Why go LXI? Why not? It costs money; is it worth it?
While most major Test and Measurement companies are members of the LXI Consortium; there are a couple notables missing: Tektronix and Anritsu. Interesting in that these two work to offer solutions which solve timing and synchronization issues – especailly Tek with their latest triggering feature set in the RSA6100A Real Time Spectrum Analyzer.
Yet, you don’t hear much about users rallying for LXI so I’ve got to wonder what it really brings to the table. The consortium will only be five years old in September so maybe it’s too early to expect much.
I still often end up pointing users I consult with to good ol’ GPIB, actually GPIB+ with higher speed, especially in applications that are simply controlling instruments and returning simple data (and not much of it). The overhead required in LAN can actually slow down testing and instrument control in some cases.
What are your thoughts on LXI; is it a “must-have” on your list of test equipment specs?