Wireless technology is now second nature to most people. Only a few years ago, wireless technology involved systems that were relatively slow with low bandwidth, but these systems have now developed into 100Mb/s broadband streaming and 5G in the pipeline for mobile devices.
If you currently have a test system with PXI products manufactured by National Instruments, then you should buy spares today.
Academic study and research go hand in hand; it’s an area that is continuously pushing the boundaries and experimenting. The speed of innovation and progress, particularly over the past 100 years, has been phenomenal and shows no signs of slowing down.
Many products in the National Instruments PCI platform, also known as “Peripheral Component Interconnect,” are considered obsolete or mature because the newer, more advanced PCI Express platform has expanded upon PCI with upgraded features meant for newer computers. However, the NI PCI platform is suited for a variety of applications and industries, most notably for applications in the aerospace and defense industry. These applications include ATE systems and software, electromechanical systems test, embedded software test, communications, and navigation systems test, and radar, electronic warfare, and signals intelligence.
Defense procurement is a long-term process, particularly when looking at aircraft and avionics. Systems designed to fit the original airframe will be expected to be in service for many years, perhaps decades before they are upgraded. The same applies to the test systems that support this equipment.
Since Henry Ford developed the moving assembly line in 1913, automotive development has been focused on reducing production times and increasing efficiency. This in turn forces testing systems to be responsive to change, efficient, and easily updated.
Semiconductor technology is a fast-paced business, with constant advances in design and production. This poses a huge problem for testing, along with the continual cost of updating test equipment and systems.
Do you have surplus test equipment cluttering up your lab or storeroom? Apex Waves has the solution, particularly if you have National Instruments PXI modules. Apex Waves started in the world of test equipment after identifying a gap in the marketplace for high-quality customer service in the test equipment business. We now have a large inventory of new and reconditioned items but need more all the time.
Apex Waves’ main focus is obsolete and mature test equipment, especially items created by National Instruments. Obsolescence is an issue when equipment has long pre-service development times and this is very relevant when talking about avionics systems and military systems in particular.
Development and in-service time for avionics equipment normally run into decades with mature equipment still requiring test and maintenance facilities. But this same long in-service time means that test equipment initially built for pre-production testing and subsequent through life test and repair is also becoming obsolete. Particularly when bespoke designed test equipment has been used.