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PXI vector signal transceiver first to deliver 2 GHz bandwidth

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting


NI has announced the most versatile and capable Vector Signal Transceiver (VST), the third generation PXIe-5842. The only VST to offer continuous frequency coverage from 50 MHz all the way up to 23 GHz, the PXIe-5842 doubles the available instantaneous bandwidth from 1 GHz, on the previous generation, to 2 GHz and provides best-in-class RF performance on key metrics such as Error Vector Magnitude (EVM) and Average Noise Density.

Rapidly changing wireless technologies present new risks and challenges for the industry. The increased complexity of technologies, standards and frequencies, coupled with pressures for faster time to market, have created a demand for products to cover all bands in a single instrument. The PXIe-5842 is the highest-performing PXI VST instrument available. EVM performance has been improved by 3 dB for key Wi-Fi 7 and 5G NR waveforms.

Featuring a low cost, scalable approach, the PXIe-5842 is the only PXI product that can offer a single instrument that can be configured to 8 GHz for sub-8 cellular and Wi-Fi applications, 12 GHz for cellular and connectivity applications, and 23 GHz for applications that require the ultimate flexibility on frequency spectrum ranging from VHF to Ku for applications such as radar target simulation and spectrum monitoring in electronic warfare and satellite communications.

“The PXIe-5842 can be configured to offer 23 GHz, two times the coverage of competitor’s models,” said Chen Chang, Strategic Business Development Director, NI. “At 2 GHz bandwidth, the PXIe-5842 provides a 67% increase in bandwidth over currently available models, giving our customers the competitive advantage.”

Traditional RF box instrumentation can be bulky, expensive, and lacking versatility. The PXIe-5842 offers excellent measurement accuracy and can measure 802.11be EVM performance of more than –49 dB, for standard compliant test cases. Its scalability and simplified test benches offer customers one instrument and one connection.

Key features of the PXIe-5842 VST include:

  1. Continuous frequency coverage from 50 MHz up to 23 GHz;
  2. 2 GHz instantaneous bandwidth;
  3. Direct RF path below 1.75 GHz;
  4. Baseband conditioning modes optimized for Wide Bandwidth or High Dynamic Range;
  5. MGT connectors for streaming at full data rate (Q1 2023);
  6. Increasing test coverage capability with best-in-class VST performance;
  7. Combine multiple VSTs in one integrated PXIe system for MIMO applications, allowing for up to 4×4 MIMO configuration into one 18-slot chassis;
  8. Common software tools to PXIe-583x and PXIe-5841 for a seamless upgrade experience.

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