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From Bob Helsel,
Editor, AXIe Newsletter

Welcome to the September 2014 issue of the AXIe Newsletter.

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AXIe Delivers Multi-Vendor Solutions
for Advanced Radar and
Electronic Warfare Applications


By Mark Elo, Giga-tronics

Whether designing operational radar and EW (electronic warfare) systems, or testing the associated LRUs (Line Replaceable Units) after deployment, a testing team is often challenged to accomplish the tasks using COTS (Commercial Off-the-Shelf) test equipment.  Until recently, the advanced nature of the signals and the lack of a high power modular infrastructure made this a nearly impossible goal. Thanks to AXIe® (AdvancedTCA® eXtensions for Instrumentation), this is no longer the case.

AXIe is a high performance modular system that is based on LAN and a high speed PCIe® backplane.  Like PXI®, It is an open system, which allows a user to mix and match modules from various vendors to create the test system of their choice.  The COTS requirement is met by acquiring modules, chassis, and software from commercial vendors.  AXIe supports up to 200 watts per slot.  This, coupled with a board area and module volume that is several times that of PXI, makes it an ideal platform for addressing high performance testing applications.  In the software domain, AXIe systems act like PXI systems, leveraging the same software.  Therefore, familiar software products such as Microsoft Visual Studio, National Instrument LabVIEW®, or MathWorks MATLAB® easily work with AXIe systems.

This paper will present example AXIe systems configured to address radar and EW applications.  It is useful to note that there are generally two classes of measurements- receiver testing (where signal generation is required), and transmitter testing (where signal analysis is required).  HIL testing (Hardware in the loop), typically requires both.  Fortunately, high performance AXIe signal generation and analysis modules make all of this possible.




Thanks to all our readers.
Bob Helsel, Editor





New AXIe Products

The members of the AXIe Consortium continue to release a steady flow of new products based on the AXIe standard, some of which are spotlighted below:

AXIe-1 Base Architecture Specification Products

AXIe 65 GSa/s & 20 GHz High-Speed Arbitrary Waveform Generator

GT-ASG18A Advanced Signal Generator

M9521A AXIe System Module

M9514A AXIe 14-Slot Chassis


IPMI Shelf Manager Card With Redundant IPMB

M9703A AXIe eight-channel wideband digital receiver/digitizer

M8061A Multiplexer 2:1 With De-Emphasis 28 Gb/s

M8192A Multi-Channel Synchronization Module for M8190A

U4431A MIPI M-PHY Protocol Analyzer

U4421A Protocol Analyzer and Exerciser for MIPI D-PHY Interfaces

ADC 6000 Series AXIe-based Digitizer Module

DDR Logic Analyzer U4154A

AWG (Arbitrary Waveform Generator) M8190A

AXIe-3.1 Semiconductor Test Extension Products

AX500 - AXIe Benchtop System

High Volume Production Test System



AXIe-0: The Inside Story
of a New Modular Instrument Standard

By Larry Desjardin, Modular Methods

There’s a new modular instrument standard announced!  It’s called “AXIe Zero”, titled “Low Cost Instrument and Switch Architecture”, and written as AXIe-0.  Like Coke Zero, AXIe-0 is the diet version of its namesake, AXIe.  But instead of cutting calories, AXIe-0 cuts cost and complexity.

I’m going to tell you about it. But before I do, I need to give you full disclosure.  I led the technical committee that designed it.  

So, I’m not a disinterested party. Readers know that I have opined greatly in this column; reporting the news of modular instrumentation and giving (I hope) intelligent commentary. Now the shoe is on the other hand! So, I am now going to tell you, first person, what this is all about.

I am a member of PXI, VXI, and AXIe consortia.  At an AXIe Consortium meeting, less than one year ago, I volunteered to lead a technical committee to reduce the cost of AXIe, so much that it could be used for electronic switching.  My offer was quickly accepted (!) and the committee was formed.



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