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LXI Reference Design is "Code Complete"

By Peter Plazotta, Geschäftsführer Dipl. Ing., TSEP

We proudly announce that the implementation phase of the LXI Reference Design was finished at the end of 2014. The project had started at the beginning of the year with a collection and consolidation of the requirements. As soon as the requirements had been affirmed by LXI Consortium Technical Committee, it was our job to design the software packages. In mid-2014 we started the implementation. At the Washington LXI Plug Fest in October all LXI members were invited to discuss the Reference Design and to contribute to design details.
Now, at the end of 2014, we are glad that we have reached the Code Complete milestone.


Converting an LXI Instrument
to a Wi-Fi Enabled Instrument


Submitted by Keysight Technologies
(From General Purpose Electonic Test Equipment blog)

This will be a useful post, I'm going to show you how to easily convert your LXI enabled instrument into a Wi-Fi enabled instrument using an inexpensive travel router. The newer travel routers are very power efficient and can run from a USB port. If you have an instrument with both LXI and USB (like a 34972A), you can run a Wi-Fi router with only two cables; the USB power cable, and LAN cable from the router to the instrument. As usual, I have made a video that helps to describe the connections and how to setup your travel router and LXI instrument.

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LXI Data-Acquisition System for Wind Tunnel Testing

Submitted by Bustec

Wind tunnel facilities provide the equipment and expertise to develop and conduct tests used to characterize the aerodynamic and propulsion parameters of aircraft and vehicles. The S10 wind tunnel testing facility at the Institute Aérotechnique of the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in France, was designed for full-scale automobile tests but has been modified several times to be adapted to other fields of studies.



IVI Web Forum Question and Answer


Answered by National Instruments
for the IVI Web Forum

Note:  Offering an IVI driver is a requirement for all LXI-conformant instruments.  The IVI Web Forum is hosted by the IVI Foundation.  You can sign up at www.ivifoundation.org.


If my instrument has both IVI-C and IVI-COM drivers available for it, how do I decide which one to use and on what basis?


IVI drivers provide IVI-C or IVI-COM APIs to support a variety of development environments and programming languages. If you have both IVI-C and IVI-COM drivers available for the same instrument, you should choose which type of driver to use based on your preferred development environment. It is easiest to use an interface that is native to that environment.



Thanks to all our readers.
Bob Helsel, Editor


New LXI Products

The LXI Consortium has certified more than 2624 instruments in over 266 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):

Keysight B2987A Electrometer/High Resistance Meter
World’s only graphical electrometer that allows you to confidently measure small currents with 0.01 fA (0.01 x 10-15 A) resolution and large resistances of up to 10 PΩ (10 x 1015 Ω).

TTI MX Series - Multi-output compact power supplies for bench or system
315 watts triple outputs with range switching - USB, RS232, GPIB & LAN interfaces (LXI compliant)

Keithley Model 2280S-32-6 Precision Measurement DC Power Supply, 32V, 6A
The Series 2280S Precision Measurement, Low Noise, Programmable DC Power Supplies can source stable, low noise voltages as well as monitor load currents over a wide dynamic range from amps to nanoamps.

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)

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

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.


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