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PCI-5153EX Specifications

    Last Modified: March 14, 2017


    Warranted specifications describe the performance of a model under stated operating conditions and are covered by the model warranty.

    Characteristics describe values that are relevant to the use of the model under stated operating conditions but are not covered by the model warranty.

    • Typical specifications describe the expected performance met by a majority of the models.
    • Nominal specifications describe parameters and attributes that may be useful in operation.


    Specifications are valid under the following conditions unless otherwise noted.

    • All filter settings
    • Sample clock set to 1 GS/s
    • Real-Time Interleaved Sampling (TIS) mode provides a 2 GS/s real-time sample rate for a single channel

    Analog Input (Channel 0 and Channel 1)

    Number of channels

    Two (simultaneously sampled)



    Impedance and Coupling

    Input impedance

    50 Ω ± 2 Ω, typical

    Voltage Standing Wave Ratio (VSWR)

    1.2, typical

    DC to 500 MHz, typical

    Input coupling

    AC, DC, GND

    Voltage Levels

    Full scale (FS) input ranges (Vpk-pk)

    0.1 V, 0.2 V, 0.5 V, 1 V, 2 V, 5 V

    Maximum input overload

    7 Vrms with |Peaks| ≤ 10 V



    8 bits

    DC accuracy

    0.1 V to 1 V input range

    ±(1.0% of input + 1.3% of FS)

    2 V to 5 V input range

    ±(1.4% of input + 1.3% of FS)


    0.1 V to 1 V input range

    ±(2.2% of input + 1.8% of FS)

    2 V to 5 V input range

    ±(2.9% of input + 1.8% of FS)

    DC drift[1]

    ±(0.14% of input + 0.05% of FS) per °C

    Crosstalk, typical

    CH 0 to/from CH 1[3]

    <-80 dB at 10 MHz

    <-60 dB at 100 MHz

    External trigger to CH 0 or CH 1[4]

    <-80 dB at 10 MHz

    <-70 dB at 100 MHz

    Bandwidth and Transient Response

    Bandwidth (-3 dB)[5]

    500 MHz minimum

    Rise/fall time[5]

    600 ps, typical

    Bandwidth limit filter

    20 MHz noise filter

    AC coupling cutoff (-3 dB)[6]

    114 kHz, typical

    Figure 1. PCI-5153EX Frequency Response, 5 Vpk-pk through 0.1 Vpk-pk Input Ranges (Typical)
    Figure 2. PCI-5153EX Frequency Response, 5 Vpk-pk through 0.1 Vpk-pk Input Ranges (Typical)
    Figure 3. PCI-5153EX Step Response, 5 Vpk-pk through 0.1 Vpk-pk Input Ranges (Typical)

    Spectral Characteristics


    Noise filter on


    Noise filter off


    Signal to noise distortion (SINAD), typical[7]

    Noise filter on

    45 dB

    Noise filter off

    41 dB

    Figure 4. PCI-5153EX Typical Dynamic Performance, 2 Vpk-pk Input Range, 100 MHz Input Signal
    Figure 5. PCI-5153EX TIS Typical Dynamic Performance, 2 Vpk-pk Input Range, 300 MHz Input Signal


    Table 1. RMS Noise, typical [8]
    Range (Vpk-pk) Noise Filter On Noise Filter Off Noise Filter On TIS Mode Noise Filter Off TIS Mode
    0.1 0.37% FS 0.44% FS 0.41% FS 0.71% FS
    0.2 to 5 0.32% FS 0.32% FS 0.41% FS 0.41% FS

    Channel-to-channel skew

    <140 ps, typical


    Sample Clock


    Internal: Onboard clock (internal VSCO)[9]

    External: PFI 0 (front panel SMB connector)

    Timebase frequency

    1 GHz[10]

    Onboard Clock (Internal VCSO)

    Sample rate range

    Real-time sampling (single shot)[11]

    15.26 kS/s to 1 GS/s

    TIS[12] mode (single shot)

    2 GS/s (single channel only)

    Random interleaved sampling (RIS) mode[13]

    2 GS/s to 20 GS/s in increments of 1 GS/s (repetitive waveforms only)

    Timebase accuracy

    Not phase-locked to Reference Clock

    1 GHz ±30 ppm within ±3 °C of external calibration temperature

    Phase-locked to Reference Clock

    Equal to the Reference Clock accuracy[14]

