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National Instruments and Astronics introduce PXI Express T&M instruments

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Astronics Test Systems in Irvine, Calif., is introducing three test and measurement instruments for test program set (TPS)-compatible PXI Express solutions that deliver familiar, fast development paths for legacy and new military and aerospace programs.

The three test instruments — the Astronics PXI Express-6943 digital test instrument, Astronics PXI Express-3352 rubidium clock source, and Astronics PXI Express-1209 pulse pattern generator — are the latest products from the collaboration of Astronics and National Instruments in Austin, Texas.

The suite of three test instruments are to provide PXI-based instruments with TPS-compatible software for existing VXI instruments.

The flagship of the collaboration is the -2 to 7-volt, 200-megabits-per-second Astronics PXI Express-6943 digital test instrument. The Astronics PXI Express-6943 is modeled after the VXI-based Astronics T940 digital resource modules, which enable pattern-based digital test in commercial and government programs. These instruments are also TPS-compatible with legacy instruments from Astronics as well as other instrument vendors.

“The National Instruments investment in LabVIEW and PXI produces cutting-edge capability, such as the recently released second-generation vector signal transceiver (VST), which is enhanced by Astronics’ expertise in TPS integration to migrate key legacy technologies to the PXI platform,” says Luke Schreier, director of automated test product marketing at National Instruments.

The Astronics PXI Express-3352 rubidium clock Source combines a rubidium oscillator with a GPS receiver into a high-precision instrument. The new Astronics PXI Express-1209 pulse pattern generator is a 2-channel, 100 MHz pulse generator that delivers dual independent pulse generation with high resolution.

“Digital subsystems continue to play a crucial role in most aerospace and defense test platforms,” says Brian Price, executive vice president and general manager at Astronics Test Systems. “With the introduction of these new Astronics PXI Express products, engineers can now expand on today’s test platforms to support tomorrow’s military and aerospace requirements and maintain their original TPS investments.”

These products will be sold through the National Instruments sales channel, which provides direct sales operations in more than 60 countries with more than 1,400 field and support engineers worldwide.

For more information contact National Instruments online at www.ni.com/pxi, or Astronics Test Systems at www.astronicstestsystems.com.

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