NetAcquire Bit Sync with Clear SyncTM Technology

NetAcquire Clear Sync technology integrates a state-of- the-art bit sync front end into the field-proven PCM serial capabilities of any NetAcquire product.

  • 20, 30, 40, and 60 Mbps performance options
  • Maximum data quality and noise rejection
  • Data encapsulation feature sends data quality information to remote location as either PCM or network
  • Integrated in one unit with frame sync, decommutation, and networking
  • Remote network configuration and advanced status monitoring
  • Up to 16 channels in one unit

Clear Sync design emphasizes data quality; its digital design has no analog components that could drift out of calibration and affect performance. Each input channel uses a digitally controlled low noise floor, tunable automatic DC offset removal, and automatic gain control (AGC). The system’s super high-speed analog-to- digital (ADC) converter features an ultra-low jitter sample clock input. The ADC runs at a higher resolution, 12 bit and higher speed extreme multiples of the bit rate, to extract maximum information from the input signal. Over-sampling in amplitude and frequency provides the ultimate data quality input to the Clear Sync digital signal processor.

The FPGA-based digital processor implements a high precision phase detector and sophisticated multi- loop tracking PLL with capabilities well beyond the analog domain while offering superior performance monitoring and software tuning. Next generation output clock frequency synthesis tracks to better than 0.1 parts per million (0.0000001%) resulting in highly accurate bit tracking without data edges — even in the presence of high noise. Best of all, as NetAcquire algorithms advance, Clear Sync provides in-field software and FPGA upgradeability, protecting your investment for the long term.

Clear Sync operation is controlled and monitored from any authorized, network-connected computer. This feature allows users to view real-time plots of the operation and change the input source, loop bandwidth, or other parameters from any computer on the network whether it is in the lab, in a different building, or across the range. Better confidence in the bit sync tuning yields more consistent signal quality. A sophisticated signal quality metric is continuously computed; this real-time data quality value is user-optionally included in the PCM serial or network output from the Clear Sync system.

Built-in enhanced diagnostics allow remote system configuration and adjustments. For example, if the programmed bit sync rate is incorrect and no data is being received, a technician no longer needs to go to the antenna to adjust parameters. Now users can change any parameter from their desk.

Bit Synchronizer Features

  • Advanced network-based GUI control and scrolling chart status
  • Tight integration with frame sync, decom, and network output
  • Leading edge digital design
  • Bit sync up to 60 Mbps, 16 input channels per 4U chassis
  • 0.1 to 3% Loop Bandwidth adjustable in 0.1% steps
  • 0.2 to 24 Vpp input range with DC offset removal
  • Automatic tracking range limit with user override option
  • Viterbi decoding and ambiguity resolution options
  • Industry-unique “reverse direction” network data to PCM serial output
  • Real-time data quality measurement can be included in output PCM or network data stream

Advanced Real-Time Graphical Status

  • Frequency tracking or frequency deviation tracking over time
  • Signal amplitude level tracking over time
  • Real-time graphing of input signal quality metric (SNR, E b /N 0 )
  • At-a- glance continuous signal, bit lock and frame lock status

Bit Sync Powered by NetAcquire™

Every NetAcquire system is built on top of advanced network-centric NetAcquire software architecture; benefits include built-in configuration and monitoring using any standard Web browser, security management with individual user passwords, and real-time parameter monitoring and graphing. All NetAcquire systems support software upgrades via the network; as networking protocols change, your investment is preserved. Advanced optional features include decommutation, correlating source selection, data archiving, data reformatting, publish/subscribe, BERT, simulation, and time synchronization.

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Preston Hauck

President, Chief Technology Officer

Preston Hauck founded NetAcquire in 1993 with the goal of providing computer communications and processing systems that seamlessly operate with real-time performance over distributed networks.

During the early years of NetAcquire, Preston took a hands-on role in developing new products. He remains enthusiastically involved in helping customers solve complex real-world challenges.

As the company grew, Preston leveraged his information systems background to create tools that could automate business processes, increasing company efficiency, responsiveness, and scalability. In his current role, Preston oversees new product direction, manages company growth,works directly with clients and the engineering team on projects that call for his applications design expertise.

