Today at NIWeek, NI announced a joint effort with Tektronix to develop a new digitizer product with a sampling rate that significantly extends the performance of PXI modular instrumentation. According to Eric Starkloff, VP of marketing, the digitizer will have greater than 3 GHz bandwidth and sample rates of more than 10 GS/s as compared to 2 GS/s with existing technology. During the keynote session, NI measured the rise time of a digital pulse to demonstrate how the higher sampling rate will allows users to grab more points along the rising edge of the signal for greater accuracy.
In this collaborative effort, Tektronix is providing its proprietary ASICs technology and the front end signal conditioning. NI is working on the memory and timing control at the back end, as well as the PXI interface software drivers. The team is currently working with lead users and expect to introduce the product in early 2010.
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. I’ve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
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