Designers of general-purpose test and measurement equipment like oscilloscopes and logic analyzers have historically implemented custom designed hardware. With growing demand for lower costs and higher flexibility, Modular Instruments based on PXI (PCI extensions for instrumentation) are becoming increasingly popular. These systems share hardware resources (e.g. chassis, power supply, CPU), and utilize user-defined software to make custom measurements and support emerging standards.  

For your application-specific needs, you can now:

  • Easily implement modular PCIe-based function boards using Altera’s PCIe MegaCore® IP
  • Integrate multiple serializer/deserializer (SERDES) channels up to 12.5 Gbps, within Stratix® series FPGAs
  • Rapidly create custom functionality and interfaces using Stratix and Arria® series FPGAs and the Quartus® Prime design software

Figure 1. Modular-Based Systems