PXI nears two decades of success as a modular test-and-measurement platform

PXI is nearing the completion of two decades of success as a modular test-and-measurement platform. The technology was under development in 1997 and the PXI Systems Alliance was founded in 1998, with products subsequently reaching the market. Today, PXI products are available from dozens of companies spanning applications ranging from audio test to vision/image acquisition.

The May 2017 issue of EE-Evaluation Engineering will include a staff-written feature article on PXI, covering its history—and more important its present and future. That innovation is continuing is indicated by PXI products introduced thus far in 2017, including PXIe AWGs and digitizers from Astronics Test Systems, a 14-bit digitizer with 10-GS/s sampling rate from SP Devices, and a PXIe module with Xilinx SoC from Innovative Integration.

We would like to hear from you. If you use PXI systems tell us about your experiences—how the technology works for you and what you would like to see in the future.

If you manufacture PXI modules, chassis, or interconnect, please take a few minutes to respond to one or more of the questions below:

  1. When did your company first become involved in PXI, or when did it become a significant focus?
  2. What do you see as key benefits of the PXI architecture?
  3. What classes of modules and complementary hardware (for example, DMM, signal analyzer, digitizer, chassis, interconnect) do you offer?
  4. Could you describe one or more recently introduced PXI-related products, and describe the unique features? (Alternatively, just send relevant press releases or data sheets.)
  5. Are there any particular applications areas (for example, data acquisition, 5G research) that the products mentioned in question 4 serve?
  6. What software do you offer to support PXI applications?

Please send your comments to rnelson@evaluationengineering.com or leave a comment below. We need to receive your replies by February 24. Thanks for your help.

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