Waveform-Capture-Device: Revolutionizing Precision Timing and High-Speed Waveform Analysis

The Need

In various scientific and engineering fields, the accurate measurement of time-dependent digital waveforms is paramount. From wireless communication systems and GPS to medical imaging like PET scans, precision timing is critical. Traditional methods utilizing separate time-to-digital converters (TDCs) and digital storage oscilloscopes (DSOs) have limitations, requiring specialized hardware and facing challenges in calibration and signal distortion.

The Technology

Introducing the Waveform-Capture-Device (WCD), a groundbreaking solution merging a 5 picosecond (ps)-resolution time-to-digital converter (TDC) with an ultra-fast digital oscilloscope (DO). Implemented on field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), the WCD offers unparalleled flexibility and precision. It captures complex GHz frequency waveforms at picosecond intervals, overcoming the shortcomings of traditional approaches.

Commercial Applications

  • High-speed data communication systems
  • Radar and sonar signal analysis
  • Ultra-fast laser characterization
  • Quantum computing research
  • Automotive collision avoidance systems


  • Unprecedented precision: Achieves 5 ps resolution for time measurements, crucial for high-frequency waveform analysis.
  • Versatility: Acts as both a TDC and a DO, eliminating the need for separate devices and reducing complexity.
  • FPGA-based flexibility: Adaptable to various applications without hardware changes, reducing costs and development time.
  • Dynamic phase-shifting (DPS) calibration: Ensures accurate measurements without the need for specialized hardware or complex calibration processes.
  • Compact design: Integrates multiple functionalities into a single device, saving space in laboratory setups and equipment racks.

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