    Timebase drift

    Not phase-locked to Reference Clock

    ±7 ppm per °C

    Phase-locked to Reference Clock

    Equal to Reference Clock drift

    Sample Clock delay range

    ±1 Sample Clock period

    Sample Clock delay/adjustment resolution

    ≤5 ps

    External Sample Clock


    PFI 0 (front panel SMB connector)

    Frequency range[15]

    350 MHz to 1 GHz

    Duty cycle tolerance

    45% to 55%

    Phase-Locked Loop (PLL) Reference Clock


    PXI_CLK10 (PXI backplane connector)

    PFI 0 (front panel SMB connector)

    Frequency range[16]

    1 MHz to 20 MHz in 1 MHz increments. Default of 10 MHz.

    Duty cycle tolerance

    45% to 55%

    Exported Reference Clock destinations

    PXI_Trig <0..7> (backplane connector)

    PFI 1 (front panel SMB connector)

    Sample Clock and Reference Clock Input (PFI 0, Front Panel Connector)

    Input voltage range (Vpk-pk)

    Sine wave: 0.65 V to 2.8 V (0 dBm to 13 dBm)

    Maximum input overload

    7 Vrms with |Peaks| ≤ 10 V


    50 Ω



    Reference Clock Output (PFI 1, Front Panel Connector)

    Output impedance

    50 Ω

    Logic type

    3.3 V CMOS, except when exporting 5 V

    Maximum drive current

    ±24 mA


    Trigger types[17]

    Edge, window, hysteresis, video, digital, immediate, and software

    Trigger sources

    CH 0

    CH 1


    PFI <0..1>

    PXI_Trig <0..6>

    PXI Star Trigger


    Time resolution

    Onboard Clock, time-to-digital conversion circuit (TDC) on

    5 ps

    Onboard Clock, TDC off

    1 ns

    External Clock, TDC off

    External Clock period

    Minimum rearm time[18]

    TDC on

    8 µs

    TDC off

    1 µs


    From ream time up to [(232 - 1) × Sample Clock Period]

    Trigger delay

    From 0 up to [(235 - 1) - Posttrigger Samples] x (1/Sample Rate), in seconds

    Analog Trigger (Edge, Window, and Hysteresis Trigger Types)


    CH 0, CH 1, TRIG (front panel BNC connectors)

    Trigger level range

    CH 0, CH 1

    100% FS

    TRIG (External trigger)

    ±5 V

    Voltage resolution

    8 bits (1 in 256)

    Edge trigger sensitivity: CH 0, CH 1, TRIG (External trigger)

    10% FS

    DC to 500 MHz

    Trigger level accuracy, typical

    CH 0, CH 1

    ±5% FS up to 10 MHz

    TRIG (External trigger)

    ±1 V (±10% FS) up to 10 MHz[19]

    Trigger jitter[20]

    ≤14 ps rms, typical

    ≤20 ps rms maximum

    Trigger filters, typical

    Low frequency (LF) reject

    50 kHz

    High frequency (HF) reject

    50 kHz

    Digital Trigger (Digital Trigger Type)


    PXI_Trig <0..6> (backplane connector)

    PFI <0..1> (front panel SMB connectors)

    PXI Star Trigger (backplane connector)

    External Trigger Input (Front Panel Connector)




    2.25 kΩ



    Input voltage range

    ±5 V

    Maximum input overload

    |Peaks| ≤ 10 V

    PFI 0 and PFI 1 (Programmable Function Interface, Front Panel Connectors)


    SMB jack



    As an Input (Trigger)


    Start trigger (Acquisition arm)

    Reference (stop) trigger

    Arm reference trigger

    Advance trigger

    Input impedance

    150 kΩ


    2.0 V


    0.8 V

    Maximum input overload

    -0.5 V to 5.5 V

    Maximum frequency

    25 MHz

    As an Output (Event)


    Ready for Start

    Start Trigger (Acquisition Arm)

    Ready for Reference

    Reference (Stop) Trigger

    End of Record

    Ready for Advance

    Advance Trigger

    Done (End of Acquisition)

    Probe Compensation[21]

    Output impedance

    50 Ω

    Logic type

    3.3 V CMOS

    Maximum drive current

    ±24 mA

    Maximum frequency

    25 MHz

    TClk Specifications

    You can use the National Instruments TClk synchronization method and the NI-TClk driver to align the Sample Clocks on any number of supported devices, in one or more chassis. For more information about TClk synchronization, refer to the NI-TClk Synchronization Help, which is located within the NI High-Speed Digitizers Help. For other configurations, including multichassis systems, contact NI Technical Support at

    Intermodule SMC Synchronization Using NI-TClk for Identical Modules (Typical)

    Synchronization specifications are valid under the following conditions:

    • All modules are installed in one PXI Express chassis
    • The NI-TClk driver is used to align the Sample clocks of each module.
    • All parameters are set to identical values for each module.
    • Modules are synchronized without using an external Sample Clock.
    • Sample Clock set to 1 GS/s and all filters are disabled.

