NI announces high-speed, high-resolution, high-voltage scope

Oct. 26, 2016

Austin, TX. NI today announced the PXIe-5164 oscilloscope. The PXIe-5164 is built on the open, modular PXI architecture and includes a user-programmable FPGA to support aerospace/defense, semiconductor, and research/physics applications that require high-voltage measurements and high levels of amplitude accuracy.

“PXI oscilloscopes from NI reduce test time, increase channel density, and now, deliver even better measurement flexibility with the combination of high bandwidth, resolution, and input voltage,” said Steve Warntjes, vice president of R&D at NI. “Our new PXIe-5164 oscilloscope can make some measurements that box instruments today just can’t handle. If you want to measure a high-voltage signal of up to 100 Vpp at up to 1 GS/s, you can now use the same instrument to see small signal details that would normally be hidden by the noise of the instrument thanks to the 14-bit ADC.”

The PXIe-5164 features

  • two 14-bit channels sampled at 1 GS/s with 400-MHz bandwidth;
  • two category II-rated channels with voltage input range to 100 Vpp with programmable offsets allowing measurements up to ± 250 V;
  • up to 34 channels to build parallel, high-channel-count systems in a compact form factor in a single PXI chassis;
  • a 3.2-GB/s streaming data rate enabled by eight lanes of PCI Express Gen 2 bus communication; and
  • a Xilinx Kintex-7 410 FPGA to create custom IP, including filtering or triggering, programmed through LabVIEW.

The PXI oscilloscopes deliver the ease of use expected from a box oscilloscope. Engineers can use the interactive soft front panels in NI-SCOPE software to make basic measurements, debug automated applications, or view the scope data while the test program runs. The driver includes help files, documentation, and ready-to-run sample programs to assist in test-code development; a programming interface works with a variety of development environments such as C, Microsoft .NET, and LabVIEW system design software. Engineers can also use PXI oscilloscopes with TestStand test-management software, which simplifies the creation and deployment of test systems in the lab or on the production floor.

PXI oscilloscopes are an important part of the NI platform and ecosystem that engineers can use to build smarter test systems. These test systems benefit from more than 600 PXI products ranging from DC to mmWave and feature high-throughput data movement using PCI Express bus interfaces and sub-nanosecond synchronization with integrated timing and triggering. Supported by an ecosystem of partners, add-on IP, and applications engineers, the NI platform helps to lower the cost of test, reduce time to market, and future-proof testers for tomorrow’s challenging requirements.

A white paper explores ways to reduce cost of test and build a smarter test system with PXI oscilloscopes.

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