National Instruments used NI Week to introduce the NI PXIe-5630 6 GHz two-port vector network analyzer (VNA) which comes in a compact PXI form factor.
Suitable for automated design validation and production test the VNA supports full vector analysis of transmission and reflection (T/R) parameters, precision automatic calibration and flexible software-defined architecture.
The modular PXI architecture and two-slot footprint make it possible for vector network analysis to be included in a test systems without the added cost and large footprint of traditional benchtop VNAs.
The NI PXIe-5630 is optimized for automated test with automatic precision calibration, full vector analysis on both ports, reference plane extensions and a flexible LabVIEW API that is ideal for parallel test. It has a frequency range of 10 MHz to 6 GHz, a dynamic range of greater than 11 0 dB and sweep speeds of less than 400 microseconds/point over 3,201 points. Additionally, because of its PXI configuration, up to eight NI PXIe-5630 modules can be used in a single PXI chassis and perform multisite RF test in true parallel fashion.
The NI PXIe-5630 can be controlled interactively using its soft front panel, or programmatically using APIs for NI LabVIEW software and NI LabWindows/CVI ANSI C development environments. Both APIs are optimized for multicore processing to facilitate parallel tes t of multiple RF components, which provides a significant throughput advanta ge over sequential, switched testing.