    Although you can use NI-TClk to synchronize non-identical SMC-based modules, these specifications apply only to synchronizing identical modules.

    Skew, characteristic[22]

    500 ps

    Skew after manual adjustment, characteristic

    ≤5 ps

    Sample Clock delay/adjustment resolution

    ≤5 ps

    Waveform Specifications

    Table 2. Onboard Memory Size
    Real-Time and RIS Modes Real-Time TIS Mode
    8 MB standard (8 MS per channel) 8 MB standard (8 MS)
    64 MB option (64 MS per channel) 64 MB option (64 MS)
    256 MB option (256 MS per channel) 256 MB option (256 MS)

    Minimum record length

    1 sample

    Number of pretrigger samples

    Zero up to full record length[23]

    Number of posttrigger samples

    Zero up to full record length[]

    Maximum number of records in onboard memory[24]

    8 MB per channel


    64 MB per channel


    256 MB per channel


    Allocated onboard memory per record

    [(Record length × bytes/sample) + 400 bytes] rounded up to next multiple of 128 bytes


    External Calibration

    External calibration calibrates the onboard references used in self-calibration and the external trigger levels. All calibration constants are stored in nonvolatile memory.


    Self-calibration is done on software command. The calibration corrects for gain, offset, triggering, and timing errors for all input ranges, excluding External Trigger input channel.

    Calibration Specifications

    Interval for external calibration

    2 years

    Warm-up time

    15 minutes


    +3.3 VDC

    1.7 A

    +5 VDC

    1.8 A

    +12 VDC

    520 mA

    -12 VDC

    200 mA

    Total power

    23.25 W


    Driver Software

    Driver support for this device was first available in NI-SCOPE 3.5.

    NI-SCOPE is an IVI-compliant driver that allows you to configure, control, and calibrate the PCI-5153EX. NI-SCOPE provides application programming interfaces for many development environments.

    Application Software

    NI-SCOPE provides programming interfaces, documentation, and examples for the following application development environments:

    • LabVIEW
    • LabWindows™/CVI™
    • Measurement Studio
    • Microsoft Visual C/C++

    Interactive Soft Front Panel and Configuration

    The NI-SCOPE Soft Front Panel (SFP) allows interactive control of the PCI-5153EX.

    Interactive control of the PCI-5153EX was first available in NI-SCOPE SFP version 3.5. The NI-SCOPE SFP is included on the NI-SCOPE media.

    NI Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX) also provides interactive configuration and test tools for the PCI-5153EX. MAX is included on the NI-SCOPE media.

    Dimensions and Weight


    3U, one slot, PXI module

    21.6 cm x 2.0 cm x 13.0 cm

    (8.5 in. x 0.8 in. x 5.1 in.)


    481 g (16.97 oz.)

    Figure 6. PXI-5153 Dimensions


    PXI Module


    Maximum altitude

    2,000 m (at 25 °C ambient temperature)

    Pollution Degree


    Indoor use only.

    Operating Environment

    Ambient temperature range

    0 °C to 55 °C (Tested in accordance with IEC 60068-2-1 and IEC 60068-2-2.)

    Relative humidity range

    10% to 90%, noncondensing (Tested in accordance with IEC 60068-2-56.)

    Storage Environment

    Ambient temperature range

    -40 °C to 71 °C (Tested in accordance with IEC 60068-2-1 and IEC 60068-2-2.)

    Relative humidity range

    5% to 95%, noncondensing (Tested in accordance with IEC 60068-2-56.)

    Shock and Vibration

    Operational shock

    30 g peak, half-sine, 11 ms pulse (Tested in accordance with IEC 60068-2-27. Test profile developed in accordance with MIL-PRF-28800F.)

