Baltic Scientific Instruments Si(Li) Detector

spec release 6.02.9 supports the Baltic Scientific Instruments Si(Li) Detector type SER-25 based on the SP350 controller board. The device is configured as an MCA-type instrument and uses a serial interface. See the bsi_sp350 help file for details.

Support for seven circle geometry: sevc

Preliminary support for a new seven-circle diffractometer geometry is included with release 6.02.8. You can now include this geometry when installing spec

Preliminary support for HDF5 file saving

spec release 6.02.7 features new functions to save data using the HDF5 standard. See the new hdf5 help file for details.

New motor controllers supported

Support for Tsuji UPM2C-01 two-axis USB motor controller and Newport CONEX-AGP Motor Controller has been added.

New Standard Macros For Moving Motors

The standard move macros (mv, umv, mvr, umvr…) have been rewritten to allow multiple motors and targets to be specified on the command line. For example, valid syntax now includes:

umv tth 60 th 30 phi 90 chi 120
mv tth 2*CEN th CEN

New hardware supported (OMS UMX motor, Ketek DDP2 MCA)

spec now includes support for the new OMS UMX model motor controller. The UMX has a USB interface but appears as a serial device when the proper kernel drivers are available on Linux and Mac OSX. See the oms help file for details.

spec 6.0 release includes initial support for the Ketek DPP2 digital pulse processor, as used in the GE Measurement & Control Meteor0D energy dispersive X-ray detector. See the ketek help file for details.

Help facility

This spec release has a redesigned help facility. The internal help file parser and formatter have been removed and formatting is now handled by the standard groff and related utilities. Both the built-in help display and the stand-alone chelp program automatically stream formatted help files through the less pager with output sized to the width of the window.

The help files are now authored in reStructuredText (reST) format and converted to groff input format for spec (or HTML for the certif.com website using Python tools. The new help files are located in a new SPECD/spec_help directory.

New web site launch

Together with the new spec 6.0 release the Certified Scientific Software website has been revitalized.

Updated presentation, easier access to information and more interaction with our users are the highlights of this new website.

You can now post questions to other users, suggestions, comments in the user area of the website.

Support For NI GPIB-ENET/1000

spec will now work with the National Instruments GPIB-ENET/1000 using spec’s built-in support. The programming for the GPIB-ENET/1000 is a bit different than that for the GPIB-ENET/100 and the GPIB-ENET models, which continue to be supported.

Support for Radicon detector

detectorRadicon SCSD-3C X-ray scintillation detector with integrated timer/counter support is included from this release. See the radicon help file for details.