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LXI Test Systems Provide Flexibility for Testing Automobile Antenna Amplifiers with VPC's G18

Category: G18
Company: LXinstruments
Industry: Automotive | Platform: LXI

Auto Antenna tester

LXinstruments, a system integrator located in Böblingen, Germany, focuses on helping customers build electronic functional test systems. The LXinstruments team recently built a system for testing automotive antenna amplifiers for different German automobile manufacturers using an open LXI (LAN eXtensions for Instrumentation) platform and Agilent LXI test instruments using VPC's G18 interface.

The new system includes Agilent LXI power supplies, an Agilent 34980A multifunction switch/measure unit (to switch low-frequency signals, provide automation control, and make DMM measurements), and two RF switch boxes designed and integrated by LXinstruments and controlled by the 34980A. VPC's G18 serves as the main interface between the system and the fixture.

With cable assemblies specific to each modular instrument used in the Agilent 34980A, VPC's G18 provides a reliable and repeatable interface designed to withstand 20,000 mating cycles. The use of the G18 enables the transfer of digital and analog signals, as well as RF signals. Furthermore, power contacts and pneumatic contacts come into operation within one system.