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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