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PXIe-2543 Specifications

    Last Modified: December 13, 2017


    The protection provided by the PXIe-2543 can be impaired if it is used in a manner not described in this document.


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

    The following characteristic specifications 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 performance met by a majority of models.
    • Nominal specifications describe an attribute that is based on design, conformance testing, or supplemental testing.

    Specifications are Warranted unless otherwise noted.


    Specifications are valid at 23 °C unless otherwise noted.

    All voltages are specified in DC, ACpk, or a combination unless otherwise specified.



    Dual 4 × 1 multiplexers


    Minimum input frequency

    10 MHz

    Characteristic impedance (Z0)

    50 Ω, nominal



    Maximum safe DC input voltage

    ±8 V

    Maximum Safe Continuous RF Power[1]

    Chassis power ON

    +30 dBm

    Chassis power OFF

    +20 dBm

    RF Performance

    Insertion loss

    ≤2.4 GHz


    <3.4 dB, typical

    ≤6 GHz

    <5.8 dB

    <5.1 dB, typical

    ≤6.6 GHz

    <7.0 dB

    <6.1 dB, typical

    Insertion loss thermal coefficient

    α = 2050 ppm/°C

    Use the following equation to calculate the insertion loss at a given temperature:

    I L T = I L T 0 ( 1 + α ( T T 0 ) )
    • IL is insertion loss in dB
    • T is the temperature at which the property is being measured in °C
    • T0 is the reference temperature in °C
    • α represents the insertion loss temperature coefficient in ppm/°C
    Voltage standing wave ratio (VSWR)

    ≤2.4 GHz


    <1.5, typical

    ≤6 GHz


    <1.5, typical

    ≤6.6 GHz


    <1.6, typical

    CH-COM isolation

    ≤2.4 GHz

    >70 dB

    >84 dB, typical

    ≤6 GHz

    >61 dB

    >74 dB, typical

    ≤6.6 GHz

    >59 dB

    <72 dB, typical

    CH-CH isolation

    ≤2.4 GHz

    >69 dB

    >90 dB, typical

    ≤6 GHz

    >58 dB

    >74 dB, typical

    ≤6.6 GHz

    >53 dB

    <71 dB, typical

    Bank-to-bank crosstalk

    <-90 dB, typical

    Channel-to-channel skew

    <10 ps, typical

    Propagation delay

    1,720 psi, typical

    Input 1 dB Compression

    >27.6 dBm, minimum

    >32.0 dBm, typical

    Figure 1. Insertion Loss, Typical
    Figure 2. VSWR, Typical
    Figure 3. Isolation, Typical


    Second-order harmonic distortion (Input IP2 (IIP2))[2]

    IP2 (input)

    >+89 dBm, typical

    Third-order intermodulation distortion (Input IP3 (IIP3))[3]

    IP3 (input)

    >+54 dBm, typical


    Maximum switch operate time[4][5]

    76 μs


    Input trigger


    PXI trigger lines <0...7>

    Minimum pulse width[6]

    150 ns

    Front panel input voltage

    -0.5 V, minimum

    +0.7 V, VL maximum

    +2.0 V, VH minimum

    +3.3 V, nominal

    +5.5 V, minimum

    Output trigger


    PXI trigger lines <0...7>

    Pulse width

    Software-selectable: (1 μs to 62 μs)

    Front panel nominal voltage

    3.3 V TTL, 8 mA


    Switch type


    Front panel connectors


    10 SMA jacks, female


    2 SMB jacks, female

    Power requirement


    0.6 W at 5 V

    0.6 W at 3.3 V

    PXI Express

    0.4 W at 12 V

    1 W at 3.3 V

    Dimensions (L × W × H)

    3U, one slot, PXI/cPCI module, PXI Express compatible

    21.6 cm × 2.0 cm × 13.0 cm (8.5 in. × 0.8 in. × 5.1 in.)


    774 g (27.3 oz)


    Operating temperature

    0 °C to 55 °C

    Storage temperature

    -20 °C to 70 °C

    Relative humidity

    5% to 85%, noncondensing

    Pollution Degree


    Maximum altitude

    2,000 m

    Indoor use only.

    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, 0.3 grms


    5 Hz to 500 Hz, 2.4 grms (Tested in accordance with IEC 60068-2-64. Nonoperating 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
    • 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:

    • 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.

    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 NI recommends against switching active RF signals. As a relay actuates, the channel is momentarily unterminated. Some RF sources can be damaged by reflections if their outputs are not properly terminated. Refer to your RF source documentation for more information.
    • 2 Measurements are performed with single CW tones, ranging from -26 dBm to +10 dBm at the RF input. This specification is based on both experimental and calculated data.
    • 3 Measurements performed with two 10 dBm input tones = 1 MHz apart. This specification is based on both experimental and calculated data.
    • 4 Switch operate time is defined as the time from TRIG IN falling to 10% to when the output reaches 90% of final value.
    • 5 Certain applications may require additional time for proper settling. For information about including additional settling time, refer to the NI Switches Help.
    • 6 The PXIe-2543 can recognize trigger pulse widths less than 150 ns if you disable digital filtering. Refer to the NI Switches Help for information about disabling digital filtering.

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