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Avantes has announced its AvaGigE USB to Ethernet converter device that allows the company's Avaspec USB controlled spectrometers to plug into a gigabit Ethernet connection.

Enabling instrument control and data acquisition, the AvaGigE allows up to eight spectrometers to connect to the Ethernet using a USB hub and a web-based configuration utility. Once the connection has been configured the AvaSpec spectrometers can be addressed through Avantes' proprietary AvaSoft operating software or the AS5216 DLL interface.

The AvaGigE handles all synchronisation between data channels. The AvaGigE supports data transfer speeds that are nearly equivalent to direct USB 2.0 communication.