A high‐speed digitizer/averager data‐acquisition system designed and built as part of a 300‐MHz Fourier transform electron paramagnetic resonance spectrometer is described. There are two key features of the system: (1) the maximum digitizing rate is 300 Msamples/s and (2) a 256‐point free‐induction‐decay signal running summation can be updated in less than 3 μs. At the maximum digitizing rate, the system can sum 65 536 FIDs in 220 ms. The system consists of an analog‐to‐digital converter/adder unit (ADCA) and an IBM compatible personal computer. The ADCA is comprised of a digitizer, high‐speed sample buffers, high‐speed adders/memory, and control hardware. Design techniques, such as parallel processing, utilized to meet the high‐speed performance requirements are described. Trigger and timing signals for the system are derived from the spectrometer. System efficiency, synchronization, and time base stability are demonstrated in the spectrometer at a sampling frequency of 200 MHz. Signal‐to‐noise ratio enhancements are shown using a lithium phthalocyanine test sample.

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