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HiSLIP for Fast Remote Control of LXI Instruments

Ethernet is an inexpensive and readily available technology for quickly transferring large amounts of data via the LAN. LAN eXtensions for Instrumentation (LXI) is the standard for Ethernet control of instrumentation. LXI is an open, accessible standard based upon Ethernet that identifies specifications and solutions related to the functional test, measurement and data acquisition industries.

LXI instruments connect via the LAN to a common network that uses the TCP/IP network protocol (refer to figure 1). VISA is the standard I/O interface for communicating with LAN-connected instruments from application software running on a controller such as a PC.


Figure 1. Communication Interfaces to LXI Devices



802.11ac Simulation, Design and Test with LXI Instruments


By Richard Soden, Application Development Engineer
Agilent Technologies

The number of wireless devices available on the market is exploding and in consequence, so is the number of users, with many people carrying multiple wireless devices such as a cellphone, laptop or tablet. In fact, Cisco’s visual network index (VNI) forecast* predicts that by the end of 2013, the number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the number of people on earth!

Consumers are using their wireless devices to do much more than make phone calls including surfing the Internet, sharing photos, watching live streaming video and playing 3D games. These, plus countless other media-rich applications, are pushing current bandwidth availability to its limits and driving the need for the rapid deployment of new wireless technologies such as 802.11ac.

While most people have probably heard of 802.11a/b/g/n, all of which are protocols for the 802.11 wireless networking standard, 802.11ac is still in its infancy and promises many performance advantages over prior Wi-Fi technology.


* Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2012–2017

Introduction to an LXI Reference Design

What is a Reference Design?

A  technical blueprint of a system that is intended for others to copy.


  • More LXI inside instruments and more LXI instruments… more features beyond core – ‘complete adoption’..allows ease of communicating around the extended features
  • Emerging new technologies could adopt LXI more easily with the Reference Design at the early stage of the technical adoption life cycle
  • Speed to market, productivity gain, cost savings, removes complexity
  • Easier for the LXI Consortium to maintain and extend the standard and for members to adopt the changes 
  • Provides a full adoption of LXI standard and extended functions

The LXI Consortium has started an LXI Reference Design Working Group, and we are in the process of investigating and possibly implementing such a design.

For more updates on this exciting development, look to the future issues of the LXI Newsletter in 2014.


Thanks to all our readers.
Bob Helsel, Editor

LXI Consortium


New LXI Products

The LXI Consortium has certified more than 2536 instruments in over 250 product families since the specifications were first released in September 2005. Some of the recent LXI product introductions are highlighted below (in order of submission):

Rohde & Schwarz FSW Signal & Spectrum Analyzer
Frequency range from 2 Hz to 8/13.6/26.5/43.5/50/67 GHz (with external harmonic mixers from Rohde & Schwarz up to 110 GHz)

Agilent PNA Network Analyzers,
300 kHz to 1.1 THz

Reach for unrivaled excellence
When you’re characterizing active devices, the right mix of speed and performance gives you an edge.

VTI Instruments EMX-2500 LXI-PXI Controller
- Industry's first gigabit Ethernet Remote controller for PXI express mainframes
- Up to 100 MB/s sustained throughput

Keithley Model 2450 Interactive Touchscreen Source Measure Unit
World’s First Interactive Touchscreen Source Measure Unit Instrument

Matsusada Precision DC Power Supplies
Half Rack Size; 600 - 780W; 2.4 kW; 3.4 kW - 5.2 kW; 10 kW - 15 kW

Pickering 60-102B and 60-103B LXI Modular Chassis
The 60-102B and 60-103B Chassis increase the Ethernet interface speed to 1Gb from 100Mb and adds an IP display that shows the Chassis IP address.

Rigol DS1000Z Series Oscilloscopes
70-100 MHz 4 channel deep memory oscilloscopes with optional integrated 2 channel waveform generator

Hitech HTLX3730A: LXI 100MSPS Arbitrary Waveform Generator
The HTLX3730A is a 100Ms/s arbitrary waveform generator featuring 43MHz maximum output rate (sine) and up to 256MB of onboard memory.

Spectrum Digitizer DN2.4xx
The digitizerNETBOX DN2.46x series allows recording of one, two, four, eight or 16 synchronous channels with sampling rates of 200 kS/s up to 3 MS/s.

Tektronix AWG AWG70000A
The need for high-performance arbitrary waveform generation is broad and spans a wide array of applications. The industry-leading AWG70000A Series arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) represents the cutting edge in performance, sample rate, signal fidelity, and waveform memory.


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