    Random vibration


    5 Hz to 500 Hz, 0.31 grms (Tested in accordance with IEC 60068-2-64.)


    5 Hz to 500 Hz, 2.46 grms (Tested in accordance with IEC 60068-2-64. Test profile exceeds the requirements of MIL-PRF-28800F, Class 3.)

    Compliance and Certifications


    This product is designed to meet the requirements of the following electrical equipment safety standards for measurement, control, and laboratory use:

    • IEC 61010-1, EN 61010-1
    • UL 61010-1, CSA 61010-1

    For UL and other safety certifications, refer to the product label or the Online Product Certification section.

    Electromagnetic Compatibility

    This product meets the requirements of the following EMC standards for electrical equipment for measurement, control, and laboratory use:
    • EN 61326-1 (IEC 61326-1): Class A emissions; Basic immunity
    • EN 55011 (CISPR 11): Group 1, Class A emissions
    • EN 55022 (CISPR 22): Class A emissions
    • EN 55024 (CISPR 24): Immunity
    • AS/NZS CISPR 11: Group 1, Class A emissions
    • AS/NZS CISPR 22: Class A emissions
    • FCC 47 CFR Part 15B: Class A emissions
    • ICES-001: Class A emissions

    In the United States (per FCC 47 CFR), Class A equipment is intended for use in commercial, light-industrial, and heavy-industrial locations. In Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand (per CISPR 11), Class A equipment is intended for use only in heavy-industrial locations.


    Group 1 equipment (per CISPR 11) is any industrial, scientific, or medical equipment that does not intentionally generate radio frequency energy for the treatment of material or inspection/analysis purposes.


    For EMC declarations, certifications, and additional information, refer to the Online Product Certification section.

    CE Compliance

    This product meets the essential requirements of applicable European Directives, as follows:

    • 2014/35/EU; Low-Voltage Directive (safety)
    • 2014/30/EU; Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive (EMC)

    Online Product Certification

    Refer to the product Declaration of Conformity (DoC) for additional regulatory compliance information. To obtain product certifications and the DoC for this product, visit, search by model number or product line, and click the appropriate link in the Certification column.

    Environmental Management

    NI is committed to designing and manufacturing products in an environmentally responsible manner. NI recognizes that eliminating certain hazardous substances from our products is beneficial to the environment and to NI customers.

    For additional environmental information, refer to the Minimize Our Environmental Impact web page at This page contains the environmental regulations and directives with which NI complies, as well as other environmental information not included in this document.

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    EU Customers  

    At the end of the product life cycle, all NI products must be disposed of according to local laws and regulations. For more information about how to recycle NI products in your region, visit



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    • 1 At 23 °C. 23 °C assumed to be room temperature and ambient temperature during external calibration.
    • 2 Within ±3 °C of self-calibration temperature.
    • 3 Measured on one channel with test signal applied to another channel, with same range setting on both channels.
    • 4 10 V signal applied to external trigger channel. Applies to all ranges on CH 0 and CH 1.
    • 5 Filter off.
    • 6 50 Ω source assumed.
    • 7 1 V input range, 10 MHz, -1 dBFS input signal. Includes the 2nd through the 5th harmonics.
    • 8 50 Ω terminator connected to input.
    • 9 Internal Sample clock is locked to the Reference clock or derived from the onboard VCSO.
    • 10 When not using external sample clock.
    • 11 Divide by n decimation used for all rates less than 1 GS/s.
    • 12 TIS is a type of real-time sampling that is sometimes called ping-pong.
    • 13 RIS is a type of equivalent-time sampling.
    • 14 Refer to your chassis specifications for the Reference Clock accuracy.
    • 15 Divide by n decimation available where 1 ≤ n ≤ 65,535. For more information about Sample Clock and decimation, refer to the NI High-Speed Digitizers Help.
    • 16 The PLL Reference Clock frequency must be accurate to ±50 ppm.
    • 17 Refer to the following sources and the NI High-Speed Digitizers Help for more information about which sources are available for each trigger type.
    • 18 Holdoff set to 0. Onboard Sample Clock at maximum rate.
    • 19 At 23 °C.
    • 20 Within ±3 °C of self-calibration temperature.
    • 21 1 kHz, 50% duty cycle square wave. PFI 1 only.
    • 22 Specifications are valid for any number of PXI/PCI modules installed in one NI PXI-1042 chassis.
    • 23 Single-record mode and multiple-record mode.
    • 24 It is possible to exceed these numbers if you fetch records while acquiring data. For more information, refer to the High-Speed Digitizers Help.

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