HEKA LIH 8+8 Data Acquisition System

HEKA LIH 8+8 Data Acquisition System


  • Eight 16-bit analog inputs.
  • Two A/D converters, each multiplexed into 4 inputs.
  • 400 kHz aggregate, max. 200 kHz per A/D converter.
  • Input type: differential.
  • Input Range: -10 to +10 V.



The HEKA LIH 8+8 Data Acquisition System from Digitimer is a high resolution, low-noise scientific data acquisition system. It utilises the latest USB 2.0 and high-speed processing technologies. The Lih 8+8 provides expandability and versatility that will satisfy both current and future needs and it can easily be connected to a laptop computer without the need for a peripheral PCI card.

The analog input and output channels are isolated from the digital lines that communicate with the computer. Each analog channel has its own separate ground patch and the digital section has a completely different ground. The result is complete isolation of the acquisition side from the computer side with full 16-bit capability and low noise.

The HEKA Lih 8+8 system is comprised of a USB 2.0 computer interface and one or multiple analog rack units interconnected by CAT5 cables. The USB 2.0 provides superb performance, while the CAT5 cables allow multiple racks to be synchronised during data acquisition. A single external trigger is capable of starting multiple racks simultaneously.

The number of racks supported by one computer is only limited by the number of USB connectors available in that computer. Multiple racks installed in the same computer or in separate computers can be synchronised.

The HEKA Lih 8+8 provides eight analog differential inputs, four analog differential outputs via BNC connectors at the front panel. Sixteen digital inputs and sixteen digital outputs are provided on one connector at the rear panel. In parallel, 4 digital outputs and 4 digital inputs are provided via BNC connectors on the front panel. All channels are sampled synchronously. It has a sound generator built-in and a sound connector at the rear panel allows connection of an active speaker or a headset.

The HEKA Lih 8+8 features cophasic acquisition of the two most relevant signals; ex. the current and voltage trace of the amplifier. The acquisition board samples these two AD-converters in parallel with no time delay. In the schematic below the two AD channels exhibiting cophasic acquisition are AD-0 and AD-1.

The eight analog differential input channels are separated into two banks of four. One bank is comprised of AD channels 0,2,4 and 6 and the other bank is comprised of AD channels 1,3,5 and 7. Each bank is multiplexed into one 16-bit 200 kHz A/D converter. Both A/D converters sample simultaneously and synchronously at the maximum conversion rate resulting in a total throughput of 400 kHz. This unique arrangement allows pairs of channels to be digitized without phase-shift (ex; AD-0 & AD-1). In other words, there is no time delay between two DA-channels firing and the time of acquisition of two cophasic AD-channels. If the bandwidth of the experiment calls for lower sampling rates, the interface adjusts the rate accordingly.

Time delays of 5 µs per pair of AD-channels occur if there is acquisition from more than 2 AD-channels. This is illustrated in the schematic below as the slight separation between the sampling of the pair AD-0 and AD-1 and the sampling of the pair AD-2 and AD-3 and is shown in the insert.

Heka LIH 8+8 Data Acquisition System Digitimer 03

Schematic illustrating a sampling rate of every 100 µs (10 kHz). The slight time delay between the sampling of pair AD-0 & AD-1 with pair AD-2 & AD-3 is 5 µs (shown in the insert).

The HEKA Lih 8+8 can be controlled by the HEKA software packages PATCHMASTER, CHARTMASTER, POTMASTER and TIDA. A DLL (dynamic link library) is available to control the LIH 8+8 from your own applications. There are also IgorPro XOPs (“external operations”) that enable control of the LIH 8+8 directly from IgorPro (5.0 or newer). The LIH_XOPs are free of charge, can be downloaded directly from our web site, require no dongle and can be used under Windows.

For further information on the HEKA Lih 8+8 please contact us by calling 01707 328347 or by sending us an email at sales@digitimer.com.

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HEKA LIH 8+8 Data Acquisition System




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