SOURCE: LXI Consortium

June 23, 2008 11:50 ET

LXI Consortium Hosted the First Public LXI Day at 12th PlugFest

Twenty-Eight New Products Were Certified as LXI Compliant

NIWOT, CO--(Marketwire - June 23, 2008) - The LXI Consortium hosted their 12th PlugFest and the first ever LXI Day in Toronto. While the PlugFest on May 21 and 22 was an LXI Consortium members-only event, LXI Day, which Testforce Systems Inc. hosted on Friday, May 23, was for the general test and measurement community. This complimentary special event showcased technical application presentations that explained benefits offered by LXI, its importance to the future of test and measurement, and how it can be implemented in a diverse array of applications. Working demonstrations of LXI products were also held.

During LXI Day attendees learned technical basics and benefits, including setup and configuration. They were also given the opportunity to consult with industry experts and some of the more than 50 member LXI companies.

"We were very pleased with the response to our first LXI Day," said Bob Rennard, president of the LXI Consortium. "The opportunity to get new groups excited and involved in LXI is a priority, especially as the adoption of LXI-compliant devices accelerates and the value of LXI continues to increase."

Presenters and topics covered during LXI Day included:

--  ComDev - LXI Adoption Among Small To Medium Size Test And Measurement
    Equipment Manufacturers
--  Testforce Systems - Integrating LXI-based Systems:  A Manufacturer's
--  Messier Dowty - Challenges in Developing a Multi-Channel High-speed
    DAQ System
--  Agilent Technologies - Antenna Measurement Application using LXI class
--  VXI Technology - Hybrid Systems
--  Keithley - Example Applications of an LXI Class-B Enabled Switch/DMM

These presentations can be downloaded for free as a Podcast or a PDF from the LXI web site at

The LXI Consortium uses PlugFests to test new instruments to assure they meet the requirements of the LXI Standard. An independent testing lab is hired and paid for by the LXI consortium during the PlugFest and offered as a free service to all LXI members. It's also a time for numerous technical and marketing committees involved with the development of the standard to meet and discuss the standard and technology advancements. The Consortium announced that these products were certified as LXI-compliant since the last PlugFest, which was held February 11, 2008.

   Manufacturer                       Functionality                  Class
====================  ============================================= =======
                      Infiniium 90000 Series High Performance
Agilent               Oscilloscopes (6 models)                      Class C

Agilent               Attenuation Control Unit (3 models)           Class C

Agilent               MXG Analog Signal Generator 10 GHz, 31.8 GHz,
                      and 40 GHz (3 models)                         Class C

Agilent               Network Analyzer, 26.5 GHz                    Class C

C&H Technologies      64 Channel LXI Event Detector
                      128 Channel LXI Event Detector                Class C

Xantrex/Elgar         ReFlex Power                                  Class C

Pickering             High Density 512x4 EMR Matrix
                      High Density 512x8 EMR Matrix                 Class C

Rigol Technologies    5 1/2 Digital Multimeter                      Class C

Rigol Technologies    2 Channel 60 MHz Oscilloscopes
                      4 Channel 60 MHz Oscilloscopes
                      2 Channel 100 MHz Oscilloscopes
                      4 Channel 100 MHz Oscilloscopes
                      2 Channel 200 MHz Oscilloscopes               Class C

Rohde & Schwarz       3 GHz Vector Network Analyzer
                      6 GHz Vector Network Analyzer                 Class C

Rohde & Schwarz       50 GHz Vector Network Analyzer                Class C

VXI Technology        Thermocouple and Voltage Instrument           Class A

The PlugFest conducted interoperability tests on eligible instruments using five different software packages. This included assembling and testing a network of instruments using standard networking components. The interoperability testing places products in real-world scenarios that demonstrate how the discovery setup protocols enable a system to be assembled from disparate components and still deliver the speed, simplicity, and power for which LXI-certified instruments are known.

Introduced in 2005, the LXI Standard has been rapidly adopted by more than 50 companies, representing a who's who of the test and measurement industry. They recognize LXI as the natural evolution of the test and measurement instrument interface, making it easier for test system designers and integrators to create faster, more efficient systems. To date, more than 500 products have been certified as being compliant with the LXI Standard, and annual sales of LXI-equipped test and measurement equipment now exceed $200 million (US).

About LXI and the LXI Consortium

The LXI Standard creates new capabilities that optimize test throughput, overall system performance, and cost efficiency in a way that allows engineers to build powerful, web-enabled test systems in less time. The LXI Consortium, a not-for-profit corporation comprised of leading test and measurement companies, manages the Standard. The group's goals are to develop, support, and promote the LXI Standard. LXI's flexible packaging, high-speed I/O, and standardized use of LAN connectivity address a broad range of commercial, industrial, aerospace, and military applications.

Additional information about LXI-compliant products as well as licensing, specifications, and Consortium membership is available at

Contact Information

    Joel Goldstein
    Goldstein Group Communications, for LXI Consortium
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    Bob Helsel
    LXI Consortium
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