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From Bob Helsel,
Editor, AXIe Newsletter

Welcome to the October 2015 issue of the AXIe Newsletter.

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Cobham leaps into AXIe

By Larry Desjardin, Modular Methods

The modular instrument industry just became a bit more interesting. Cobham will be introducing a suite of modular products based on AXIe. Expect the introduction in early 2016.

For those of you without a scorecard, Cobham purchased Aeroflex in 2014. Aeroflex has been a major player in modular instrumentation for many years, focused on mil/aero and wireless test applications.  In 2003, Aeroflex brought their first RF instruments to PXI. 

If you are unfamiliar with AXIe, please read my recent tutorial here. Essentially, AXIe is the big brother of PXI. It shares similar PCIe fabric on its backplane, but offers higher power, cooling, and module volume.  It is aimed at high performance instrumentation and processing. It also promises higher rack density, a point that is well illustrated by the Cobham products. 

AXIe is an open standard where modules and chassis from multiple vendors can be mixed and matched. The standard is managed by the AXIe Consortium. It was at a recent AXIe Consortium summit meeting that Cobham unveiled their upcoming products. After all, the products can’t be kept a secret and guaranteed to be interoperable at the same time; they must be tested. I am pleased to have been given permission to write about this, even before the formal launch.  This column, Test Cafe, focuses on architectural and industry topics related to modular instruments. Cobham’s introduction has implications for both.

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Progressive Test for 5G Wireless Communications Advancement

Submitted by Keysight Technologies

Current cellular standards are in need of higher data throughput, greater cell capacity and more reliability. Technology and performance advancements are being investigated in wireless communications as 5G research and development progress. Part of the new 5G standards development includes consideration of new air interfaces at frequencies below 6 GHz (3.6 and 5 GHz) as well as higher mmWave frequencies.

To develop new channel models, an understanding of how the radio signal will propagate at the given frequency is needed. Channel Sounding is the Test and evaluation of new potential frequency bands and requires highly complex, multi-channel instrumentation with precise timing and synchronization as well as the ability to accurately capture channel data for characterization. Generation and analysis of wideband, MIMO signals at mmWave frequencies are significant challenges.







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

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

M8061A Multiplexer 2:1 With De-Emphasis 28 Gb/s

M8192A Multi-Channel Synchronization Module for M8190A

ADC 6000 Series AXIe-based Digitizer Module

DDR Logic Analyzer U4154A

AWG (Arbitrary Waveform Generator) M8190A

AXIe-3.1 Semiconductor Test Extension Products

AX500 - AXIe Benchtop System

High Volume Production Test System





Thanks to all our readers.
Bob Helsel, Editor


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