Technical Specifications

Waveform I/O
16 channels of 16-bit waveform input, software switchable ±5V or ±10V
Up to 48 waveform inputs via expansion units 4001-3, 2701 -5 or -9
Max sampling rate: 1 MHz multi-channel, up to 3 MHz single channel
System accuracy and noise: 0.05% of full scale ±1.5 bits
Optional programmable gain x1, x2, x5, x10
4 waveform output channels, 16-bit, software switchable ±5V or ±10V
Up to 8 waveform output channels via 2701-5 top box
Digital I/O
16 digital inputs, 8 with change-of-state detection to µs accuracy
16 digital outputs with handshake lines for byte input and output
Clocks and Events
5 programmable clocks with 100nS resolution more details
BNC socket for clock inputs and event (clock start) connections
Processor and memory
32-bit Marvell MV78100 processor
1 Gbyte of read-write memory, expandable to 2 Gbytes
Case and power supply
Size: 428 x 48 x 230mm (16.85 x 1.89 x 9.0 inch) (W x H x D)
Rack mount for standard 19 inch laboratory racks
Fan cooling for enhanced reliability
12 Volt DC power option for mobile, trolley or remote applications
External 110-240V 50-60 Hz auto-sensing power supply, 30W approx.
Synchronize (time lock) multiple Micro1401s and Power1401s
Host interface
USB 2.0
Rear view of the Power1401-3A
Rear view of the Power1401-3A

Need more channels? If you need more inputs and outputs than are provided on the front panel, there are expansion connectors on the rear panel, on Cannon connectors.

If these are not convenient, we offer break out boxes that plug into these connectors and provide BNC connectors, or a full 19" rack mount panel with BNCs, the 2805-16.

2805 break-out box
2805-16 BNC patch panel


Software compatible with CED Power1401, 1401plus and Micro1401 at application level.

Drivers for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, 8, 10, including Intel Macintosh running Windows.

We recommend that the PC has 2GB minimum of RAM.

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Cambridge Electronic Design Limited

Registered in England: 972132

Registered office:

  • Cambridge Electronic Design Limited,
  • Technical Centre,
  • 139 Cambridge Road,
  • Milton,
  • Cambridge CB24 6AZ

VAT: GB 214 2617 96

Producer Registration number: WEE/BD0050TZ

Terms and Conditions of Sale

For our US customers, we can provide tax form W-8BEN, that identifies us as a UK company.

DUNS: 219151016
NAICS: 423490
Commodity codes
Hardware: 84716070
Software: 85234945

By email:


By post:
  • Cambridge Electronic Design Limited,
  • Technical Centre,
  • 139 Cambridge Road,
  • Milton,
  • Cambridge CB24 6AZ
By telephone:

(Int.+44) (0)1223 420186

From North America (Toll Free):

1 800 345 7794


Privacy policy

CED, through this site, does two things that relate to privacy. We would like to explain them.

Emails from down-loads

We offer free down-loads of many files on our site, from test programs to complete install files for updated versions of major packages like Spike2 and Signal.

When customers wish to take a down-load of a major package, we ask a few questions, including their name, email address, the serial number of the software for which they seek an upgrade and whether they would like an automatic email whenever we update the product. This information is emailed back to CED when they access the final down-load screen. Within this email, your browser transmits the type and version of browser you are using, and the screen resolution you are running.

The reasons why we take and keep this information are that it is useful for our software development team to know who has taken the latest versions, and it is useful for our web site development team to know which browsers people are using to view our site, and what resolution they have their screens set to.


When people down-load a major package, we try to write a cookie, a small file in your computer, that records your name, serial number of the software package, and the version you are down-loading. These files have a lifetime of one year.

The reasons for storing this information are firstly that if you ask for another down-load some other time, your details are read from the cookie and are pre-written into the form, to save you looking them up again. The other reason is that next time you access our site, your browser looks through your CED cookies and compares the versions down-loaded with the latest version numbers read from our site. If there is a later version of a product you have already down-loaded, we tell you on the home page screen, so you know that it is worth going to the down-load page again.

None of this information is ever given to anyone outside CED. ×