Distinguishing between Mk2 and Mk3 DM24 digitisers
The DM24 digitiser is available as a stand-alone unit, integrated into instruments (such as the 5TD) and integrated with acquisition modules (such as the DM24S3EAM or the older DM24S3DCM). The DM24 underwent a significant design change in late 2005, when the Mk3 was introduced, but there are still many Mk2 units installed and giving good service. The two versions require different firmware. This page describes how to tell whether you have a Mk2 or a Mk3 DM24 digitiser.
Installations with separate digitisers:
The stand-alone Mk3 digitiser module has ports on both sides of the case. The Mk2 digitiser has ports on only one side. It is also larger. In the photograph below, the Mk3 is on top:
Installations with integrated acquisition units
All digitiser modules integrated with EAMs, such as the DM24S6EAM pictured below, are Mk3 units.
Digitiser modules integrated with DCMs in black, plastic cases, may be Mk2 or Mk3 units: check the serial number or currently loaded firmware (see below) to tell which version you have.
Installations with digital sensors:
If you have a 3ESPCD, 3TD or 40TD which is in a single-piece sleeve, you have a Mk3 digitiser.
If you have a 3ESPD, 3TD or 40TD with a two-piece sleeve (with a join across the middle marked by screws) supplied before 2006, or another type of instrument, you may have either type of digitiser: check the serial number or currently loaded firmware (see below) to tell which version you have.
Checking the serial number:
If the serial number of the digitiser begins with D (e.g. as seen in the digital sensor's serial number T3123/D103,) you have a Mk2 digitiser. Mk3 digitisers have serial numbers beginning with A, B or C (e.g. T3434/AB91.)
Checking the current firmware version:
The DM24 prints its current firmware version to the status stream (the stream with the ID ending 00) when it boots as shown below:
In the example above, the firmware (current System Code) version is v.106.
- If the firmware version begins with a 09 (e.g. v.098) then the DM24 is a Mk2.
- If the firmware version begins with a 1 (e.g. v.103) then the DM24 is a Mk3.
- If the firmware version begins with a 0 but is less than v.090, it is Mk1. The firmware on these units is held in PROMs and cannot be upgraded.