NI upgrades VirtualBench oscilloscope and function generator

February 16, 2017 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting

NI has announced the VB-8054 instrument, a new higher performance model of VirtualBench. VirtualBench plays a key role in reducing the cost and footprint of test and measurement systems by consolidating five of the most commonly used instruments into one device without compromising the performance of each instrument.

Combined with a modern software experience and simple programming interface, VirtualBench creates new efficiencies for engineers interacting with benchtop test equipment or developing low-cost automated test systems.
“Engineering workbenches and test systems are getting more and more crowded every day as technologies converge in the latest smart devices,” said Luke Schreier, director of automated test product marketing at NI. “VirtualBench provides the ideal combination of capability at performance levels that can legitimately replace five or more instruments needed to characterise new product designs or validate assembled units on a production floor. With 500 MHz of scope bandwidth and a faster generator in the latest model, VirtualBench meets the needs of even more engineers wrestling with how to lower their cost of capital equipment.”
Key new features of the VB-8054 include a four-channel, 500 MHz mixed-signal oscilloscope with 2 GS/s sampling rate and protocol analysis (34 digital channels) as well as function generator with 40 MHz maximum sine output, 5 MHz square, ramp/triangle, DC and arbitrary modes.

Additional capabilities of the VirtualBench family include

  • True 5½ digit DMM with 300 V input range, three-channel programmable DC power supply (up to 3 A) and eight general-purpose digital I/O lines;
  • Intuitive, unified software view of all five instruments, visualization on larger displays and quick functionality to save data and screenshots;
  • USB, Ethernet and WiFi connectivity to Windows software application and WiFi connectivity to Apple iPad software application;
  • Programming interfaces to automate measurements in LabVIEW and C environments.


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