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LXI Overview at AUTOTESTCON 2016

Submitted by LXI Consortium

  • LAN eXtensions for Instrumentation (LXI)
  • LXI Consortium incorporated Sept. 2004
    • LXI Standard, Rev. 1.0 released Sept. 2005
    • First LXI Conformant products in Dec. 2005
  • Role of LXI Consortium
    • To develop, maintain, and promote the LXI Standard worldwide.
    • Maintains a conformance process
    • LXI instruments meet LXI Standard
    • Ensures interoperability (with LXI instruments & other platforms)
    • To promote the standard, the consortium has created a branding program for LXI as a registered trademark worldwide
    • Educate users and members on the LXI Standard and it's applications
    • Maintains backward compatibility
    • “Future-proofs” the LXI Standard



IVI Web Forum Question and Answer:
Adapters - which directions are available and planned?

Answered by Kirk Fertitta, Pacific Mindworks
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.

Adapters - which directions are available and planned?

If i understand it correctly when using C++: 1. then i can use only IVI-C drivers. 2. when installing the COM-adapter then i can also use IVI-COM drivers 3. there is an .Net-adapter in production for making it possible in future to also use IVI-NET drivers 4. All other directions are not possible (COM -> C, COM - >.NET, NET->C, NET->COM).

No, you can use IVI-COM drivers in C++ perfectly fine. You do not need the IVI-COM adapter. That is specifically for the where you have an NI tool that requires and IVI-C driver and you only have an IVI-COM driver. It's really an adapter for their tooling -- nothing more.

I'm not certain if there is a .NET adapter in production or not from NI. None of the other "directions" you mention actually make sense because all NI is trying to do is adapter a non-IVI-C driver to IVI-C, which their tools know how to load via the IVI-C class drivers. So, there are only directions that are even possible -- 1) the IVI-COM adapter which already exists, and 2) an IVI.NET adapter which perhaps NI will offer.

Hope this helps.


LXI and Modular Instruments

By Steve Schink, Keysight Technologies

Customer Benefits of Combining LXI & Modular Instruments


  1. Remote / distributed
  2. Web access / control
  3. Compatibility / interoperability
  4. Easy setup / config
  5. Simplified programming
  6. Cost savings
  7. High performance


  1. Speed/performance
  2. Open Solutions
  3. Custom Solutions
  4. Choices
  5. Scalable
  6. Size reductions/reduced footprint
  7. Cost savings


Thanks to all our readers.
Bob Helsel, Editor

Use the connection you already know!

New LXI Products

The LXI Consortium has certified more than 3568 instruments in over 303 product families since the specifications were first released in September 2005. Some of the recent LXI product introductions are highlighted below:

CHYNG HONG ELECTRONIC Co. Ltd. DSPWr Series Power Supplies
Wide Range Programmable DC Power Supply(CV , CC , CP)
Wide range output, programmable voltage, current and power.
- 3U height, output voltage from 0~80V up to 0~1500V, output current from 0~30A up to 0~540A.

Good Will Instrument GSP-93xx Spectrum Analyzers
GSP-9300 is a light, compact and high C/P ratio 3GHz spectrum analyzer. The GSP-9300 frequency range stretches from 9kHz to 3GHz and features many functions such as radio frequency and power measurement, 2FSK digital communications analysis, EMC pretest, and active component P1 dB point measurement.

Tektronix TBS2xxx Oscilloscopes
With a 9-inch WVGA display, 20 million point record length and 1 GS/s sample rate, TBS2000 Series Oscilloscopes capture and display significantly more signal to help you evaluate designs faster.

Keysight Technologies U20xx Power Sensors
Keysight power meters operate with sensors of various types (CW, average and peak and average), covering numerous frequency and power ranges to accurately measure the power of RF and microwave signals.

R&S®FSVR Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer
The R&S®FSVR combines a full-featured signal and spectrum analyzer with a real-time spectrum analyzer. In real-time operation, the R&S®FSVR seamlessly measures and displays the spectrum in the time domain with a span of up to 40 MHz. 

Pacific Power Source AFX Series programmable AC, DC & AC+DC
AFX models are available in power levels ranging from 9kVA to 60kVA. All models are based on a proprietary, all-digital, power conversion technology platform that supports a set of formerly unavailable features and capabilities used in programmable power sources. 

Pickering Interfaces LXI Modular Matrix Chassis
The modular matrix chassis offers you a solution that can be easily re-configured by the insertion and removal of sub-cards. It is purchased as an empty chassis with a quantity of sub-cards required for a particular matrix size. 


LXI Consortium Exceeds 3,500 Certified LXI Products

Today, the LXI Consortium is proud to announce that it has certified 3,568 LXI products from 41 vendors in 303 different product families. The conformance program in the consortium is one of the most rigorous among standards organizations in the T&M market.  The LXI Standard requires all instruments to pass conformance testing before they can display an LXI logo.

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