Swabian Instruments designs and manufactures data acquisition and signal generation systems for research and industry. Our systems are easy to use and packed with useful features. We achieve this by shifting some of the hardest tasks from the hardware to the software level. This makes our systems flexible and extendable. We call this “Software Defined Data Acquisition”. All our systems come with free powerful programming interfaces. Our systems cover a frequency range from DC to 50 GSa/s.
Swabian Instruments GmbH, headquartered in Schwieberdingen, Germany, was founded in 2016 by Helmut Fedder and Michael Schlagmüller as a spin-off from the Physics Department at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, and supported by the German EXIST Business Start-up Grant with the goal to commercialize the “Time Tagger” data acquisition tool that had become a tremendous success throughout the Department. By 2016 more than 10 Time Taggers were used at the 3. Physics Institute alone, performing literally all data acquisition tasks. Swabian Instrument’s commercial product “Time Tagger 20” is emerging as one of the most powerful data acquisition tools used by the physics research community from quantum optics to bio physics.
We strive to make data acquisition and signal generation as easy and intuitive as possible. Our goal is to help you maximize the time that you spend on actual research. We achieve this by empowering you with software and hardware tools that require minimal programming efforts and are packed with useful features. We put lots of thoughts into our system’s architectures and the interface that you interact with and we try to push the boundary of what is possible with modern data acquisition and signal generation.
Who we are
Dr. Helmut Fedder (CEO and Co-Founder)
Helmut Fedder is focusing on business development and new product design. He has been driving the development of the Time Tagger systems since early 2010. Helmut studied Physics in Germany, Sweden and The Netherlands and has more than 8 years of experience as a research group leader in quantum optics, FPGA development and experiment design.
Dr. Michael Schlagmüller (CTO and Co-Founder)
Michael Schlagmüller is responsible for hardware and software development, supply chain management, quality assurance and finances. He holds both a PhD in Physics and an MSc. (BA) in electrical engineering and was a successful business owner before he joined Swabian Instruments in 2013.
Dipl.-Ing. Markus Wick (Advisor and Co-Founder)
Markus Wick developed the heart of the Time Tagger in 2011 and he is our consultant for FPGA and software development. He is currently writing his PhD thesis in electrical engineering and will join Swabian Instruments Q1/2018.
Levindo Neto (Web developer)
Levindo Neto is responsible for developing our web application. He is an experienced software developer, bringing together the web technologies, AngularJS and Python. With his enduring work style, he pushes the web frontend and backend continuously.
Nadja Teupe (Operations Manager)
Nadja Teupe is responsible for production, testing and logistics. She is the one who keeps everything up and running.
Christof Skupin (FPGA developer)
Christof Skupin helps us with our FPGA development. Christof is an electrical engineer (Dipl. Ing.). Besides working for us, he is a musician at the SWR Symphony Orchestra playing the trumpet.
University of Stuttgart Development Team
Our University of Stuttgart office hosts a team of enthusiastic physicists, computer scientists, and electrical engineers with strong ties to the University of Stuttgart and Max-Planck-Institutes. They share a common enthusiasm to develop high quality, innovative hardware and software.
Alejandro Gallo (Web developer)
Alejandro Gallo was responsible for developing our web application. Alejandro speaks 7 human languages fluently and an even larger number of programming languages. Besides working for us, he is pursuing his PhD in Theoretical Physics on quantum simulations.
Kirill Alpin (FPGA developer)
Kirill Alpin helped us with our FPGA development. Kirill is a theoretical physicist (BSc.). Besides working for us, he is pursuing his MSc. in Physics at the University of Stuttgart.
We are supported by the Technology Transfer Initiative at the University of Stuttgart and by the EXIST Business Start-up Grant.