IF Transceiver suits RF stimulus and response testing.

Press Release Summary:

Used for RF test, SDR, signal intelligence, and communication system design applications, NI PXIe-5641R combines intermediate frequency (IF) transceiver with reconfigurable I/O capability using Xilinx Virtex-5 SX95T FPGA and PXI Express technology. This dual-input and dual-output module, supporting RF frequencies up to 2.7 GHz, has two 14-bit, 100 MSPS ADCs with 20 MHz bandwidth digital downconverters and two 14-bit, 200 MSPS DACs with 20 MHz bandwidth digital upconverters.

Original Press Release:

National Instruments Introduces PXI Express Reconfigurable IF Transceiver for Software-Defined RF Test and Prototyping

New LabVIEW FPGA-Based Transceiver Brings User-Defined IF Processing to RF Applications

AUSTIN, Texas, April 28, 2009 -- National Instruments (NASDAQ:NATI) today announced the NI PXIe-5641R RIO IF transceiver, the company's most recent device for RF test. The NI PXIe-5641R is a dual-input, dual-output module that combines an intermediate frequency (IF) transceiver with reconfigurable I/O (RIO) capability using a Xilinx Virtex-5 SX95T field-programmable gate array (FPGA) and PXI Express technology. With this new module, engineers can take advantage of the flexibility of the NI LabVIEW FPGA Module and the performance of PXI Express for applications such as RF test, software-defined radio, signal intelligence and communication system design.

With the NI PXIe-5641R IF transceiver, engineers have the ability to incorporate customized, real-time RF stimulus and response into their test, measurement and communication systems through user-programmable FPGAs on RIO hardware. The test hardware then becomes protocol-aware, dynamically changing measurements and stimuli based on the response of the device under test. Protocol-aware or real-time test is beneficial in applications such as RFID tag testing, cellular base station emulation or any hardware-in-the-loop RF testing. For communications applications such as software-defined radio and signal intelligence, engineers can use FPGAs to prototype and implement new communication standards and perform real-time signal analysis and event detection.

The NI PXIe-5641R has two 14-bit, 100 MS/s analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) with built-in 20 MHz bandwidth digital downconverters (DDCs), and two 14-bit, 200 MS/s digital-to-analog converters (DACs) with built-in 20 MHz bandwidth digital upconverters (DUCs). Because of these NI RF upconverters and downconverters, the NI PXIe-5641R can support RF frequencies up to 2.7 GHz, making the module ideal for spectral monitoring and signal intelligence as well as real-time RF test. Engineers can take full advantage of the NI PXIe-5641R by using the LabVIEW FPGA Module, which extends the LabVIEW graphical development environment to target NI RIO hardware.

For more information about the NI PXIe-5641R, readers can visit http://www.ni.com/transceivers.

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 no one customer representing more than 3 percent of revenue and no one industry representing more than 10 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 5,000 employees and direct operations in more than 40 countries. For the past 10 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, e-mailing nati@ni.com or visiting http://www.ni.com/nati.

Pricing and Contact Information

NI PXIe-5641R
Priced* from $7,499; euro 6,849; 1,103,000 yen
Web: http://www.ni.com/transceivers
11500 N Mopac Expwy, Austin, Texas 78759-3504
Tel: (800) 258-7022,
Fax: (512) 683-9300
E-mail: info@ni.com

*Prices are subject to change without notice.

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Reader Contact: Ernest Martinez, (800) 258-7022

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