Test & Measurement
Eight-channel digitiser is lowest price-per-channel high-speed data acquisition product in its class
National Instruments has announced the NI PXI-5105 eight-channel digitiser, the lowest price-per-channel high-speed data acquisition product in its class, which offers a cost-effective alternative to systems that use multiplexed A/D converters or switches to increase channel count.Engi
Users can configure the PXI-5105 digitiser through software to perform typical oscilloscope measurements as well as custom measurements in many applications. In particular, the PXI-5105 digitiser is ideal for building high-channel-count systems in application areas such as ultrasonic non-destructive test (especially linear- and phased-array applications that require phase coherence), medical imaging including ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), seismic imaging and general ATE applications. To expand channel count beyond eight channels, the PXI-5105 builds on the PXI platform to deliver picosecond-level synchronisation accuracy among modules. With this capability, engineers can build phase-coherent systems of up to 136 channels in a single 4U height, 19-inch rack-mountable PXI chassis, which they can expand to more than 5,000 channels using multiple PXI chassis.
Engineers can integrate the PXI-5105 digitiser with a variety of NI hardware including digitisers, signal generators, high-speed digital I/O and multifunction data acquisition devices to create a custom measurement system. The module also works with all National Instruments software including NI LabVIEW as well as other common development environments such as C, C++ and Microsoft Visual Basic. Engineers working on ultrasonic non-destructive test applications can accelerate their application development with the LabVIEW Ultrasonic Starter Kit, which is available as a free download at ni.com/digitizers/highdensity.