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From Bob Helsel, Editor of the LXI Newsletter:

Welcome to the October 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, Introducing LXI to Your IT Department explains the reasons why IT needs to understand and feel comfortable with your test system. Our second article, Functional Test Development Accelerated With an LXI Open Test Platform, shows how to save development time and reduce costs by using an LXI open test platform for functional test.

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


Introducing LXI to Your IT Department

Early inquiry with those in-the-know can save you time and money.

By Simon Appleby – Pickering Interfaces

Should IT be involved in your new Test System?
As you build new or upgrade existing test systems, there are several items you normally consider such as; budget, space and time frames. With the addition of LXI-based instruments to your test arsenal, you have a new factor to consider – your network. LAN connectivity is likely under the reign of any company’s IT department. Any device that has an RJ-45 connection and plugs into the company network comes under their scrutiny.

A little advance planning and getting IT involved early in the process can smooth your integration plans. In this paper, we explain the reasons why IT needs to understand and feel comfortable with your test system.


Functional Test Development Accelerated
With an LXI Open Test Platform

by Roland Blaschke
LXinstruments GmbH

Functional test systems are not “off-the-shelf.” Engineers need a lot of experience and face a time-consuming job, when a functional test sytem is to be developed, deployed and customized to the very bitter end. Is this really true?

Functional test systems aren’t off-the-shelf. Due to customer-specific needs in addition to DUT-specific needs you have only two choices — commission a fully customized solution or define a huge and typically oversized standard system. For engineers the development and deployment of a functional test sytem is very time consuming. But this is over now.
Now with the LXI-based open test platform from LXinstruments there is a third and new option. You can use the LXI open test platform as the standardized core of your functional test system and build your own unique capabilities around it. Ethernet is a common standard for instrument control and the foundation of the LXI (LAN eXtensions for Instrumentation) standard. LXI systems are low cost, easy to implement and – with ever-increasing LAN data rates – approach or exceed the throughput of traditional backplane architectures.


Thanks to all our readers.
Bob Helsel, Editor


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New LXI Products

The LXI Consortium has certified more than 1760 instruments in over 260 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.



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