Newsletter Issue: Q2, 2013
The New VXIbus Consortium Website
The new VXIbus Consortium website is designed to help you access the VXI information you need quickly and easily. It contains the latest information on the VXIbus standard. Go to www.vxibus.org.
The Staying Power of VXI
VXI is still a very important platform for the large Mil/Aero testers it was designed to address. There is an enormous installed base and investment in system integration of VXI products in Mil/Aero, where a great deal of the switching, stimulus, and measurement is handled by VXI. Here is a list of the major core ATE test systems used by the DOD, where VXI products have significant presence:
Mil/Aero programs move at a much different pace due to the complexity of the devices they are testing, as compared to consumer products. These Mil/Aero devices and test systems require long-term support, which is a value often ignored when making market predictions and growth. With continuing USA budget constraints and multi-year extensions of existing programs, it is unlikely major changes to system architectures will occur any time soon. That is, if a test system is doing its job, it is much more difficult to acquire funding for new projects or technology refresh or replacement programs, especially since re-hosting and requalification represent significant investment. These programs will continue to invest in VXI to keep test systems alive and meeting test requirements.
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