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National Instruments’ Vector Signal Transceiver runs Broadcom Bluetooth and Wireless LAN test code with a little FPGA help

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Earlier this month, Broadcom and National Instruments (NI) inked a Manufacturing Test License (MTL) agreement that authorizes NI to provide manufacturing test solutions and modifiable application code to Broadcom’s wireless LAN and Bluetooth semiconductor device customers. NI’s MTL solution lowers the cost of factory test through direct integration into Broadcom software tools. The MTL test solutions and code run on the NI PXIe-5644R Vector Signal Transceiver (VST).


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National Instruments Vector Signal Transceiver (VST)



Here’s a description of the VST from a previous Xcell Daily blog post (“How Xilinx All Programmable technology has fundamentally changed business at National Instruments”):


“The NI VST is a $45,000 to $51,000 PXIe instrument module that’s based on a Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA. According to [NI’s COO and CFO Alex] Davern, the NI VST is the most financially successful product that NI has ever launched.”


The blog post continues:


“The full capabilities of the FPGA in the NI VST are exposed to the customer through NI’s LabVIEW FPGA software, which enables significant performance improvement for applications that need the speed boost. Davern said that the introduction of the VST ‘fundamentally changed’ and elevated NI’s status as a supplier of leading-edge test and measurement technology in the eyes of high-level management at NI’s key customers.”


Here’s a quote from the Broadcom/National Instruments press release confirming Davern’s statement: “National Instruments has established the ability to thoroughly test and calibrate our chipsets in both an R&D and manufacturing environment, meeting our requirements for accuracy and repeatability. Their equipment is already being successfully used by some of our leading customers to meet high-volume manufacturing throughput and availability expectations,” said Prasan Pai, Broadcom director of marketing.






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