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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
Firmware updates: downloadable
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 2805RM

2805SA-8 break-out box
2805RM 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: 00972132

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: 85235190

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