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The NI PXIe-7975R FPGA module features a digital signal processing (DSP)-focused Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA and 2 GB/s of onboard DDR3 DRAM. This FPGA incorporates 1,540 DSP slices, which you can use to implement digital filters, custom signal processing, and fast Fourier transform (FFT) logic, all of which are commonly found on analog FPGA-based instruments.Read More
The NI PXIe-5186 digitizer, co-developed by National Instruments and Tektronix, delivers a new level of performance in the small-form-factor, low-power PXI platform. Tektronix technology provides the trusted measurement fidelity of Tektronix oscilloscopes. The digital back end uses NI synchronization and memory core (SMC) technology to deliver high-data throughput at rates greater than 700 MB/s.Read More
National Instruments announced an integrated software defined radio solution for rapidly prototyping high-performance, multichannel wireless communication systems. The NI USRP RIO platform is built on the NI LabVIEW RIO architecture and combines a high-performance 2 x 2 multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) RF transceiver capable of transmitting and receiving signals from 50 MHz to 6 GHz with an open LabVIEW programmable FPGA architecture.Read More
National Instruments announced that it is the first vendor to execute a Manufacturing Test License (MTL) agreement with Broadcom Corp. The MTL agreement authorizes NI to provide manufacturing test solutions and modifiable application source code to Broadcom® wireless LAN and Bluetooth device customers.Read More
National Instruments released NI Trend Watch 2014, which summarizes the latest technology trends to help engineers meet evolving demands and integrate the ever-increasing power of technology into their work. The inaugural report examines a range of topics — from cyber-physical systems to the “SDR-ification” of RF instruments.Read More
National Instruments, a leader in test and measurement, data acquisition and computer automation, is collaborating with several top researchers focused on RF and wireless communications research—specifically fifth generation (5G) wireless communications. The proliferation of smart devices has led to a wireless spectrum shortage, which means researchers are seeking new ways to alleviate the bandwidth crunch and increase network data capacity. Market analysts predict that spectrum demand in the U.S. will outstrip capacity by 2017.Read More
Phase Matrix Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of National Instruments, participated in the demonstration of the world's first 100 GHz real-time oscilloscope. The integrated microwave assembly designed by Phase Matrix for the demonstration is a broadband downconverter, which allows the successful acquisitioning and displaying of live signals at 100 GHz bandwidth.Read More
National Instruments announced the promotion of Eric Starkloff to senior vice president of marketing. Starkloff leads the organizations responsible for strategic planning, positioning the company’s innovative hardware and software platforms, marketing NI’s products and corporate brand, and creating an effective eBusiness platform.Read More
National Instruments announced 10 pieces of new application IP that enable engineers and scientists to use NI LabVIEW system design software to build their own custom RF instruments. This IP integrates with PXI FPGA targets such as the NI PXIe-5644R VST and extends their default capabilities.Read More
National Instruments announced the NI PXIe-5162 digitizer and updates to the LabVIEW Jitter Analysis Toolkit. The digitizer provides high-speed measurements at four times the vertical resolution of a traditional 8-bit oscilloscope.Read More
National Instruments announced its acquisition of Dresden, Germany-based Signalion GmbH. The acquisition delivers strong wireless communications talent and technologies to the NI platform, which are critical to NI’s goal to continue to drive long term growth in the communications test industry.Read More
National Instruments released its Automated Test Outlook 2013 highlighting the company’s research into the latest test and measurement technologies and methodologies. The report examines trends affecting a variety of industries.Read More
EDI CON 2013 (March 12-14, Beijing, China), the industry-driven event for RF, microwave and high speed digital electronic design announces the recent addition of several leading RFIC, component and material manufacturers, semiconductor foundries, EDA software and test equipment/solution providers as participants in the technical program and exhibition. As solution providers in high frequency electronic design and system integration, experts from these companies will offer attendees the latest information on the technology used in today’s communications and aerospace industries.Read More
In-depth recollection of our current state for motivating wireless communications and sketches a vision of our 5G futureRead More
The MILCOM management and sponsors made a wise decision to cancel the event this year as most of the east coast was pretty much closed down from hurricane Sandy. Everyone I know in New England down to the Mid-Atlantic found out over the weekend that their flights were cancelled. It was a good move and addressed any safety concerns of people trying to get there. MILCOM even analyzed their attendee list and determined that approximately 40% of them would be affected by the storm so decided to cancel. I applaud them for taking this action and promoting it quickly to the attendees. Even though the show was cancelled, there was still a lot of company news and products that I received for the event so here is a summary of the show that did not happen from an RF/microwave perspective.Read More
Description of a spectrum monitoring receiver optimized for over-the-air measurementsRead More
Introduction to the vector signal transceiver that combines a vector signal analyzer, a vector signal generator and a high speed digital I/ORead More
Eric Starkloff, Vice President of Marketing for Test and Embedded at National Instruments, talks about the company's development of new RF/microwave products and its push into the RF design realm via AWR's Microwave Office.
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RF transmitters are an essential part of modern communications. Designed and assembled from core RF components, RF transmitters have many different forms and applications. We often think of RF transmitters in wireless communications, but the concept applies equally to wired applications such as cable television.Download
National Instruments is leading the way in providing more open and flexible measurement devices based on field-programmable gate array (FPGA) technology. Learn how you can use NI LabVIEW FPGA to design and customize your RF instrumentation, and discover the advantages software-designed instrumentation can provide in your test systems.
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Request your free copy of the NI RF and microwave poster, a comprehensive reference chart of the latest wireless standards, conversion tables, and formulas.
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The modern breed of test engineers is already using intuitive new technologies to reduce space and decrease test and development time all in a reduced budget. National Instruments is helping test engineers address these challenges with user-programmable FPGA-based instrumentation. Learn more about the benefits of using an open field-programmable gate array (FPGA) for 802.11ac testing specifically.
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Software-defined RF test system architectures have become increasingly popular over the past several decades. Almost every commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) automated RF test system today uses application software to communicate through a bus interface to the instrument. As RF applications become more complex, engineers are continuously challenged with the dilemma of increasing functionality without increasing test times, and ultimately test cost. While improvements in test measurement algorithms, bus speeds, and CPU speeds have reduced test times, further improvements are necessary to address the continued increase in the complexity of RF test applications.Download
National Instruments has redefined the traditional approach by combining PXI hardware and NI LabVIEW system design software, leveraging commercial technologies such as multicore microprocessors, user-programmable FPGAs, PCI Express hardware, and system design software to meet the flexibility and scalability demand for future high-frequency test and measurement applications.Download
This paper discusses the setup details for the demo shown in this video Head to Head: NI 5665 vs. Traditional Boxed Instruments. The demo compares the performance and speed of the NI PXIe-5665 with the Agilent PXA. Rather than comparing the datasheet specifications of both instruments, this video compares the two instruments while performing real- world test scenarios.Download
Signals intelligence describes a broad range of applications ranging from communications jamming to identification of interference or pirating signals. While this paper discusses many of the specific needs for each application, it primarily focuses on the techniques required to analyze intermittent or "bursty" RF signals.Download
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