Ibsen offers a common software platform across all regular speed ROCK and FREEDOM spectrometers. Special software can be provided/developed on request for high-speed versions (10 kHz scan speed and above).
Below you can see a summary of the various software levels.
In order to get communication to work with the spectrometer you need to install a USB driver and a virtual COM port driver. These come with the CD or can be downloaded from the FTDI home page.
Firmware (RS-232/USB) commands:
The lowest level that you can communication with the spectrometer is by Firmware commands. These will provide you with most flexibility but is also requires most work since you have to perform the communication command by command. The Firmware command set is independent of operating system so you are not tied to using Windows for instance. A Firmware Command Reference Manual can be provided on request.
Software Development Kit (SDK):
The SDK operates at a layer above the Firmware commands using a set of Windows DLL´s. These DLL's group several firmware commands into more convenient function calls to make it easier to program using C, LabVIEW or similar higher level programming languages. The Software Development Kit has its own User's Manuals included in the package as well as some programming examples.
The VersaSpec software is an application software that runs under Windows mostly intented for quick evaluation of our spectrometers. You can set basic parameters like integration time, number of averages but most of the Firmware parameters can not be set by the VersaSpec.
Some of the ROCK spectrometers use a thermo-electrically cooled detector array mounted inside the detector package. For these ROCK spectrometers, a second CD which includes software for controlling the Thermo-Electric cooling of the detector array used is included.