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Mixed Signal IC Validation

Modern Lab Approaches Drive Efficiency

Industry leaders are adopting modern lab approaches to help reduce costs and accelerate time to market. A standardized measurement framework can enable measurement IP reuse and unlock powerful engineering workflows across lab roles—from interactive bring-up and debug to automated validation and characterization. NI’s mixed-signal measurement solutions are configurable software add-ons that can be used across these interactive and automated workflows for some of the most frequent validation tasks, such as device control or configurable measurement suites for specific DUT types.

A pair of semiconductor engineers validate mixed signal ICs in a modern lab


Semiconductor Device Control

Expedite first-silicon bring-up, debug, validation, and characterization with this powerful combination of application software and digital instrumentation. Quickly perform digital I/O operations and register reads/writes using standard digital protocols, such as I²C, SPI, RFFE, or custom protocols. Export your configuration settings for simplified automation in LabVIEW, Python, .NET, or TestStand.

System Setup

Simplified Device Configuration

The Semiconductor Device Control Add-on for InstrumentStudio™ provides device control capabilities that can be configured interactively in a powerful UI and then automated using LabVIEW, Python, .NET, or TestStand.

Side view of PXI Digital Pattern Instruments, used for RF and mixed-signal ICs

Powerful Digital Pattern Generation

Side view of PXI Digital Pattern Instruments, used for RF and mixed-signal ICs

PXI Digital Pattern Instruments provide ATE-class digital capabilities in a PXI form factor. They are designed for validating or testing a broad range of RF and mixed-signal ICs, from RF front ends to power management ICs.

Front view of I2C/SPI Interface Devices

Simple USB-Based Digital Interface

Front view of I2C/SPI Interface Devices

The I2C/SPI Interface Devices are low-cost interfaces for connecting to and communicating with I2C and SPI devices. With plug-and-play USB connectivity, these devices are bus-powered, portable solutions for device control.

Shorten Measurement Cycle Time

Achieve best-in-class execution times with increased parallelism and technologies unique to NI, such as customizable FPGA firmware for advanced signal processing.

Reduce System Footprint

Take back valuable lab space with a compact form factor that allows you to fit hundreds or thousands of high-performance instrument channels in a fraction of the space.

Synchronize Complex Measurements

Perform complex multi-instrument routines seamlessly with powerful timing and synchronization capabilities integrated into the PXI backplane.

Evolve with Changing Requirements

Choose from more than 1,500 PXI instrument modules— from DC to mmWave—as you build or expand your system to meet current and future measurement requirements.

With our new platform based on PXI, we’ve maintained both measurement and performance integrity while achieving 3X cost reduction and 10X improvement in semiconductor validation throughput.

Ray Morgan

Product Line Manager

ON Semiconductor 

Soliton Technologies—Specialty Partner

Soliton provides highly differentiated services to global semiconductor and enterprise customers of NI. The company specializes in developing purpose-built platform solutions for post-silicon validation to substantially improve engineering productivity through powerful tools and standardization.

An engineer from Soliton Technologies validates a mixed signal IC