VTI Instruments integrates the EX7000-OEM into all LXI RF/Microwave products in support of our commitment to provide products based on open-system platforms and ensure long-term viability. The EX7000-OEM is the natural solution for engineers who wish to leverage an open-platform architecture for internal requirements, and provide a common infrastructure that can be reused for future application needs.
Unmatched performance and modularity
The EX7000-OEM is controlled via a standard Ethernet interface and conforms to all the powerful features of LXI Class A, which includes an industry standard discovery method, LVDS triggering and IEEE-1588 for precise time-based synchronization with other LXI devices. An EX7000-OEM provides 72 driver channels capable of sinking 410 mA, 12 reset/control lines, and a 32-bit TTL port; all designed for controlling virtually any type of RF/Microwave relay or component.
Up to seven expansion driver boards (EX7000-72) can be added for designs that require additional drive control for a maximum of 576 high-current sink channels, 96 reset/control lines and 256 TLL I/O ports.
Reduced costs through standardization
The greatest value that the EX7000-OEM brings any organization is its ability to eliminate the need to rely on a proprietary software driver and communications interface during application code development, which can result in a unique implementation for every configuration. Application programs can simply command the RFIU or assembly utilizing “path-level” IVI programming (C or COM) on either Linux or Windows machines. A powerful, very intuitive, on-board JAVA applet used in conjunction with VTI Instruments’ on-line “Best in Class” sourcing database enables the EX7000-OEM to be adapted internally for any mix of components that need to be programmatically controlled.
Sustained global service and support
One of the biggest challenges often presented by an in-house development occurs years later when it is time to service or reproduce the hardware. Poor documentation and lack of access to the original designers can result in costly roadblocks that must be cleared. The EX7000-OEM allows users to maintain design-critical information, including component attributes and links to datasheets, and access this information from anywhere in the world. Relay cycle counts, which can assist in preventative maintenance, and fault indicator circuitry available on some components can also be monitored remotely to further reduce system downtime.