NI Releases Low-Cost 100 MS/s PXI and PCI Arbitrary Waveform Generator

  • February 15, 2005
  • National Instruments Corporation
  • News
NEWS RELEASE – Feb. 15, 2005 – National Instruments today released a new low-cost, 100 MS/s, 14-bit arbitrary waveform generator for PXI and PCI, expanding its line of signal generators that includes the 100 MS/s, 16-bit NI 5421 and the 200 MS/s, 16-bit PXI-5422 arbitrary waveform generator modules. Designed as a general-purpose electrical stimulus, the new device is ideal for a variety of measurement applications in consumer electronics, military, aerospace, semiconductor and medical device test.The new NI 5412 signal generator is built on the NI Synchronization and Memory Core (SMC) architecture for tight synchronization with other NI SMC-based products such as high-speed digitizers and digital waveform generator/analyzers. This gives the device multiple instrument synchronization capability with module-to-module skew of less than 20 ps; deep, flexible onboard memory; and data streaming up to 100 MB/s. The device also offers up to 8x interpolation to ensure an effective sample rate up to 400 MS/s, which improves the spectral quality of the output signal.An NI SMC-based signal generator has the unique capability to store multiple sequences and their associated waveforms in the generator’s onboard memory. In automated test applications involving multiple tests, each requiring a different waveform sequence, engineers can download all of the sequences and waveforms once at the beginning of the test cycle to hold them in the generator’s memory for the entire session. By downloading all required waveforms and sequences once, instead of repeatedly reloading them for each test, the SMC-based generators save test time and improve test throughput.The NI 5412 device includes the NI Analog Waveform Editor, a graphical tool for easily creating and editing waveforms to generate with the device. Engineers can control the device using NI LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI and Measurement Studio for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET application development environments as well as NI SignalExpress, a software tool for making interactive measurements. Programming interfaces for Microsoft Visual Basic, C++ .NET and C/C++ are also included.About NI Modular Instruments NI offers essential technologies for test, which combine high-performance hardware, flexible software and innovative timing and synchronization technology for test and design applications. NI modular instruments offer accurate, high-throughput measurements from DC to 2.7 GHz. The product family includes:
  • High-resolution digitizers (up to 14 bits, up to 200 MS/s)
  • Signal generators (up to 16 bits, 200 MS/s)
  • Digital waveform generator/analyzers (up to 200 MHz)
  • Digital multimeters (up to 6½ digits)
  • RF vector signal generators and analyzers (up to 2.7 GHz)
  • Dynamic signal analyzers (up to 24 bits, 204.8 kS/s)
  • Switching (multiplexers, matrices and general purpose)About National InstrumentsNational Instruments is a technology pioneer and leader in virtual instrumentation – a revolutionary concept that has changed the way engineers and scientists in industry, government and academia approach measurement and automation. Leveraging the PC and its related technologies, virtual instrumentation increases productivity and lowers costs through easy-to-integrate software, such as the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, and modular hardware, such as PXI modules for data acquisition, instrument control and machine vision. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,400 employees and direct operations in approximately 40 countries. In 2004, the company sold products to more than 25,000 companies in 90 countries. For the past six years, FORTUNE magazine named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America. For additional information on National Instruments, Contact National Instruments or visit their web site at

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