NI PXI-6542 Digital Waveform Generator/Analyzer for Interfacing Applications

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  • Not recommended for new designs. NI recommends the PXIe-6544/5/7/8.
  • Compatibility with 5.0, 3.3, 2.5, and 1.8 V (software-selectable)
  • 32 channels with per-channel direction control
  • Interactive waveform and script editor software
  • 100 MHz maximum clock rate
  • 8 or 64 Mb/channel onboard memory
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The National Instruments PXI-6542 is a 100 MHz digital waveform generator/analyzer for interfacing to digital electronics. This module features 32 channels with per-channel direction control and deep onboard memory with triggering and pattern sequencing. Through the NI-HSDIO driver, you can configure the module for 5.0, 3.3, 2.5, or 1.8 V logic. You also can use the NI PXI-6542 with the NI Digital Waveform Editor, an interactive software tool for creating and editing digital waveforms. With the SMC, you can create mixed-signal test systems with digitizers, arbitrary waveform generators, and other digital waveform generator/analyzers, or you can synchronize multiple digital devices to build low-skew multichannel systems for interfacing to high-pin-count digital ICs and electronics.

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NI PXI-6542
- 778953-02 Qty $ 6,264 each
- 778953-03 Qty $ 7,395 each
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CB-2162 - 778592-01
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Cable - Shielded
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