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NI Announces Expansion of Vector Signal Transceiver Product Family to Cover X-Band Through Ka-Band Applications

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NI (Nasdaq: NATI), the provider of a software-defined platform that
helps accelerate the development and performance of automated test and
automated measurement systems, today announced the PXIe-5831 vector
signal transceiver (VST) to further address time-to-market challenges
for X-band, Ku-band and Ka-band radar and satellite communications
(SATCOM) components and systems.

As the electromagnetic spectrum rapidly evolves to keep up with
expanding requirements in areas like the electronic battlefield and
SATCOM, engineers need to reduce the time it takes to prototype,
validate and test radar and communication systems at higher frequency
bands. The PXIe-5831 VST with modular millimeter wave (mmWave) heads
expands the VST product family to provide frequency coverage up to 44
GHz. It delivers 1 GHz of instantaneous bandwidth for generation and
analysis and features a high-performance FPGA, so users can perform
faster and optimized measurements, inline signal processing and
high-speed data transfer.

“When the first VST was released in 2012, it revolutionized the way
high-performance RF test sets were developed, offering the dependability
of calibrated RF measurements, the flexibility of user-programmable
inline processing and the ability to program in LabVIEW or leverage
existing VHDL IP,” said Luke Schreier, vice president and general
manager of NI’s aerospace, defense and government business. “By
extending that capability to even more radar and SATCOM frequencies, we
are helping address the schedule, cost-of-test and quality issues
inherent in the development of complex transmit/receive systems. As a
company, we also gain significant technology leverage between these
applications and the commercial 5G sectors, which enables us to more
efficiently support the product.”

The PXIe-5831 combines the PXIe-5820 baseband VST with the PXIe-3622
vector signal upconverter/downconverter for direct RF generation and
analysis from 5 to 21 GHz. Modular mmWave heads further expand coverage
to include frequencies from 23 to 44 GHz with integrated and calibrated
switching for up to 32 channels. This enables multichannel beamformer
and phased-array measurements without the need for additional

The PXIe-5831 complements NI’s modular instrumentation portfolio of more
than 600 PXI products, ranging from DC to mmWave. It also offers NI
platform features such as high-throughput data movement using PCI
Express Gen 3 bus interfaces and performs subnanosecond synchronization
across PXI modules with integrated timing and triggering. Users can take
advantage of the productivity of LabVIEW software, the flexibility of
the LabVIEW FPGA Module and a vibrant ecosystem of partners, add-on IP
and applications engineers. These benefits help them adapt to
fast-changing technology and demanding technical requirements so they
can deliver new systems on time and on budget.

Learn more about the PXIe-5831
and NI’s solutions for radar and communications here.

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