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LXI Reference Design V 1.0

Submitted by TSE Plazotta

We proudly announce that the testing phase of LXI Reference Design has been finished by the end of 2015. During the year 2015, the completed code was modified and refined, as feedback was given by the members of the LXI Consortium. After this process, the LXI Reference Design was given over to testing where all tests have been passed successfully. The documents for the LXI Reference Design have been modified and completed for the launch of version 1.0. Meanwhile work was started on the LXI Standard 1.5, which is currently in the review phase.

Now, at the beginning of 2016, we are glad to be able to launch the LXI Reference Design Version 1.0. At this point, it is now up to the LXI members to use the LXI Reference Design, we are pretty curious about the upcoming feedback from the LXI members.


The LXI Consortium Today and Future Directions

Steve Schink
, LXI Consortium President,
Keysight Technologies

The LXI Consortium has been in existence for over 10 years, and we have had unprecedented Test and Measurement (T&M) industry success with the development and adoption of the LXI (LAN eXtensions for Instrumentation) Standard. 

Our vision for the future of the LXI Consortium is to maintain and expand the global adoption and utilization of the LXI standard by T&M instrument vendors and their customers.  Global adoption and utilization of the LXI standard by instrument vendors will ensure a lower-cost, consistent, predictable and multi-vendor interoperable experience for our customers building network-based T&M test systems.

Recently, the LXI Consortium Released the LXI Reference Design official 1.0 version for use by the LXI membership.  We are excited to be offering our current and future members what we believe is a T&M industry first, the source code and support for LXI Consortium members to implement the LXI Standard!

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LXI Consortium Working on new LXI 1.5 Standard
for Final Review in Munich

David Owen, LXI Technical Committee Chairman

The LXI Specification is currently at Version 1.4, but a number of issues have surfaced since that release (including the creation of the LXI Reference Design), requiring the creation of Version 1.5 of the LXI Standard.  For the most part, the proposed changes involve re-organizing the specification and deprecating or changing Rules. The main purpose and goal is for simplification of the specification for future enhancements and to improve the overall LXI Conformance process. 

There were no easy solutions in trying to accomplish this task, so an initial draft was prepared for review at the San Diego meeting in February 2016.  At that meeting, members spent a lot of time reviewing the new proposed documentation structure. Attending members walked through the entire specification and came to an agreement on new proposed changes.  Here is a summary of technical changes to the LXI Specification:
  • Main LXI Device Specification now consists of core or common capabilities of all LXI Devices.
  • Optional advanced features are now in separate Extended Function documents.
  • VXI-11 LAN Discovery is no longer a requirement and has moved to an Extended Function.
  • Rules and Recommendations concerning safety, environmental, and mechanical (rack) standards are deprecated.
  • Any material deemed informative such as example Web pages, example xml identification files, glossary, etc. have been moved to a living document that can be updated without membership voting.



Thanks to all our readers.
Bob Helsel, Editor

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LXI Consortium Releases the LXI Reference Design


New LXI Products

The LXI Consortium has certified more than 2789 instruments in over 293 product families since the specifications were first released in September 2005. Some of the recent LXI product introductions are highlighted below:

Tektronix MDO4000C Mixed Domain Oscilloscope
6–in–1 Versatility PLUS High Performance in One Powerful Oscilloscope
The new MDO4000C includes up to six built-in instruments, each with exceptional performance to address tough challenges.

Keithley 2281S-20-6 Precision DC Supply and Battery Simulator, 20V, 6A
The Series 2281S Battery Simulator and Precision DC Power Supply innovatively integrates battery simulation with the functions of a high-precision power supply and battery testing.

Keysight N8937APV Photovoltaic Array Simulator, 1500 VDC, 208 VAC
The Keysight N8937APV Photovoltaic (PV) Array Simulator enables you to develop, verify and optimize the performance of your inverter maximum power point tracking algorithms.

R&S®FPS Signal and Spectrum Analyzer
The R&S®FPS is an exceptionally fast and compact signal and spectrum analyzer for performance oriented users. In production and in monitoring systems, only 2 HU of rack space are required – a reduction of 50 % compared with traditional instruments.

Pickering Interfaces New High-Density Switching Matrix (model 60-553)
This new matrix is a 1024x4 dual bus 1-pole matrix in a compact 1U full rack width enclosure. The product has been designed specifically to support high relay closure counts to optimize its use with a digital multimeter (DMM) or source meter for checking for insulation problems between a single contact and all other contacts in the unit under test (UUT), requiring the closure of up to 1024 crosspoint relays.

VTI Instruments RX0124
The RX0124 is part of VTI's RX series family of rugged instruments with built in sensor signal conditioning. The RX0124 is designed to address all strain/bridge measurement requirements for use in a harsh test cell environment.

HiTech HTLX2920 16-channel High Power Switch Module
HTLX2920 is an LXI-based 16-channel BASE-CALSS high power switch module which is composed of 16 high power SPST (Single Pole Single Throw) switches.



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