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National Instruments Corp.
11500 North Mopac Expwy.
Austin, TX, 78759-3504
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Press release date: August 22, 2011

Digital Per-Pin Parametric Measurement and High-Density Source Measure Unit Modules Ideal for Semiconductor

AUSTIN, Texas, -- National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) expands the capabilities of its PXI platform for semiconductor characterization and production test with new per-pin parametric measurement unit (PPMU) modules and source measure unit (SMU) modules. The NI PXIe-6556 200 MHz high-speed digital I/O with PPMU, the NI PXIe-4140 and NI PXIe-4141 four-channel SMUs reduce the cost of capital equipment, decrease test times and increase mixed-signal flexibility for a variety of devices under test.

With the NI PXIe-6556 high-speed digital I/O module, engineers can generate and acquire a digital waveform at up to 200 MHz or perform DC parametric measurements with one percent accuracy on the same pin, simplifying cabling, decreasing test times and increasing the density of the tester. In addition, engineers can nearly eliminate timing skew due to different cable and trace lengths to the device under test with the built-in timing calibration feature that automatically adjusts timing for these differences. The NI PXIe-6556 comes with an option to switch in another NI SMU for higher precision, and engineers can trigger parametric measurements based on hardware or software triggers.

The NI PXIe-4140/41 SMU modules provide four SMU channels per PXI Express slot and up to 68 SMU channels per PXI chassis in 4U of rack height to simplify testing of high-pin-count devices. With sampling rates of up to 600,000 samples per second, engineers can drastically reduce measurement times or capture important transient characteristics of the device. Additionally, the NI PXIe-4141 features next-generation SourceAdapt technology that engineers can use to custom tune the SMU output response to any given load to achieve maximum stability and minimum transient times. This capability is not possible with traditional SMU technologies.

Combined with NI LabVIEW system design software, these new PPMU and SMU modules add to the modular software-defined approach to semiconductor test by increasing quality, reducing cost and decreasing the time of test across validation, characterization and production. LabVIEW combines the flexibility of a programming language with the power of an advanced engineering tool so engineers can meet unique, custom requirements.

Readers can visit www.ni.com/lp/semiconductor to learn more about the new products.

Additional Resources
Source Adapt Video
Parallel Test Video

About PXI

PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation (PXI) is an open specification governed by the PXI Systems Alliance (www.pxisa.org) that defines a rugged, CompactPCI-based platform optimized for test, measurement and control. Founded in 1997, the PXI specification is supported by more than 70 vendors offering more than 1,500 PXI products. PXI products are compatible with the CompactPCI and CompactPCI Express industrial computer standards and offer additional features such as environmental specifications, standardized software and built-in timing and synchronization.

About National Instruments

National Instruments (www.ni.com) is transforming the way engineers and scientists design, prototype and deploy systems for measurement, automation and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf software such as NI LabVIEW and modular cost-effective hardware, and sells to a broad base of more than 30,000 different companies worldwide, with its largest customer representing approximately 4 percent of revenue in 2010 and no one industry representing more than 15 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has approximately 5,800 employees and direct operations in more than 40 countries. For the past 12 years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America. Readers can obtain investment information from the company's investor relations department by calling (512) 683-5090, emailing nati@ni.com or visiting www.ni.com/nati.

Pricing and Contact Information
NI PXIe-4140 priced* from $5,999; euro 5,799; 840,000 yen
NI PXIe-4141 priced* from $8,999; euro 8,649; 1,260,000 yen
NI PXIe-6556 priced* from $11,299; euro 10,849; 1,582,000 yen Web: www.ni.com/lp/semiconductor
Email: info@ni.com
11500 N Mopac Expwy, Austin, Texas 78759-3504
Tel: (800) 258-7022
Fax: (512)683-9300

*All prices subject to change

LabVIEW, National Instruments, NI, ni.com, and SourceAdapt are trademarks of National Instruments. Other product and company names listed are trademarks or trade names of their respective companies.

Editor Contact:
Trisha McDonell
(512) 683-6215

Reader Contact:
Ernest Martinez
(800) 258-7022

SOURCE National Instruments

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Web Site: http://www.ni.com

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