The PXI system is an incredibly popular test and measurement platform used by engineers and technicians around the world. Now, a quarter-century after its initial launch, the PXI platform is setting the standard for innovation across industries including military/defense, aerospace, and industrial. How did this widely used platform grow to achieve the success it enjoys today?Continue reading “The Rise of the PXI Platform”
The Tech Teamwork of NASA and NI
From humble beginnings in James Truchard’s residential garage in Texas, NI has become a massively respected producer of automated test equipment. Since launching in 1976, the company has helped find hardware and software solutions for multiple industries on an international scale. The incredible impact that NI has had on technological innovation is even more evident when considering its long history of working with NASA.Continue reading “The Tech Teamwork of NASA and NI”
Software and Test Standardization
It’s no secret that software is key to creating the foundation of modern technology. With the rate at which new products and features are introduced into today’s market, the test software industry must prioritize expedient production and flexible customer delivery. How can this be accomplished? Through the standardization of test equipment! For years, the goal of testing organizations has been to achieve standardization- yet many businesses struggle to apply test standards because they can’t agree on how. However, test standardization does not have to entail a major revamp of your engineering and production testing processes. Smaller, more manageable standards, such as code or data management standards, can be implemented to address and resolve inefficiency issues.
National Instruments PXI in the Semiconductor Industry
PXI – NI – STS. To the unschooled reader, these abbreviations are meaningless. But to those involved in the electronics and testing industry, they are the combination for continued success. National Instruments (NI), a world leader in electronic testing products and software solutions, has long been at the forefront of semiconductor testing.
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7 Ways Apex Waves Fills the Void for NI Obsolescence Planning
Apex Waves specializes in obsolete National Instruments products, which encompasses a variety of PCI, PXI, SCXI, CompactRIO, and CompactDAQ products. Obsolete products are not manufactured or offered by the manufacturer anymore. This also means support services are not offered. Obsolete NI products cannot be purchased, repaired, or calibrated by the manufacturer.
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NI LabVIEW and PXI Modular Instruments Help Microsoft with Xbox 360 Gaming
Together, Microsoft’s Xbox and Xbox 360 formed a legendary cornerstone in the gaming world. While production of the platform was discontinued in 2016, ending an 11-year run, the gaming system remains in popular use today. In fact, out of more than 22 million game consoles sold, estimates state that well over half remain in regular use, thanks to the continuation of Xbox Live.
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Using NI’s PXI Hardware to Control the World’s Largest Particle Accelerator
Particle Accelerators are used in complex research that reveals much of what we know about basic matter in our universe. A particle accelerator is an enclosed machine that accelerates elementary particles (electrons and protons) to fast speeds and energy levels. After the beam is moving quickly, targets are positioned in the path of the beam, as well as measurement devices, to observe and record information about how the beam and the target respond upon collision.
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NI’s Beam Position Monitoring and Control Electronics Solution
Particle accelerators touch our lives in a variety of ways, but the population at large is likely ignorant of their purpose or operation. Since their inception in the 1890s, these complex tools have been integral to important discoveries in basic science, scientific and medical research, the defense industry, and even many consumer products. National Instruments provides a beam position monitoring and electronics control solution that aids in the commercial use of particle accelerators.
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Using NI’s STS for RF Front Ends & Transceivers
The future of communications is NOW, and that means incredibly fast data rates and even greater communication capacities. The Internet of Things (IoT) has brought about an entirely new and formerly unimaginable level of real-time interaction between people through the use of intelligent devices. With the proliferation of 5G wireless technology, our already-hyperconnected world is poised to jump several levels into the future.
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7 Benefits of NI’s New Semiconductor Test System
National Instruments’ new Semiconductor Test System (STS) is a versatile and useful piece of equipment that offers huge flexibility and numerous benefits for your company. A huge plus for companies familiar with NI products, STS is based on the PXI platform that allows for future expansion and replacement of failed or outdated hardware. It also allows easy code sharing between other NI products, LabVIEW and TestStand, to make knowledge-sharing easy while reducing development and testing times.
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