RIGOL Technologies, maker of digital oscilloscopes, functional/arbitrary waveform generators, digital multimeters, and virtual instruments, has become the first LXI Consortium member from mainland China. The RIGOL DS1204B digital oscilloscope was certified in February 2008, six months after the company first joined the group. RIGOL's U.S. general manager explains the the company is developing LXI instruments because users have asked for a GPIB replacement.

Introduced in 2005, the LXI standard has been implemented by numerous hardware and software companies, as well as systems integrators. Member companies assert that LXI is the next step in the test-and-measurement instrument interface, and that LXI can make it easier for test system designers and integrators to create faster, more efficient systems. To date, almost 500 products have been certified as being compliant with the LXI standard and annual sales of LXI-equipped test and measurement equipment now exceed $200 million.

The LXI Consortium is a non-profit corporation that works to develop, support, and promote the LXI standard. LXI has flexible packaging, high-speed I/O, and standardized use of LAN connectivity to address a range of commercial, industrial, aerospace, and military applications.

Additional information about LXI-compliant products as well as licensing, specifications, and Consortium membership is available at www.lxistandard.org.