BAE Systems, National Instruments, Phase Matrix to develop PXI Express-based synthetic instrument for RF, microwave military applications

ANAHEIM, Calif., 25 September 2006. BAE Systems, National Instruments, and Phase Matrix Inc. (PMI) have announced a joint initiative to develop a PXI Express-based synthetic instrument for military and commercial RF and microwave applications.

ANAHEIM, Calif., 25 September 2006. BAE Systems, National Instruments, and Phase Matrix Inc. (PMI) have announced a joint initiative to develop a PXI Express-based synthetic instrument for military and commercial RF and microwave applications.

PMI is currently developing a 100kHz to 26.5GHz family of downconverter modules in a 3U PXI Express-compatible format to support PXI RF and microwave applications.

BAE Systems, a maker of synthetic instrument systems, plans to build a next-generation synthetic instrument based on the new downconverter module family, using National Instruments PXI Express chassis, controllers, and intermediate frequency (IF) digitizer modules, as well as National Instruments' LabView graphical-development software for host and FPGA-based signal processing.

"PMI will develop a family of PXI Express-compatible 26.5 GHz RF/microwave downconverter modules to meet the performance requirements of both military and commercial applications," says Pete Pragastis, PMI president.

Synthetic instrumentation, a subset of virtual instrumentation, combines modular hardware such as upconverters, downconverters, digitizers and high-speed I/O with a software platform to create user-defined test and measurement systems.

The synthetic instrument these three companies are developing makes it possible for engineers to stream high-bandwidth RF and microwave data across the high-speed PXI Express bus directly to a processor for application-specific analysis.

"PXI Express delivers the highest bandwidth and lowest latency of all mainstream commercial test and measurement bus technologies," notes Eric Starkloff, National Instruments director of test product marketing. "The power of PXI Express makes it possible for engineers and scientists to create robust, software-defined instruments."

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