Digital Delay Generators


A digital delay generator is a component of electronic testing equipment that produces accurate delays for syncing, triggering, gating, and delaying outcomes. These types of generators are beneficial in multiple varieties of controls, processes, and experiments where the electronic timing for single or multiple events to a common timing reference is necessary. An incident may trigger the generator or initiate a chain of events. What distinguishes it from conventional electronic timing is the synchronicity of its outputs to the initiating event.


All delay generators count fast clock cycles to estimate and average time intervals. Additionally, most digital delay generators have limited programmable analog delays to generate precise resolution sequence intervals than those that are produced by the clock intervals. It is possible to eliminate timing indeterminacy by measuring trigger events with respect to compensating the analog delays and the internal clock systems. This approach overcomes the jitter and enables the internal rate generator to operate at any pace.


Digital delay generators include many trigger modes. For instance, an internal rate generator can trigger a burst of cycles, a single shot, or a timing cycle. A line trigger functions synchronously with the AC mains while a key press can trigger a single shot cycle. Rear-panel trigger inhibits input, resulting in disabling any of the pulse outputs or triggers during a timing cycle.


The outputs of a digital delay generator can be configured to generate programming defined by a pulse with widths such as falling and rising channel edges. Other features include:

  • Providing precisely defined pulses
  • Trigger holdoff
  • Prescaling

Delay parameters generate separate outputs, allow for a single trigger input, and may be extended and renewed without generation of inaccurate delays.

As a leading digital delay pulse generator manufacturer, Berkeley Nucleonics Corporation is dedicated to preserving technical excellence by meeting the needs of signal analysis, precision timing, and detector systems.