Already in 2005, TSEP busies itself with the industry standard LXI. The LXI standard defines how measurement instruments should behave at the network interface. Additionally, the LXI standard includes features, which should simplify or rather allow an interaction between several measurement instruments in a network.

In 2014, the LXI Consortium decided to create an own reference implementation of that standard and provide it to its members free of charge. After intense conversations, TSEP has been assigned with the preparation of the reference implementation. At this point, TSEP already had realized several implementations in the LXI environment. At the beginning of 2016, the version 1.0 was released by the LXI Consortium and has been provided to the members of the LXI Consortium. The version 1.1 of the reference design, which contains new features like the support of Windows 10 or CMake, shall be released in June.

Already in 2005, TSEP busies itself with this industry standard LXI. The LXI standard defines how measurement instruments should behave at the network interface. Additionally, the LXI standard includes features, which should simplify or rather allow an interaction between several measurement instruments in a network.

At the beginning of the new millennium, it has become increasingly important to connect measurement instruments simply. This has become necessary due to the fact, that measurement instrument manufacturers had to realize increasingly complex measurement scenarios and processes. These complex requirements demanded to integrate progressively more measurement instruments like generators, analyzers, switching units, etc. As a consequence, all devices had to be connected to the control computer, due to the programming of the measuring procedure.

The previous approaches were based on the IEC Bus (GPIB or IEEE488), which limited the interchangeability, flexibility and expandability. Through the widespread use of Ethernet, in the range of home PC as well as industry, the LAN interface presented itself as an alternative for a standardized Bus for measurement instruments. Therefore, the leading T&M companies decided to establish a standard based on the Ethernet network in 2004. To achieve this and to define the LXI standard, a nonprofit consortium was founded in 2004.

In 2014, the LXI Consortium decided to create an own reference implementation of that standard and provide it to its members free of charge. After intense conversations, TSEP has been assigned with the preparation of the reference implementation. At this point, TSEP already had realized several implementations in the LXI environment. At the beginning of 2016, the version 1.0 was released by the LXI Consortium and has been provided to the members of the LXI Consortium. The version 1.1 of the reference design, which contains new features like the support of Windows 10 or CMake, shall be released in June.

TSEP supports measurement instrument manufactures at the certification of their instruments and during the maintenance phase by performing LXI conformance tests according to software releases.

    • TSEP may provide advisory and supportive help for measurement instrument manufactures
    • TSEP may also perform the certification by measurement instrument manufactures at a LXI Plugfest
    • Additionally, TSEP may support measurement instrument manufactures after the certification, if the consisting certification has to be validated after software releases
    • TSEP owns an entire LXI conformance test setup including a LXI test suite and appropriate trained employees to perform these tests

Since February 2015, TSEP is a certificated test house and is able to certificate LXI devices independently.

Already in 2005, TSEP busies itself with the industry standard LXI. The LXI standard defines how measurement instruments should behave at the network interface. Additionally, the LXI standard includes features, which should simplify or rather allow an interaction between several measurement instruments in a network.

TSEP provides following services:

    • Certification of measurement instruments
    • Support at the development during the implementation of the LXI standard
    • Complete implementation of the LXI standard including certification

 

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