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From Bob Helsel, Editor of the LXI Newsletter:

Welcome to the September issue of the LXI Newsletter!  Our goal is simple – to keep you aware of how LXI has made test system development easier.  By standardizing and extending LAN, LXI offers you new possibilities in test systems—local, remote, distributed, time-aware.  After all, it’s about your time.

In this issue, our main article is "Safety Considerations for Configuring LXI-based ATE Systems," which shows how LXI brings powerful timing and synchronization capabilities that are required by demanding test and data acquisition applications. " Our second article, "A Universal Cable Tester Based on the LXI Bus," shows how a universal tester can be used to integrate distributed cable testing systems based on the LXI bus.

In the new LXI products section, we highlight a selection of recently introduced instruments. We are proud to announce the first LXI IPv6 conformant instrument. In the New LXI Links section we connect you with the latest LXI news in YouTube, IPv6, our renovated website, and HiSLIP.

For more information, go to http://www.lxistandard.org.


Safety Considerations for Configuring
LXI-based ATE Systems

When IP Addresses Become Logical Addresses

William J Headrick
Lockheed Martin

Tom Sarfi
VTI Instruments

Abstract – LXI has become an increasingly popular instrumentation platform that is being used in many ATE system designs. It provides a simplified programming interface, a convenient LAN-based hardware architecture, and the precision synchronization and triggering required by many test applications. When multiple copies of an LXI instrument are used in a system, however, potential issues can arise if the instruments are swapped during troubleshooting. Technicians must manually reconfigure the instruments or update the system configuration file. Due to time constraints and shift changes, the technician may configure the system incorrectly, which can cause damage to the unit under test (UUT), especially if the instruments are power supplies. This paper will discuss an automated method for reconfiguring systems that significantly reduces the risk of UUT damage or risk to the operator.



A Universal Cable Tester Based on the LXI Bus

Shaanxi Hitech Electronic Co., Ltd

With the improvement of the industrial automation, the need of complicated multicore cables and harnesses is on the rise in fields such as aircrafts, satellites, ships, communications, vehicles, large-scale test systems, automated factories and so on. Meanwhile, problems of system or equipment malfunction caused by cable failures become more and more severe. Traditional testing and repairing of cables are mainly based on manual methods, which is inconvenient to test and difficult to operate, time-consuming, strenuous and inaccurate, and the test results often depends on test operators’ ability and working experience. The disadvantages of traditional methods are more obvious especially in testing of multicore cables.

In order to solve the above problems, Shaanxi Hitech Electronic Co., Ltd has developed the Universal Cable Tester using LXI technology based on the research of cable testers both home and abroad. The product has overcome the disadvantages of traditional cable testers in extension of functions and measuring points, and appears as an open structure multicore tester with high expansibility and flexible topology.


Thanks to all our readers.
Bob Helsel, Editor


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New LXI Products

The LXI Consortium has certified more than 1740 instruments in over 223 product families since the specifications were first released in 2005. Some of the recent LXI product introductions are highlighted below:

The First LXI IPv6 Conformant Instrument: Agilent B2900A Series of Precision Source/Measure Units
The B2901A/B2902A/B2911A/B2912A precision source/measure units (SMUs) are cost-effective source/measurement solutions offering superior performance and a best-in-class graphical user interface.

Agilent E4982A LCR Meter, 1 MHz to 3 GHz
The E4982A LCR Meter provides the best performance for the passive component manufacturing such as SMD inductors and EMI filters, where impedance testing at high frequencies (1 MHz to 3 GHz) is required. Not only for the manufacturing, the E4982A can also be utilized for R&D, quality assurance with the powerful functions such as list measurements.

Tektronix AWG7000 Arbitrary Waveform Generator
Uncompromised performance with ultimate flexibility. The AWG7000 Series Arbitrary Waveform Generators, with up to 24 GS/s and 10 Bit vertical resolution, deliver the industry's best signal stimulus solution for ever-increasing measurement challenges. This allows for easy generation of very complex signals, complete with controllable jitter, noise and other signal impairments.

Keithley’s Model 2651A High Power System SourceMeter®
Designed for characterizing high power electronics, providing the industry’s widest current range, which is critical for applications such as testing high brightness LEDs (HBLEDs), power semiconductors, DC-DC converters, etc.

Rigol Technologies DS4000 Digital Oscilloscopes
Versatile, high performance oscilloscopes featuring bandwidths between 100MHz and 500MHz, sample rates up to 4GSa/s, and up to 4 analog channels.



New LXI Links

Get the latest news on LXI supporting IPv6 and HiSLIP, and find out what an "LXI Plug Fest" is really like from an R&S perspective. Click on New LXI videos on our own LXI channel on YouTube.

Click on these links to get the latest news:

The LXI Consortium Launches New Website

(Sept. 6, 2012)

LXI Consortium Announces Adoption of IPv6 Extended Function

(July 18, 2012)

LXI Primer (Aug 2012)


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