NI launches ‘industry’s highest performance’ PXI digitiser

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National Instruments has released what it claims to be the industry's highest bandwidth PXI digitiser. Co developed with Tektronix, the PXIe-5186 is based on the IBM 7HP SiGe process and is optimised to achieve up to 5GHz bandwidth and 12.5 GS/s sample rates.

The company also announced the introduction of the PXIe-5185, designed to provide 3GHz bandwidth as well as 12.5GS/s sample rates. Both digitisers feature NI's proprietary technology and Tektronix's Enabling Technology. NI says they are ideal for applications such as automated production test, semiconductor ATE and high energy physics measurement systems. "We are excited about our work with Tektronix to jointly develop a product that combines the strengths of both companies," said Dr James Truchard, president, ceo and co founder of National Instruments. "These new digitisers further demonstrate the impact of Moore's Law on test applications, bringing higher performance to smaller footprints such as PXI." Designed for the 3U PXI Express platform, Dr Truchard says the digitisers can stream at rates as fast as 700 MB/s and synchronise channels on multiple modules to within 160ps resolution. In addition, they work with NI LabVIEW graphical design software for instrument control and automation, the NI LabWindows/CVI ANSI C software development environment and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET development tools for a range of programming options.