PXI Application Areas

Semiconductor Test

IDT Lowers Cost of Test by Adopting the PXI-Based Semiconductor Test System (STS)

When IDT, a leading producer of semiconductor solutions from low-power to high-performance devices, needed to meet the business demand of increasing product complexity in the face of instrumentation obsolescence and technology insertion issues, they chose the open PXI architecture of the STS. They achieved the flexibility to grow their test platform’s performance to maintain their leadership in innovation while decreasing their operational test costs by 50 percent and increasing test speed by 25 percent.

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Military Electronics Test

Building a F-35 Vehicle Systems Integration Facility (VSIF) Data Acquisition System

Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training & Support (LM STS) developed a standard test system for avionics suppliers to the joint strike fighter program. The system uses NI TestStand and LabWindows™/CVI software for the core test management and ANSI C test development. LM STS estimates its standardized approach to the F-35 JSF program has already saved the U.S. government millions of dollars and has the potential to save hundreds of millions more over the life of the program.

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Consumer Electronics Test

Microsoft Uses NI LabVIEW and PXI Modular Instruments to Develop Production Test System for Xbox 360 Controllers

Microsoft Corporation developed a versatile validation and end-of-line production test system for the Xbox and Xbox 360 controllers using LabVIEW and PXI modular instrumentation. With the new test system, Microsoft implemented a test strategy that resulted in a 100 percent increase in test throughput per test station.

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Hardware-in-the-Loop Test

Siemens Wind Power Develops a Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulator for Wind Turbine Control System Software Testing

Siemens, a global leader in clean power generation, required a test system that automates the testing procedures for the control system of its wind turbines. The company turned to LabVIEW software and PXI hardware to create a real-time system for the hardware-in-the-loop testing of the regularly updated embedded control software releases that is easy to improve, adapt, and develop for future installations.

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RF and Communications Test

Using R Series Multifunction RIO Devices for Bit-Error-Rate Test

Harris, an international communications and information technology company, tests RF data transmitters and receivers. Using PXI instruments from NI and an external wide area network transceiver integrated circuit on a custom-printed circuit board, Harris implemented a complete serial bit-error-rate test system that reduces cost per unit approximately 4X and offers customization capability to communication interfaces that have added test requirements.

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Audio and Video Test

Automating Blu-ray Disc Player Video and Audio Testing Using LabVIEW and PXI

Sony Electronics needed a highly reliable and cost-effective test system for its line of Blu-ray players. The company used LabVIEW and PXI modular instruments to hit its target cost and improve test throughput by 33 percent.

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