National Instruments is expanding the NI FlexRIO product family, built on FPGA-based reconfigurable I/O (RIO), to more than 20 modules. Six new adapter modules add I/O including digitiser, signal generation and IF and RF transceiver capabilities. Engineers can pair these NI FlexRIO adapter modules with user-programmable FPGAs to solve almost any test application, from real-time spectrum monitoring and RF modulation/demodulation to signal intelligence and RF communication protocol prototyping.
Because these modules benefit from the parallelism and dataflow programming of the NI LabVIEW RIO architecture, they can be easily targeted by engineers without VHDL or Verilog knowledge. The combination of NI FlexRIO, LabVIEW system design software and access to more than 600 NI PXI modular instruments gives engineers a commercial off-the-shelf product that can be customised using FPGA technology.
Charles Schroeder, Director of Test Systems at NI, says: “Our recent investments in user-programmable FPGA instrumentation, as illustrated not only through these new NI FlexRIO adapter modules but also with the NI PXIe-5645R vector signal transceiver, help demonstrate our empowering vision for redefining instrumentation. The NI FlexRIO platform, through the NI LabVIEW RIO architecture, enables customers to create some of the most powerful test, research and embedded systems.”
|NI FlexRIO Adapter Module||Applications|
|NI 5771 – 8-bit, 3 GS/s digitiser||Pulsing, light detection and ranging (LIDAR), high-resolution edge detection|
|NI 5772 – 12-bit, 1.6 GS/s digitiser adapter module||Broadband IF acquisition, real-time spectrum monitoring|
|NI 5782 – IF transceiver, NI 5791 – RF transceiver||Custom modulation and demodulation, bit error rate testing, signal intelligence (SIGINT), real-time spectrum analysis|
|AT-1120 – 14-bit, 2 GS/s signal generator, AT-1212 – 2-channel signal generator||RF communications protocol prototyping, RF record and playback, SIGINT, channel emulation|