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From Bob Helsel, Editor of the PXI Newsletter:

Welcome to the September 2018 edition of the PXI Newsletter.  Our intent is to educate and inform you about how the PXI standard is being used in modular test systems for a wide variety of industries.

In the New PXI Products section, we are showcasing PXI products recently released by members of the PXI Systems Alliance.

Our thanks go to Marvin Test Solutions, the sponsor of this month's issue.

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PXI-Based Optical Test and Measurement

By National Instruments

1. Bringing Optical Mixed-Signal Test Capabilities to PXI

Coherent Solutions is a world-leading provider of test and measurement equipment for optical communications, and they are bringing their innovative line of optical test modules to the PXI platform. Their migration to PXI adds tremendous value to customers working on mixed-signal, optical-electrical applications. The product line will support a wide range of applications including laser RIN testing, laser diode test and characterization, and wafer-level VCSEL testing. 

2. The PXI Approach to Test and Measurement

A Platform for Mixed-Signal Test

PXI, or PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation, is an open specification governed by the PXI Systems Alliance (PXISA) that defines a rugged, high-performance platform optimized for test, measurement, and control. PXI combines PCI Express electrical-bus features with the rugged, modular packaging of CompactPCI and adds specialized synchronization buses. The introduction of Coherent Solutions optical PXI modules means all the benefits of a single-platform measurement system now extend to include true optical-electrical mixed signal test:

  • Simplify wiring and signal routing with unparalleled synchronization capability across a shared timing and triggering backplane
  • Capture more data with high speed data streaming from module to controller
  • Process more data, faster with embedded multi-core processors or remote-PC control
  • Save time and get to automated measurements quickly with an extensive portfolio of software for interactive and automated test and measurement



The PXI Platform Overview


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Thanks to all our readers.
Bob Helsel, Editor

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New PXI Products

The PXI platform continues its explosive growth with many new product introductions. New products introduced in the last three months include (listed in the order received):

Marvin Test Solutions F-35 Armament Test Set

  • Rugged, portable tester for F-35 Lightning II Alternate Mission Equipment (AME)
  • Field and back-shop testing of launchers, pylons and subassemblies
  • Full support for MIL-STD-1760 assemblies and other JSF interfaces
  • State-of-the-art PXI architecture
  • Full parametric test with optional diagnostics

Coherent Solutions O2EPXIe – Modular Optical-to-Electrical Converter
The O2EPXIe is a high bandwidth, broadband OE converter designed for the PXI Platform. Available in a range of configurations; choose from 1 or 2 channels, AC or DC coupling and various conversion gain and operating wavelength ranges.

Sundance DSP PXIe800Z
The PXIe800Z is based on Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC FPGA family. Depending on the choice of Zynq UltraScale+ FPGA it can be used for High-Performance Computing (HPC), digital communication or image processing, including AR/VR applications. 

Keysight PXI Vector Signal Analyzers
For design validation and manufacturing applications that require fast, high quality measurements where quality control, product conformance and test optimization are essential. With a small footprint, speed, scalability repeatability, and the flexibility to configure a solution with a shared processor, frame/chassis, display, and interface, PXIe vector signal analyzers provide the building blocks for your single or multi-channel modular test solution.

Teledyne SP Devices 14-bit Arbitrary Waveform Generator with 2 GS/s Sample Rate
The SDR14TX AWG offers a complement to the previously released ADQ14 and ADQ7 digitizer families and can be used either for stand-alone operation or in system-level solutions with well-matched signal generation and data acquisition performance.

Advanced Testing Technologies PXI/PXIe Inserts
The Advanced Testing Technologies PXI Insert allows the user to easily incorporate PXI/PXIe instruments into an existing VXI chassis.

NI PXIe-1095 Chassis with 58 W Power and Cooling per Slot

The PXIe-1095 chassis offers 58 W of power and cooling in every slot, 50 percent higher than all previous NI PXI Express chassis.


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