Use this compatibility guide to match your NI PXI Source Measure Units (SMUs) with a compatible cable or accessory to meet the needs of your application, to replace or expand your current configuration, or to verify that existing parts can be used in a different configuration.
Depth and Coverage of the SMU Cable and Accessory Compatibility Guide
This guide covers a broad range of configurations; but, it is not intended to cover every potential combination or use case. The most common and recommended solutions are presented. Configurations with known limitations are noted.
Some cables or accessories from other NI products may share the same connector or visually appear the same, but typically come with limitations, incompatibilities, or safety concerns. For these reasons, using NI SMUs with NI cables and accessories that are not included in this guide as compatible with your SMU model is not recommended.
To start, your SMU model number can be found on the hardware or in software. If your SMU is already installed, you may find it easier to locate the model number in software.
Locating the Model Number on the Hardware
PXI and PXI Express (PXIe) modules: Model numbers are typically found at the top of the faceplate, or front panel, of the SMU. Click here for an example.
Locating the Model Number in Software
If you've already installed Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX), the NI-DCPower driver, and your SMU, complete the following steps:
Select My System»Devices and Interfaces.
PXI and PXI Express (PXIe) modules: Click the chassis that your SMU is installed in to expand the list of devices installed in the chassis. Modules are listed as “NI PXI-“ or “NI PXIe-“ followed by the model number.
Find your SMU model in the table below to see the compatible accessories. For more details about each accessory, refer to Cable and Accessory Details below. If you have questions about terminology, refer to the Glossary. After you have identified the cable and accessory options for your SMU from this section, continue to the Known Limitations and Issues List.
Find the cable or accessory model name below to see its description and part number. Select the part number link to view the cable or accessory’s shop page and user manual. Then, continue to the Known Limitations and Issues List.
This section is important to review because not every cable and accessory combination allows access to the full functionality of your NI SMU. This list contains notes about known limitations when using certain combinations of cables and accessories. If your SMU or cable/accessory is not listed in this section, there are no known exceptions for it.
Accessories for the PXIe-4136/4137/4138/4139 are not compatible with the PXI-4132 due to mechanical differences of the 8-position COMBICON connector.
Cables and Accessories:
The accuracy and settling time of low current measurements may be affected when using this accessory. See SA-413B Specifications for typical performance.
This adapter is rated for 60 V DC maximum voltage and is not a recommended accessory for the PXIe-4136 or PXIe-4137 due to the 200 V DC output of those SMUs. For voltage >60 V DC and triaxial connectivity, consider the PXIe-4135 SMU with native triaxial connectors.