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NI 5133 Specifications

    Last Modified: February 24, 2017


    Warranted specifications describe the warranted performance of a calibrated model under the stated operating conditions.

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

    • Typical specifications describe product performance met by a majority of the models.
    • Nominal specifications describe additional information about the product performance that may be useful.


    Specifications are valid under the following conditions unless otherwise noted.

    • Full bandwidth
    • Sample Clock set to full rate


    Analog Input

    Number of channels

    2, simultaneously sampled



    Impedance and Coupling

    Input impedance

    1 MΩ ±1% in parallel with a typical capacitance of 19 pF

    Input coupling

    AC, DC, GND

    Voltage Levels

    Table 1. Full Scale (FS) Input Range and Programmable Vertical Offset
    Range (Vpk-pk) Vertical Offset Range (V)[1]
    0.04 ±0.4
    0.1 ±0.4
    0.2 ±0.4
    0.4 ±0.4
    1.0 ±4.0
    2.0 ±4.0
    4.0 ±4.0
    10 ±25.0
    20 ±20.0
    40 ±10.0

    Maximum input overload

    |Peaks| ≤ 30 V



    8 bits


    ±(2% of input + 1% FS + 300 μV)

    DC drift

    ±(0.033% of input + 0.06% of FS + 40 μV) per °C

    AC coupling cutoff (-3 dB)

    12 Hz, typical

    Bandwidth and Transient Response

    Bandwidth (-3 dB)

    All ranges except 0.04 Vpk-pk range

    50 MHz

    0.04 Vpk-pk range

    35 MHz

    Bandwidth limit filter

    20 MHz noise filter

    Figure 1. Frequency Response, Typical
    A Frequency response at full bandwidth, all ranges except 40 mVpk-pk range, typical
    B Frequency response at full bandwidth, 40 mVpk-pk range, typical
    C Frequency response with 20 MHz noise filter, all ranges, typical

    Spectral Characteristics

    RMS noise, typical

    All ranges except 0.04 Vpk-pk range

    0.35% FS

    0.04 Vpk-pk range

    0.55% FS

    Figure 2. NI 5133 Dynamic Performance, 1 V pk-pk Range, 524,288-Point FFT, Typical


    Sample Clock

    Onboard Clock

    Sample rate range, real-time sampling (single shot)[3]

    1.526 kS/s to 100 MS/s

    Timebase frequency

    100 MHz

    Timebase accuracy

    ±50 ppm

    External Sample Clock[4]


    PFI 1

    Frequency range

    1 MHz to 100 MHz

    Duty cycle tolerance

    45% to 55%


    Reference (Stop) Trigger

    Table 2. Trigger Types and Sources [5]
    Types Sources
    Edge, window, hysteresis CH 0, CH 1
    Digital PFI 1
    Immediate, software

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


    CH 0 (front panel BNC connector), CH 1 (front panel BNC connector)

    Trigger level resolution

    8 bits

    Trigger level range

    Same as input signal

    Digital Trigger (Digital Trigger Type)


    PFI 1

    Start Trigger

    Table 3. Trigger Types and Sources [6]
    Types Sources
    Digital PFI 1
    Immediate and Software

    Digital Trigger (Digital Trigger Type)


    PFI 1

    PFI 1 (Programmable Function Interface)





    As an Input (Trigger)


    Start Trigger, Reference Trigger, External Sample Clock

    Input impedance

    1 MΩ


    2.4 V


    400 mV

    Maximum input overload

    -0.5 V to 3.5 V

    Minimum pulse width

    20 ns

    As an Output (Event)


    Ready for Start, Ready for Reference, End of Acquisition (Done)

    Output impedance

    50 Ω

    Logic type

    3.3 V CMOS

    Maximum drive current

    20 mA

    Minimum pulse width

    100 ns

    Waveform Specifications

    Onboard memory size

    4 MB per channel option or 32 MB per channel option

    Minimum record length

    1 Sample

    Number of pretrigger samples

    4 MB – posttrigger samples or 32 MB – posttrigger samples

    Number of posttrigger samples

    4 MB – pretrigger samples or 32 MB – pretrigger samples



    Self-calibration is done on software command. The calibration corrects for offset.

    External calibration (factory calibration)

    The external calibration calibrates the gain, the 1 MΩ attenuator, and the programmable vertical offset accuracy. Appropriate constants are stored in nonvolatile memory.

    Interval for external calibration

    2 years

    Warm-up time

    10 minutes


    +5 VDC

    230 mA, typical

    Total power

    1.15 W, typical


    Driver Software

    Driver support for this device was first available in NI-SCOPE 3.4 or later (for 4 MB/channel option) and NI-SCOPE 3.5.1 or later (for 32 MB/channel option).

    NI-SCOPE is an IVI-compliant driver that allows you to configure, control, and calibrate the NI 5133. 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++
    • Microsoft Visual Basic

    Interactive Soft Front Panel and Configuration

    The NI-SCOPE Soft Front Panel version 2.8 or later supports interactive control of the NI 5133. The NI-SCOPE Soft Front Panel is included on the NI-SCOPE DVD.

    National Instruments Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX) also provides interactive configuration and test tools for the NI 5133. MAX is included on the NI-SCOPE DVD.


    Front Panel

    Figure 3. NI 5133 Front Panel
    Connector Function Connector Type
    CH 0 Analog input BNC female
    CH 1 Analog input BNC female
    PFI 1 Digital input/output/clk in BNC female

    Back Panel

    Figure 4. NI 5133 Back Panel
    Indicator Function Indicator Type
    1 Indicates that the device has power and has been recognized by the system LED

    Cleaning Statement


    Clean the hardware with a soft, nonmetallic brush. Make sure that the hardware is completely dry and free from contaminants before returning it to service.

    Dimensions and Weight


    18.49 × 3.38 × 10.29 cm(7.279 × 1.314 × 4.053 in.)


    244 g (8.6 oz)


    Maximum altitude

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

    Pollution Degree


    Indoor use only.

    Operating Environment

    Ambient temperature range

    0 °C to 45 °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

    -20 °C to 70 °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.)

    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
    • AS/NZS CISPR 11: Group 1, 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:
    • 2006/95/EC; 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.

    Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

    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 Programmable Vertical Offset Accuracy: ±2 mV on 40 mV range, ±2.5% on all other ranges.
    • 2 Within 5 °C of self-calibration temperature.
    • 3 Divide by n decimation used for all rates less than maximum speed.
    • 4 Input must meet 3.3 V CMOS Logic requirements.
    • 5 If a digital trigger is being supplied through the PF1 line, an external clock cannot be used.
    • 6 If a digital trigger is being supplied through the PFI line, an external clock cannot be used.

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