LabOne Highlights

What's New?

With every new release of LabOne, a range of additional functionality expands your Instrument's capabilities even further while maintaining the highest quality standards you have come to associate with Zurich Instruments. This page summarizes some of the most recent highlights.

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Multi-device Synchronization (MDS)

Do you have an application that requires the use of multiple synchronized signal input and signal output channels? Then you are probably well aware that just stacking a few instruments is often not sufficient.

Full synchronization includes stable and well-defined phase relationships between the various reference clocks, the ability to synchronize the signal outputs at defined times and the alignment of time stamps and sampling rates for the recorded signals. Ideally, you have to use only a single user interface or API to orchestrate the entire instrument assembly.

Zurich Instruments is committed to providing customers a comprehensive approach and offer the best-in-class scalability of their instruments. Starting with LabOne 17.06, users that operate several Zurich Instruments devices simultaneously will now be able to synchronize their instruments and use them through a single instance of Labone.

  • Clock synchronization: locks all internal instrument clocks to one master clock
  • Time stamp synchronization: aligns measurement sampling rates and time stamps taken by different instruments for convenient further processing
  • UHFAWG output edge synchronization: aligns the signal generation engines at any point of the sequence to produce edges with a defined maximum skew
  • UHFAWG sequencer synchronization: control the output of several AWG instruments from one single sequencer program with distributed execution

Multi-Device Synchronization also includes the LabOne toolset on the user interface and through the APIs. The following data acquisition and data analysis tools are MDS ready:

  • Sweeper: sweep a parameter on one instrument and acquire data from multiple instruments in a single user interface or API
  • Plotter: analyze the measurements performed on multiple instruments in a single Plotter window
  • Software Trigger: trigger on any signal and acquire shots of aligned data from multiple instruments into a single Software Trigger window
  • Continuous aligned data recording: record fully synchronized Lock-in, Boxcar, PID, Arithmetic Unit (AU) and Scope data via the user interface and API from multiple synchronized instruments

Imaging with Software Trigger

Imaging is one of the most important applications for our customers doing Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM) and non-linear imaging, with CARS, SRS and THz spectroscopy, being the most prominent examples.

The imaging mode converts any of the measurement signals into images and provides

  • A clear definition of a "line", based on a starting event detected by the line trigger and a user-defined duration.
  • The resampling of the recorded data samples to the required number of pixels with a suitable interpolation and/or averaging.
  • To store the matrix-like data in a grid data structure, based on the number of lines defined.

All this is now implemented in the LabOne Software Trigger module and available in the user interface as well as on the programming interfaces (API). With the power to stream up to a sustainable 800 kSa/s over multiple channels in a triggered fashion (depending on product category), the LabOne server architecture is strong in data acquisition capability, even video rate (512*512 pixel/s) would still be well below the transfer rate limit.

Graphical Lock-in Tab - Functional Block Diagram

By adding a functional block diagram for every demodulator to the LabOne user interface the user can now intuitively understand the signal processing pathways. Signal Input and demodulator settings, as well as the various output channels - Signal Outputs, Auxiliary Outputs and the data transfer to the PC - are all covered.

File Manager

The File Manager was introduced as a new tab with the latest release. For UHFLI users this brings the advantage of a quick and easy access to measurement files, settings files and log files on the local PC. Moreover, MFLI users can manage files on the instrument flash drive as well as on storage devices attached to one of the two USB connectors.


The UHFLI and the MFLI can now be programmed to start up in a user defined state of operation. This is particularly interesting for applications where the same instrument configuration is always needed and results are mainly taken out from the auxiliary outputs. Typical examples are imaging applications with analog interfacing to the main controller.

LabOne APIs

  • LabVIEW: support of Apple OSX
  • LabVIEW: support of Sweeper, Spectrum Analyzer and PID Advisor modules
  • C: support for Sweeper, Software Trigger, PID Advisor and Spectrum modules


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