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Understanding NI CompactRIO Scan Mode


The LabVIEW Real-Time Module 8.6 introduced powerful new features for programming CompactRIO hardware that reduce development time and complexity as well as provide tools for monitoring and maintaining CompactRIO applications. This functionality is powered by two technologies in LabVIEW, the NI Scan Engine and the RIO Scan Interface. The NI Scan Engine is a new component of LabVIEW Real-Time th... » read more

Integrated Software For CompactRIO


Embedded software tools today are fragmented. This forces developers to waste time stitching together IDEs, compilers, debuggers, trace tools, profilers, and other disparate pieces in their toolboxes. Then they have to make these pieces cooperate with each other. Furthermore, these same developers must spend months building, testing, and debugging all the dependencies of an OS, middleware, a bo... » read more

TATA Motors Builds HIL Test System For Hybrid Vehicle Simulation Using NI Tools


The Challenge: Developing a scalable, flexible, and universal hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) platform to validate the integration of multiple electronic control units (ECUs) for a parallel hybrid vehicle. The Solution: Using the scalability of the PXI platform and the out-of-the-box functionality of NI VeriStand software to build a test system that could test six interconnected vehicle ECUs toge... » read more

NI Trend Watch 2018


Technology has never progressed faster than it is today, so we must think critically about where we’re headed and how we’ll get there. The NI Trend Watch provides insight into some of the biggest trends and challenges engineers will face as we accelerate into our future faster than ever before. To read more, click here. » read more

Grounding Considerations For Improved Measurements


Learn how grounding can determine how a measurement system should be connected for the most accurate measurements. Article topics include grounded signal sources, floating signal sources, differential measurements, single-ended measurements, and the proper signal and measurement configuration. This tutorial is part of the Instrument Fundamentals series. To read more, click here. » read more

Securing Your Test System


Test systems, like other industrial equipment, are vulnerable to cyber attacks. That requires a phased approach to cyber security, addressing the most likely threats first and communicating with suppliers to understand threats upstream in the supply chain. To read more, click here. » read more

Don’t Let FPGA Compiles Be a Bottleneck


Wireless engineers often want to use over-the-air signals to go from concept to prototype. Software defined radios (SDRs) such as the USRP (Universal Software Radio Peripheral) device provide a flexible solution to meet that need. With today’s applications demanding higher bandwidths and lower latencies, more of this signal processing needs to be implemented on the FPGAs of SDRs. However, wir... » read more

Thunderbolt 3 Remote Control Of PXI Test Systems


The new PXIe-8301 remote control module is the industry’s first solution for laptop control of PXI systems using Thunderbolt 3 technology. With its contemporary connectivity and low cost, the PXIe-8301 makes high-performance control of PXI systems more accessible and affordable to engineers performing benchtop characterization and validation or developing portable automated test systems. T... » read more

Astronics Ballard Technology OmniBus II PXI Express Product for Avionics Test


The OmniBus II PXIe databus interface products combine the standard PXIe interface with MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC 429 Avionics Data Bus interfaces. Interface cards can be ordered with either MIL-STD-1553 only, ARINC 429 only, or both interfaces on the same card. The PXIe interface includes a PCIe x1 interface to the controller as well as support for PXI clock, timing and trigger signals. The inclu... » read more

Design Challenges Of Next-Generation AESA Radar


Phased-array antennas, first used in military radar systems, are gaining in popularity for a variety of applications with new active electronically-scanned arrays (AESAs) being used for radar systems in satellites and unmanned aerial vehicles. As these systems are deployed, meeting size and performance requirements are critical. To support AESA radar development efforts, electronic design autom... » read more

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