WinLTP
Version 2.20b
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What Should I Buy?
 

What National Instruments board and what version of WinLTP should I buy?  Here are some of what we think are the best combinations (in US$, October, 2015).  The prices for the National Instrument boards below include a 10% academic discount.  If you buy 5 boards at once you get a 25% academic discount, or 5 boards for the price of 4.  The Molecular Devices  Digidata 1322A is a legacy board and can no longer be purchased.

Important: do NOT buy the National Instruments USB, PCI or PCIexpress 621x M-Series boards because they have no streaming digital output which WinLTP requires for jitter-free extracellular S0/S1 pathway stimulation.  The 621x boards will not work with WinLTP.  In contrast, the  622x and 625x M-Series boards, and all X-Series boards do have streaming digital output and are fine.

We also do not recomend buying the National Instruments 37-pin version of the PCI-6221 because it has only 2 rather than 8 high speed digital outputs, and is therefore only sufficient for S0 and S1, but nothing else such as the 4 digital outputs or the additional extracellular outputs for automated perfusion control.

Please order the National Instruments boards, cables and connector boxes directly from National Instruments.  That way you are guaranteed to directly get the best prices (academic and volume discounts), and the proper warranties.

 

For most researchers:
  1. PCIe board (with screw terminals)
  a. AD board PCIe-6321 £468 $568
  + Cable SHC68-68-EPM cable, 1 meter 83 104
    + Connector Block (with screw terminals) CB-68LPR 86 101
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         AD board + cable + connector Subtotal £637 $773
  b. Standard Version of WinLTP   (1st copy is £600, additional copies £500) £600 $1000
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£1237 $1773
2.  PCIe board (with BNC connectors)
  a. AD board PCIe-6321 £468 $568
  + Cable SHC68-68-EPM cable, 2 meters 104 128
    + Connector Block (with BNC connectors) BNC-2110 *** 279 341
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         AD board + cable + connector Subtotal £851 $1037
  b. Standard Version of WinLTP   (1st copy is £600, additional copies £500) £600 $1000
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£1451 $2037
3. USB board (with screw terminals)
  a. USB board USB-6341 £897 $1096
  b. Standard Version of WinLTP   (1st copy is £600, additional copies £500) £600 $1000
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          £1497 $2096
     
For well-off researchers:
1. USB board (with BNC connectors)
    a. USB board USB-6341 BNC £1339 $1650
    b. Standard Version of WinLTP  (1st copy is £600, additional copies £500) £600 $1000
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          £1939 $2650
     
For researchers using automated perfusion:
1.  PCIe board (with BNC connectors)
  a. AD board PCIe-6321 £468 $568
  + Cable SHC68-68-EPM cable, 2 meters 104 128
    + Connector Block (with BNC connectors) BNC-2090A *** 347 419
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         AD board + cable + connector Subtotal £919 $1115
  b. Advanced Version of WinLTP (1st copy is £900, additional copies £800) £900 $1500
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£1819 $2615
2. USB board (with BNC connectors)
  a. USB board USB-6341 BNC £1339 $1650
  b. Advanced Version of WinLTP (1st copy is £900, additional copies £800) £900 $1500
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          £2239 $3150

 

*** If you are using WinLTP for automated extracellular slice perfusion, the BNC-2110 connector box does not have the P2.7 digital output, so you can’t use channel 16 with the standard 16-channel perfusion system, or channel 8 with the pre-flush 8-channel system).  Similarly, the BNC-2120 connector box does not have the P2.2, P2.3 or P2.7 digital outputs, so you can’t use channels 11, 12 and 16 with the standard 16-channel perfusion system, or channels 3,4 and 8 with the pre-flush 8-channel system.  A BNC-2090A, a CA-1000 enclosure with a CB-68LPR block, USB-6341 or USB-6341 BNC are better choices.