NI FlexRIO Adapter Module Family Grows to More Than 20 Members

Extended I/O and FPGA Access Make PXI an Option in Advanced Automated Test and High-Performance Embedded Systems That Used to Rely on Custom Solutions

AUSTIN, Texas -- National Instruments (NATI) has expanded the NI FlexRIO product family, built on FPGA-based reconfigurable I/O (RIO), to more than 20 modules. Six new adapter modules add I/O including digitizer, signal generation and IF and RF transceiver capabilities. Engineers can pair these NI FlexRIO adapter modules with user-programmable FPGAs to solve almost any test application, from real-time spectrum monitoring and RF modulation/demodulation to signal intelligence and RF communication protocol prototyping.

Because these modules benefit from the parallelism and dataflow programming of the NI LabVIEW RIO architecture, they can be easily targeted by engineers without VHDL or Verilog knowledge. The combination of NI FlexRIO, LabVIEW system design software and access to more than 600 NI PXI modular instruments gives engineers a commercial off-the-shelf solution that can be customized using FPGA technology.

"Our recent investments in user-programmable FPGA instrumentation, as illustrated not only through these new NI FlexRIO adapter modules but also with the NI PXIe-5645R vector signal transceiver, help demonstrate our empowering vision for redefining instrumentation," said Charles Schroeder, director of test systems at NI. "The NI FlexRIO platform, through the NI LabVIEW RIO architecture, enables customers to create some of the most powerful test, research and embedded systems."

Product Features

NI FlexRIO Adapter Module

Ideal Applications

NI 5771 - 8-bit, 3 GS/s digitizer

Pulsing, light detection and ranging (LIDAR), high-resolution edge detection

NI 5772 - 12-bit, 1.6 GS/s digitizer adapter module

Broadband IF acquisition, real-time spectrum monitoring

NI 5782 - IF transceiver

Custom modulation and demodulation, bit error rate testing, signal intelligence (SIGINT), real-time spectrum analysis

NI 5791 - RF transceiver


AT-1120 - 14-bit, 2 GS/s signal generator

RF communications protocol prototyping, RF record and playback, SIGINT, channel emulation

AT-1212 - 2-channel signal generator


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Additional Resources

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