takes advantage of the on-board FPGA technology on select Gage 12 and 14-bit digitizers and allows rapid signal averaging with absolutely no CPU-loading on the host PC. The process consists of making multiple acquisitions of a repetitive waveform and averaging all acquisitions together. Any random noise is subsequently averaged to near zero, while the amplitude of the underlying repetitive signal remains unchanged.

Since the signal averaging is performed on-board using the intelligent processing of the FPGA, the amount of data that needs to be transferred via the PCI bus to the PC may be reduced by a factor of 1000. In fact, waveforms can be signal-averaged at a rate of greater than 100,000 waveforms per second for a data processing rate of 800 MB/s. "Our new signal averaging technology provides a fast and efficient means for users to process data on-board the digitizer, and transfer only the data that is of interest to the PC for further analysis," said Eric Gillas, Gage General Manager. "Customers can now choose to add the latest Signal Averaging Technology or our previously announced Finite Impulse Response (FIR) Filter FPGA Technology to one of our high-resolution digitizers. We will continue to offer new application specific FPGA technology on-board our digitizers in the future," Gillas added.

Signal averaging is a powerful method of improving the fidelity of noisy repetitive signals. Using signal averaging, small signals can be extracted from a background of high amplitude noise, which may even be larger than the actual signal itself. Applications for Gage's new Signal Averaging Technology include: ultrasonic, radar or lidar testing, optical fiber testing, stimulus-response systems, and network analysis. For more information please refer to our Web site: http://www.gage-applied.com/Products/custom_applications/signal_averaging.htm

For Further Information contact:
Nicole Faubert, Marketing Manager,
Gage Applied Technologies
KineticSystems Company
(514) 633-7007 ext. 3034

About Gage Applied Technologies
Gage Applied Technologies (www.gage-applied.com) a member of the Dynamic Signals group of companies (DynamicSignals.com), is a worldwide industry leader in high-performance signal capture. Gage, KineticSystems, Preston Scientific and Cyber Systems, all members of the Dynamic Signals growing family, serve a wide-range of industries by providing instruments and modules for PC-based test and measurement systems and synthetic instrumentation built on the PCI, PXI, CompactPCI, VXI, CAMAC and proprietary platforms.

Gage's product offering includes a family of multi-MHz to GHz digitizers and scope cards, analog signal generator cards, digital input and digital output cards, as well as the programming-free GageScope® software and a vast array of powerful Software Development Kits.

Gage's family of signal capture products consists of the CompuScope line of 8-bit, 12-bit, 14-bit and 16-bit digitizers and scope cards for the PCI and CompactPCI/PXI buses. With sampling rates up to 2 GS/s and very deep on-board acquisition memory of up to 2 GigaSamples, Gage's product line offers the top performance on the market in the 3 key dimensions of sampling speed, resolution, and memory.

The company's customer focus translates into products that are used across diverse industries such as Communications, Computers, Military/Aerospace, Fundamental Research, and Education. Applications served are Manufacturing Test, Radar (SIGINT), Ultrasonics, Lasers/LIDAR, Spectroscopy, Automated Test Equipment, etc.

Gage is located minutes away from Montreal's international airport in the suburb of Lachine, Quebec, Canada. Through KineticSystems, Gage benefits from a state-of-the-art board assembly facility, located in Lockport (Illinois), that enables the delivery of top quality products with a very fast turnaround.

For more information on Gage Applied Technologies or any of its products, contact the company at 1 Provost, Suite 200, Lachine, QC, H8S 4H2, Canada. Telephone 1-800-567-GAGE Fax 1-800-780-8411

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