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LXI Conference – Singapore 2014

May 21, 2014

Hosted by Rohde & Schwarz
Sponsored by the LXI Consortium and the IVI Foundation

The LXI Consortium and the IVI Foundation are sponsoring a conference on the LXI and IVI standards for test engineering professionals. The event will have a technical conference of presentations from leading LXI vendors, an IVI instrument driver fundamentals course, and a table-top trade show of the latest LXI products. The audience for the conference would be test engineers and managers designing test systems, test system integrators, and university professors and students. During the conference, attendees will gain an understanding of the standards and the benefits to their test strategies. To register, go to http://lxistandard.asia.

Why you should go:


Vision for the LXI Reference Design

By Steve Schink, President of the LXI Consortium

The LXI Consortium will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the LXI Standard in 2015.  We have had unprecedented Test and Measurement (T&M) industry success with the development and adoption of the LXI (LAN eXtensions for Instrumentation) Standard. Today, we have 53 of the top T&M companies sponsoring and developing this technology, and 2593 LXI conformant products in 259 product families.

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.  LAN is ubiquitous, it is used everywhere, and the T&M applications and instrument systems taking advantage of network connectivity and communication are growing rapidly. Global adoption and utilization of the LXI Standard by instrument vendors will help to provide a lower cost, consistent, predictable and multi-vendor interoperable experience for our customers building network-based T&M test systems.


LXI Reference Design and Implementation:
A Technical Overview

By Peter Plazotta
Founder and Geschäftsführer Dipl. Ing.(FH) of TSEP

The LXI Consortium is about to launch a reference design and implementation of the LXI Standard as described in the LXI Device Specification 2011, rev. 1.4. The reference design and implementation will be done by a contractor, the German company TSEP (Technische Software Entwicklung Plazotta).

The main goals of this project are:

  • To make it easier for vendors to make their devices LXI-compliant
  • To make it easier for vendors to keep their devices LXI-compliant (after a revision in the LXI specifications)
  • To provide a basic design and implementation that vendors can use as a foundation for their own designs
  • To clarify the LXI Device Specification Standard

The LXI Reference Design and Implementation is based on a broad set of requirements, because it will be used for a wide variety of product families. To summarize, the main requirements are:

  • Minimal usage of third party software
    • If third party software is used, it must be licensed free of charge
  • Implemented in "light-weight" C++ to empower vendors of low-end devices
  • Platform independent:
    • Will be implemented for Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit, Linux  i386 and Linux ARM
    • Encapsulation of operating system functions, such as
      • Threads and thread synchronisation
      • File I/O
      • Inter-process communication
      • Memory allocation
      • LAN adapters and their configuration


Thanks to all our readers.
Bob Helsel, Editor

LXI Consortium


New LXI Products

The LXI Consortium has certified more than 2594 instruments in over 259 product families since the specifications were first released in September 2005. Some of the recent LXI product introductions are highlighted below:

Tektronix MDO 3000 Mixed Domain Scope Series

Agilent Function /AWG 336xx

Kikusui Electonics PMX Series DC Power Supplies

Thurlby Thandar Instruments CPX Power Supplies

AMETEK Programmable Power XPF Power Supplies

Rohde & Schwarz FSW Signal & Spectrum Analyzer

VTI Instruments EMX-2500 LXI-PXI Controller

Keithley Model 2450 Interactive Touchscreen Source Measure Unit

Matsusada Precision DC Power Supplies

Pickering 60-102B and 60-103B LXI Modular Chassis

Rigol DS1000Z Series Oscilloscopes

Hitech HTLX3730A: LXI 100MSPS Arbitrary Waveform Generator

Spectrum Digitizer DN2.4xx


LXI Links

Rohde & Schwarz Hosts the LXI Conference in Singapore

LXI Consortium and TSE Plazotta Developing an LXI Reference Design

LXI Conference - Singapore May 21, 2014 - Invitation


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