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From Bob Helsel,
Editor, AXIe Newsletter

Welcome to the September 2016 issue of the AXIe Newsletter.

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Using AWGs to Generate Signals for Simulated Test


Submitted by Keysight Technologies

Basic testing of an electronic device or system includes applying the right stimuli and analyzing the resulting behavior. In some cases, real world stimuli can be used, but in most situations simulated signals must be created and supplied by a test instrument. Many instruments are capable of generating signals including signal generators, noise sources, function/arbitrary waveform generators, pattern generators or pulse generators. These instruments are each designed to generate signals for specific applications. As devices and interfaces become faster and more complex, the flexibility of test instruments becomes more and more important.

The number of devices that need to be tested and the simulated signals they require determines the number of signal generating instruments that are needed. Purchasing multiple instruments for different types of signal generation can be very expensive. Engineers are also challenged to develop expertise in configuration and programming for the various signal generators, to ensure repeatable and deterministic results.

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AXIe:  the Fastest Growing
Modular Instrument Standard


By Larry Desjardin, Modular Methods

In a study entitled VXI, PXI, and AXIe Test and Measurement Market Disrupts Automated Test, Sparking New Growth Opportunities, Frost and Sullivan reported the markets size and growth rates of the various instrument standards, updated to include 2015. The study preview can be found here.

F&S reported the size of the open modular market (VXI, PXI, and AXIe) to be $809.7M in 2015, now over 20% of the entire automated test market for the first time, excluding dedicated semiconductor test.  Modular instruments grew at 7.5% last year, and a close examination of the figures showed that modular instruments were responsible for all the growth in ATE. Traditional instruments declined slightly last year. 

Within the modular standards, AXIe demonstrated a whopping 61% growth rate, driven by high-end instrumentation. PXI, which includes PXI and PXIe (PXI Express) variants, delivered 8.7% growth, while VXI declined 15.6%.  Much of the AXIe growth can be credited to having the smaller base, as the 2015 revenues for AXIe, PXI, and VXI were $63M, $702M, and $105M respectively.

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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-1 Base Architecture Specification Products

Informtest 9 Slot AXIe Mainframe

Cobham AXIe Chassis

M9514A AXIe 14-Slot Chassis

AX1018 Integrated 10 slot AXIe with 19 slot PXI System

Giga-tronics GT-CHSIS2A and GT-GT-CHSIS4A Advanced Signal Generation / Analysis System

AX500 Integrated 5 Slot AXIe System

M9703B AXIe 12-bit 8ch High-Speed Digitizer/Wideband Digital Receiver

M9537A AXIe Embedded Controller

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

Cobham AXIe Vector Signal Transceiver - mA-6806

GT-ASG18A Advanced Signal Generator

M9521A AXIe System Module

M9514A AXIe 14-Slot Chassis


IPMI Shelf Manager Card With Redundant IPMB

AXIe 4 Gb/s State Mode Logic Analyzer Module

AXIe-0 Low Cost Instrument and Switch Products

VVK AXIe Switching Card

AXIe-0 System Module

6-slot Chassis in AXIe-0 Format

AXIe-3.1 Semiconductor Test Extension Products

AX500 - AXIe Benchtop System

High Volume Production Test System

48 Channel Digital Pin Card


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