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PXI Market to Change the Face of the Test and Measurement Industry

  • August 2014
  • 133 pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
Report ID: 2314487


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The PXI-based instrumentation market is the fastest-growing segment in the automated electronic test market. The measurement speed of the platform and its flexibility attract customers across industries looking to reduce their cost of test/time to market. In this study, external challenges are identified and form the basis for the revenue forecast. The base year is 2013 and the forecast period runs through 2020. The market is further analyzed from various perspectives including component/module, end user, product lifecycle, and geography. The competitive landscape is expected to change significantly in the next few years. A detailed market share analysis is included, identifying the companies expected to outperform the market.

Executive Summary
M a r k e t O v e r v i e w

This study focuses on the market for PXI-based instrumentation in electronic test applications. PXI is an open standard for modular instrumentation, enabling customers to mix and match products from multiple vendors to build test systems. Standing for PCI eXtension for Instrumentation, it can be found in two forms, PXI and PXIe, which was introduced in 2005. While there are applications for PXI-based instrumentation in areas such as data acquisition, motion control, and industrial communications, this research focuses on electronic test applications.

PXI-based instrumentation in data acquisition applications is covered separately in Frost & Sullivan's Global Data Acquisition Hardware and Software Markets study. Although
it is sometimes difficult to label an application as electronic test or data acquisition, the research has done its best effort on this front defining data acquisition applications as measuring and analyzing physical phenomena. In addition, revenues from system integrators that assemble modules from the manufacturers into test systems for the customer are not considered within the scope of this study.

P r o d u c t C o v e r a g e
PXI-based instrumentation in electronic test applications includes the following products:
- Mainframe/chassis
- Instrument controllers
- Digital Input/Output (I/O) modules
- Digitizers/oscilloscopes
- Signal generators
- Signal analyzers
- Network analyzers
- Digital multimeters (DMM)
- Switches
- Power supplies
- Direct current (DC) sources, source measure units (SMU), and parametric measurement units (PMU)
- Other modules such as power meters, logic analyzers, bit error rate testers, and so on

E n d - u s e r C o v e r a g e
PXI-based instrumentation in electronic test applications is used in the following industries:
- Communications, including wireline and wireless, and semiconductors used in communications devices
- Aerospace and defense
- Automotive and transportation
- Industrial electronics
- Consumer electronics, which exclude handsets and tablets that are covered in the communications segment
- Other end users such as medical devices, universities, research laboratories, power generation, semiconductors (other than those related to communications) and so on

A p p l i c a t i o n C o v e r a g e
PXI-based instrumentation in electronic test applications is mainly used in manufacturing applications and making inroads into research and development applications. However, the study covers the market in all applications of the product lifecycle, which are categorized as follows:
- Research and development
- Manufacturing
- Field
Note: Design validation applications also called device characterization applications are covered in the research and development application segment.

G e o g r a p h i c C o v e r a g e
The test and measurement equipment market is a global market and as such PXI-based instrumentation is used across all regions of the world. The market is segmented as follows from a geographic perspective:
- North America, which includes the United States and Canada
- Europe, which includes Western, Eastern and Central Europe, as well as Russia and the CIS countries
- Asia-Pacific, which includes China, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, and Australia and New Zealand
- Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa Competitive Overview
Although there are other open modular standards in the test and measurement market, namely VXI and AXIe, the key competitive technology to PXI-based instrumentation in electronic test applications is actually traditional box instrumentation. Leading companies in this market include Keysight Technologies (formerly Agilent Technologies), Rohde & Schwarz, and Anritsu.

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