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PC-Based Measurement and Control Systems

PC-based measurement and control systems provide electrical and physical measurement capabilities for engineers who need a customizable and accurate, yet cost-effective way of conducting bench top measurements.


In a CompactRIO system, a controller with a processor and user-programmable FPGA is populated with one or more conditioned I/O modules from NI or third- party vendors. These modules provide direct sensor connectivity and specialty functions. CompactRIO is available in both a rugged industrial form factor and board-level design.

A CompactRIO Controller combines a processor running NI Linux Real-Time, a programmable FPGA, and modular I/O with vision, motion, and display capabilities. The CompactRIO Controller is a rugged, reliable, high- performance, industrial-grade embedded controller with industry-standard certifications. It is ideal for applications that need waveform acquisition, high- speed control or signal processing, hardware algorithm acceleration, hardware reliable tasks, or unique timing and triggering.


Some models offer NI-DAQmx driver support and Time Sensitive Networking (TSN), which enables deterministic communication and synchronized measurements across standard Ethernet networks. This controller runs NI Linux Real‐Time, which combines the performance of a real‐time OS with the openness of Linux. You can use LabVIEW to create, debug, and deploy logic to the Xilinx FPGA and ARM or Intel processor.

The registered trademark Linux® is used pursuant to a sublicense from LMI, the exclusive licensee of Linus Torvalds, owner of the mark on a worldwide basis.


In a PXI system, a chassis provides power, cooling, and a communication bus for modular instruments or I/O modules. You can control these modules from either an embedded controller or an external PC, using one or several of NI’s specialized engineering software tools to customize your system.

Wireless Design & Test (RF)
RF Wireless Design Test

Vector Signal Transceiver
Vector Signal Transceivers combine a vector signal generator, vector signal analyzer, and user- programmable FPGA into one device. Use these products for RF and wireless applications such as cellular device testing and RFIC characterization.

Spectrum and Signal Analyzers
Spectrum and Signal Analyzers measure electrical signals in the frequency and time domain. Use these products for applications such as wireless communications, RFIC characterization, RADAR test, spectrum monitoring, and signal intelligence.

Network Analyzer

Network Analyzers measure magnitude, phase, and impedance of radio frequency (RF) devices. You can use them to make precise, repeatable RF measurements in RF design, validation, and production test systems.

Network Analyzer

RF Signal Generators

RF Signal Generator products generate different types of signals—ranging from pulsed to modulated to continuous wave. You can use these products for RFIC testing, radar and electronic warfare, automated test, and other applications.

RF Signal Generators

RF and Microwave Switches

RF Signal Conditioning provides signal manipulation capabilities for high-frequency or broadband signals. You can use these products to augment the capabilities of connected instruments to improve attributes like accuracy and frequency range.

RF Microwave Switches


Data Acquisition And Control

Data acquisition involves gathering signals from measurement sources and digitizing the signals for storage, analysis, and presentation on a PC. NI Offer different products to acquire and control different electrical or physical phenomenon such as voltage, current, temperature, pressure, Force, sound, Position displacement, motion control, Vehicle communication Buses.

Data Acquisition and Control

Electronics Functional Test

Test engineers must build performance- and cost- optimized systems while developing quickly to meet demanding new product introduction (NPI) schedules. When building or buying a test system, remember that the best solutions scale to meet escalating requirements, simplify development, and improve sustainability.

Serving manufacturers directly and through integration partners, NI has been a leader in test for over 40 years. NI’s platform approach to test combines high-performance instrumentation with test development, sequencing, and management software tools to ensure you meet your specifications, time to market schedules, and budgets.

Electronic Functional Test

Wireless Device Test

Driven largely by the Internet of Things (IoT) and the explosion of wireless standards, wireless has become an integral part of connected devices. NI creates fast and cost-effective wireless test solutions that help you to design innovative and high-quality products. NI solutions simplify parallel test, shorten test times, and reduce test cost. 

NI test solutions span from conformance to high- volume manufacturing and from 5G to 802.11ax to near eld communication (NFC) and wireless charging. The NI vector signal transceiver (VST) is designed for fast and accurate testing of a wide range of wireless devices, including WLAN access points, cellular handsets, and infotainment systems.

Machine Vision

NI provides hardware and software tools for image acquisition and processing to address applications such as quality and process control, automated testing for semiconductor, automotive and electronics, intelligent monitoring, and medical imaging.

Machine Vision

Engineering Education

USRP Software Defined Radio Device

The USRP Software De ned Radio Device is a tunable universal software radio peripheral (USRP), which is a computer-hosted transceiver used to develop and explore software de ned radios. With this device, students are introduced to modulation schemes, ways to modify them in LabVIEW, and the underlying mathematics and system design that go into most RF applications.

USRP radio device

With the myRIO reconfigurable, portable, embedded controller, students learn to design and implement control systems. They can easily accomplish tasks such as component integration, state machine design, and motor control with myRIO and LabVIEW. Though myRIO has fewer features than NI ELVIS III, it is the perfect solution for courses where portability and at-home lab exercises are important.


Analog Discovery 2

Gives students access to a 100 MS/s oscilloscope, a logic analyzer, and six other instruments in a pocket-sized lab device. The Analog Discovery 2 transforms any PC into an electrical engineering workstation. This USB-powered device enables students to build and test analog and digital circuits in any environment with the functionality of traditional benchtop instruments. In addition to the 100 MS/s two-channel oscilloscope, the Analog Discovery 2 provides a two-channel waveform generator, 16-channel logic analyzer, 16-channel digital pattern generator, spectrum analyzer, network analyzer, voltmeter, and ±5 VDC adjustable power supplies.

Analog Discovery 2

myDAQ introduces students to real engineering projects using intuitive software with built-in instructions. The projects are designed to teach students basic programming and data acquisition fundamentals to better prepare them for future engineering courses while the software walks students through how to complete the project with helpful tips and videos on using the software and hardware.

Elvis III
NI ELVIS III engages students in experimentation with mechatronic concepts and initial designs by providing seven benchtop instruments in an intuitive, online interface. Students can use this interface to create designs with the 58 different inputs and outputs that are all programmable with LabVIEW and Python.
Elvis III


NI ELVIS III and the Emona Communications Board can help you teach introductory digital and analog communications topics using a completely hands-on approach. Students are engaged with building, measuring, and experimenting on communications systems that are usually only theorized in textbooks. Help them explore various modulation schemes, superheterodyne topology, recovered data restoration, and more communications architecture topics.

Emona Communication Board


Using NI ELVIS III with the TI Power Electronics Board, students obtain a well-rounded understanding of power electronics. They first experiment with simulations and then move to hardware using functional blocks to understand each element that makes up the system. Students build their own buck converters, regulators, and both DC-AC and AC-DC converters. Make students career-ready using a board designed by TI that accelerates the discovery of the power electronics systems they will see in the workforce.

TI Power Board

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