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From Bob Helsel,
Editor, AXIe Newsletter

Welcome to the March 2016 issue of the AXIe Newsletter.

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Cobham introduces AXIe,
but the software is the real surprise

By Larry Desjardin, Modular Methods

Cobham officially unveiled their AXIe offering last week at WinnComm, the premier SDR (software defined radio) conference.  As a reminder, Cobham is the new name of the company previously known as Aeroflex, having purchased Aeroflex in 2014. Frequent readers of EDN’s Test Cafe column will recall our exclusive sneak preview of Cobham’s AXIe products in an October column entitled Cobham leaps into AXIe. There, we highlighted that Cobham’s upcoming transceiver density was double that of those available in PXI, entirely due to the density advantage offered by AXIe. We also highlighted Cobham’s deployment of Wide PCI Express (16 lanes in each direction), allowing nearly 16GByte/sec of streaming bandwidth per slot each direction, 32 GByte/sec total. 

Cobham made their AXIe introduction official last week at WinnComm, but it was the software that was the real surprise. In a press release entitled Cobham and NordiaSoft announce world’s first integrated SCA development and test system, the two companies announced that they were joining forces to offer SCA (Software Communications Architecture) developers an integrated development platform for software defined radio development, emulation, and test.

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AXIe Consortium Approves the new
AXIe-2 Software Specification


The AXIe Board of Directors approved a new revision of AXIe-2 Base Software Specification.  It, along with all other AXIe specifications, can be found on the specification page here.

The core AXIe specification is AXIe-1, and describes the hardware aspects of the AXIe standard, such as module size, backplane definition, and power and cooling. AXIe-2 adds software requirements for an AXIe chassis or module. AXIe-1 was upgraded last year with revision 3.0. The highlight of that change was to quadruple the PCIe (PCI Express) bus width from four lanes to 16 lanes. This is the widest PCIe fabric of any modular instrument standard, and contributes directly to bus speed.  You can read about the upgraded speed here.

While AXIe-2 specifies the software necessary to support AXIe chassis, system modules, and instrument modules, another key goal has been interoperability with PXI systems. Complying with AXIe-2 causes the AXIe products to appear as PXI products, facilitation integration of the two architectures together.

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New AXIe Products

The members of the AXIe Consortium continue to release a steady flow of new products based on the AXIe standard, some of which are spotlighted below:

AXIe-0 Low Cost Instrument and Switch Products

VVK AXIe Switching Card

AXIe-0 System Module

6-slot Chassis in AXIe-0 Format

AXIe-1 Base Architecture Specification Products

M9709A AXIe 8-bit High- Speed Digitizer

M8196A 92 GSa/s Arbitrary Waveform Generator

M8062A 32Gb/s J-BERT

AXIe 65 GSa/s & 20 GHz High-Speed Arbitrary Waveform Generator

GT-ASG18A Advanced Signal Generator

M9521A AXIe System Module

M9514A AXIe 14-Slot Chassis


IPMI Shelf Manager Card With Redundant IPMB

M9703A AXIe eight-channel wideband digital receiver/digitizer

AXIe-3.1 Semiconductor Test Extension Products

AX500 - AXIe Benchtop System

High Volume Production Test System


AXIe Nears the Tipping Point


By Larry Desjardin, Modular Methods

If you’re a frequent reader of this column, Test Cafe, you are probably familiar with AXIe.  Positioned as the “big brother to PXI”, AXIe is a modular instrument standard similar to PXI in many respects, but utilizing a larger board format that allows higher power instruments and greater rack density.  Since it relies chiefly on the same PCI Express fabric for data communication as PXI, it is nearly indistinguishable from PXI when viewed from the test system controller and is programmed similarly. For more information, you can read my recent tutorial about AXIe here.


Thanks to all our readers.
Bob Helsel, Editor

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