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From Bob Helsel, Editor of the PXI Newsletter:

Welcome to the September 2014 edition of the PXI Newsletter.  Our intent is to educate and inform you about how the PXI standard is being used in modular test systems for a wide variety of industries.

In the New PXI Products section, we are showcasing PXI products recently released by members of the PXI Systems Alliance.

Our thanks go to Marvin Test Solutions, the sponsor for this month's issue.

Visit http://www.pxisa.org for more information.

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Modernizing Military Flightline Test Sets
With A PXI-Based, Ultra-Rugged Test Platform

Submitted by Marvin Test Solutions
(Note: Autotest 2014, Marvin Test Solutions’ booth 619.)

The USAF's 309th Software Maintenance Group (SMXG) at Hill Air Force Base developed the PATS (Portable Automated Test Set)-70 which supports the testing of various A-10/C aircraft systems on the flightline. Based on Marvin Test Solutions' MTS-207, a state-of-the-art, ruggedized, portable PXI-based platform designed for flightline, back shop, and airborne applications, the MTS-207 provided the USAF with the necessary flexibility to add PXI test instrumentation and switching for supporting the A-10/C's  newly upgraded digital avionics.

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Figure 1. MTS collaborated with the United States Air Force (USAF) to create the modernized, portable flightline test sets for the A-10/C Thunderbolt II.

Updating the A-10/C’s Flightline Test Set

The A-10/C Thunderbolt II, also known as “Warthog,” is the premier attack aircraft used by the United States Air Force (USAF) for close air support. In 2008, this aircraft received upgraded digital avionics and precision weapons capabilities, and was given the new designation “A-10/C.” However, the A-10/C’s flightline tester – the Portable Automated Test Set-30 (PATS-30) – was not updated along with the aircraft, requiring flightline maintenance personnel to employ multiple test sets to maintain the latest A-10/C model.

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Monitor Large Blocks of Specturm and
Validate Satellite Signal Integrity

 

Submitted by Keysight Technologies

Challenge: Satellite manufacturers, operators and service providers need methods to ensure optimal satellite spectrum utilization. This task is complicated because each satellite band may contain several carriers, each with a different modulation format and symbol rate. Interfering carriers need to be detected and identified and several bands may need to be monitored at once, which has historically required multiple vector signal analyzers (VSA) or a wide-band, scanning VSA. Since monitoring stations can be geographically dispersed, requiring remote access and control, a compact, easy to transport solution allows improved deployment and maintenance.

Solution:  A small-footprint, cost-effective, and fast test system for monitoring large blocks of spectrum with precise digital modulation analysis is needed to address these challenges. If a sequential scanning model is used, it greatly reduces the cost and size of the equipment needed to meet test requirements.

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Thanks to all our readers.
Bob Helsel, Editor
www.pxisa.org

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New PXI Products

The PXI platform continues its explosive growth with many new product introductions. New products introduced in the last three months include (listed in the order received):

Pickering 40-525A PXI Signal Insertion and Monitor Matrix
Pickering Interfaces introduces the 40-525A, a 34x4 PXI signal insertion and monitor matrix with both switched and direct connection paths to the X and Y-axis. The 40-525A permits test signals to pass thru the switched X-axis to the unit under test (UUT) on the direct X connection, the switch allows each thru path to be opened to disconnect the stimulus signal. 

Keysight M9393A PXIe Performance Vector Signal Analyzer: 9 kHz to 27 GHz
A small-footprint, cost-effective, and fast test system for monitoring large blocks of spectrum with precise digital modulation analysis is needed to address these challenges. If a sequential scanning model is used, it greatly reduces the cost and size of the equipment needed to meet test requirements.

NI High-Speed Serial Module for PXI Express
The PXIe-6591R high-speed serial instrument is designed for engineers who need to validate, interface through, and test serial protocols. It consists of a Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA and is programmable in LabVIEW FPGA for maximum application-specific customization and reuse.

ADLINK PXIe-3985 Embedded Controller For Hybrid PXI Express-based Testing Systems
Featuring 2.4GHz quad-core Intel® Core™ i7-4700EQ processors (3.4GHz maximum in single-core, Turbo Boost mode) for maximum computing power and up to 16 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L memory, ADLINK’s PXIe-3985 utilizes four separate computing engines on a single processor to enable simultaneous execution of numerous independent tasks.

VTI Instruments EMX-4250 – PXI Express Multi-Channel Dynamic Signal Analyzer for Noise, Vibration and Harshness Testing
The EMX-4250 is a high density, "smart" PXI Express multi-channel dynamic signal analyzer (DSA) capable of sustaining 24-bit simultaneous sampling across all channels, up to 204.8 k Samples/Second.

 

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