Prior to founding NetAcquire, Preston served as vice president of software engineering for Microstar Laboratories, a provider of PC-based test and measurement products. During his tenure, he helped the company grow tenfold in both revenue and employees. Preston developed an innovative real-time operating system from the ground-up, plus a data processing engine that powered all of Microstar's products for more than two decades.

Preston holds a bachelor's degree in computer science, graduating first in his class in 1984 from the University of British Columbia.  He was granted a U.S. patent for developing a novel approach to initialize one processor from another in a multi-processor system. He has published a number of papers on real-time computer systems and regularly teaches networked telemetry processing classes.

Preston was born in Canada. After many years living in Washington State, he proudly became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2003. He enjoys traveling, reading, photography, basketball, skiing, and movies with his wife Colleen and their two children.

John Bono

Engineering Vice President

John Bono, a Seattle area native, graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington.  John started his career with Boeing Aerospace Company, working in a variety of roles. He received personal recognition from Boeing’s CEO for his contributions to 767 avionics.  John designed hardware and firmware for a Mil-Std-1553 bus interface and was the hardware lead and system designer for a B-1B flight simulator’s computer generated imagery display.  After Boeing, John joined Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL) as a signal processing engineer. He was promoted to the role of ultrasound system architect before becoming the software and systems lead for an image storage and network transport system. During John’s tenure at ATL, he received a Technical Fellow award, became a member of the Senior Technical Staff, and had a role in ATL’s achievement of ISO 9001 certification.  

When John joined the rapidly growing NetAcquire Corporation in 2001, his “big company” experience was leveraged to enhance configuration management and quality systems and processes. He soon became the Management Representative for the company’s AS 9100 certification efforts.  

Today, John is involved in the system, hardware, and firmware design of virtually every system NetAcquire ships.  While the majority of these systems are customer-specified configurations of NetAcquire COTS hardware and software modules, many other systems are rack-sized, challenging configurations involving complex interchanges of information in all forms.  The NetAcquire motto of “connect anything to anything” is John’s daily mission; he knows that, when applied to real-time systems, there will be a continuous stream of interesting problems to solve and challenges to conquer to best meet the needs of his customers and their mission critical projects around the world.

Steve Proudlock

Sales Vice President

For many NetAcquire customers, Steve is the initial face and voice of the company. While he has a desk at the company headquarters in Kirkland, Washington, quite often he’s in the air, flying to meet customers, discuss projects and set solutions into motion.

Steve joined NetAcquire in the summer of 2001. He sees his principal role as being the customer’s advocate. Steve thrives on opportunities to work on-site with NetAcquire customers to see first-hand the tasks and challenges they face.

In 2002, Steve joined the volunteer organizing committee for the International Telemetering Conference; he serves on the committee to this day. Steve also supports and participates in the meetings and industry standards efforts of several Range Commanders Council (RCC) committees.

Steve is an Army Veteran, having served in locations around the world in military law enforcement and personal protection roles. After graduating Pre Law from Central Washington University, he began a sales career in retail consumer electronics. The career choice was inspired by his favorite uncle, Ken Cartwright, a career tire salesman at Sears. Ken taught Steve the foundation principles of professional salesmanship: “Say what you are going to do, and then do it,” and “Get to know someone by showing sincere interest and earning their trust”.  

Steve’s Microsoft and Cisco certifications help him better understand the technical aspects of test range telemetry. While Steve is well versed in all aspects of NetAcquire technology today, he still learns something new on a daily basis from his colleagues.

Steve is a Seattle area native who enthusiastically gives his time and resources to a local charity dedicated to supporting foster children and their families.

Mark Roseberry


Mark Roseberry has been with NetAcquire since its inception. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and Mathematics, graduating with honors from the University of British Columbia. Mark has almost 40 years of software development and business management expertise. He has been instrumental in  the Company's business development and growth while running the NetAcquire Canada engineering office in Vancouver since 2001 and has been involved in the design and implementation of many key NetAcquire software components.

Mark shares our founder Preston Hauck's hands-on philosophy and his user-centric approach makes him a frequent participant and advocate for strong technical solutions ranging from customer-driven requirements development to robust implementation to  top-notch technical support and responsiveness.