Getting started with QuantumX and SomatXR

Thank you for choosing Hottinger Brüel & Kjaer (HBK) as solution provider for your measurement, testing and analysis tasks. This landing page helps you to start working with your new QuantumX and SomatXR data acquisition series and shows the first three steps for a successful test.

1. Download the full documentation and install auxiliary tools


QuantumX and SomatXR are flexible and open data acquisition systems. Most of the users work with HBK's catman software as it is easy to use, but the modules can be integrated into any software package.

Please download for free QuantumX and SomatXR System Package which includes:


  • Complete documentation (operating manuals, including all sensor wiring diagrams, datasheets, instruction manuals, ESI /GDSML files, Step3D files, …)
  • MX Assistant software – a free setup and diagnosis tool for 3rd party software users
  • HBM Device Manager software – find and access your data recorder remotely

QuantumX and SomatXR System Package






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The HBM Device Manager is a service tool to scan the network for available HBM devices.

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Hint: Please unzip the package and then execute “start.exe” to install:

• MX Assistant

• HBM Device Manager

• All manuals, datasheets, online help files, leaflets, etc.


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With catman data acquisition software, you can easily setup all channels (check the correct wiring diagram for every sensor on every channel), acquire, visualize, and analyze your measuring data - immediately or post process.

Whether it be for mobile data acquisition in field tests, measurement in lab or -based component testing, bench testing or 24-7 monitoring tasksjobs: catman is up for any challenge - from setup to reported results.

catman – The Perfect Test and Measurement Software for QuantumX and SomatXR






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Software for data acquisition, visualization, analysis and reporting of measurement data for your PC or QuantumX/SomatXR Data Recorder.

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In case you want to integrate your DAQ system into other software packages, please visit Driver & API website to check the different options.

2. Connect and set up your hardware

QuantumX and SomatXR offer numerous possibilities in a single system:

Every module is a DAQ system...

  • Sensor connection
  • PC connection
  • Powering

Single Modules


... integrate in real-time ...

- Integration options into: 

  • Test benches
  • Third party software


... scale up and distribute modules ...

  • Possible topologies
  • Routing to PC
  • Powering multiple modules

Multiple Modules


... stand-alone recording

- CX22 Data recorder for:

  • Interactive testing

  • Unattended testing and Monitoring

Data Recorder

QuantumX and SomatXR give you a high degree of flexibility and adapt to your individual measurement and testing setups and daily challenges. Please check the many setup options and different topologies to see what’s possible. If you have questions, please contact our world-class support team.

Once you are connected to your hardware, catman checks if your device firmware is up to date.

You can also update your hardware to the latest available firmware with MX Assistant.






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Modules: all C type modules like CX27C/-R and MX471C/-R and MXFS.

Necessary tools: MX Assistant or catman Easy/AP

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Modules: all B type modules like MX840B/-R, MX471B/-R, … and CX27B (not for CX22B/-R-W, CX27C or MX471C/-R)

Necessary tools: MX Assistant or catman Easy/AP

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Now you can start setting up your first DAQ job.

3. Start your first measurement and DAQ job

Now you are set to start your first measurement or data acquisition job and are ready to dive into the data physics world.

Learn the different functionalities of catman and check out our video tutorials, tech notes, FAQs and case studies in our catman knowledge base.

You want to fully dive into your new software? Please check our HBK Academy seminars and learn and practice together with our professional trainers from our Physical Experts team. The HBK Academy offers seminars and training for all knowledge levels - from beginner to measurement application professional.

HBK offers additional services to support you in executing your measurement tasks. Please contact us for further information.


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Our professional Support Team will assist you whenever documentation or information around QuantumX / SomatXR or catman software is missing.

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