Big analogue data challenge to be addressed at Microwave Week

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NI to attend Microwave Week with systems to address the big analogue data challenge facing spectrum monitoring and electronic warfare systems.

National Instruments will be exhibiting at European Microwave Week 2015, from the 8th to the 10th September in Paris, featuring new LabVIEW FPGA programmable systems for RF and microwave applications. NI will be showcasing a variety of new products and technologies on stand E112, including:

* Advanced systems for spectrum monitoring and electronic warfare using the new NI controller for FlexRIO and PXIe-5668R 26.5 GHz RF signal analyser.
* A 5G demonstration highlighting LabVIEW Communications System Design Suite and GFDM waveform technology.
* High-volume, parallel wireless production test using NI’s new Wireless Test System (WTS).

Each of these applications requires consuming, processing and storing massive amounts of analogue data, and is part of the “Big Analog Data” challenge. In electronic warfare applications, engineers are designing systems to acquire, analyse and sometimes generate gigabytes in real time.  Similarly, with 5G prototyping, systems are required to aggregate and process massive amounts of data from multiple antennas in order to achieve gigabits per second of data throughput. The NI platform addresses these challenges by utilising signal-processing tools such as FPGAs and multi-core CPUs through the abstraction capabilities of graphical system design software such as LabVIEW.

In addition to the technical demonstrations in the exhibition at European Microwave Week, NI will also be hosting the second annual RF and Microwave PA Forum, focusing on the device technologies, characterisation, modelling and end-use applications of RF and microwave power amplifiers (PAs). NI will also be presenting a number of MicroApps papers on topics such as phased-array radar systems, millimeter wave product design and pulsed power measurements.

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