NI upgrades scope & function generator in all-in-one bench instrument

February 16, 2017 // By Graham Prophet
An uprated model delivers 500 MHz analogue bandwidth and 40 MHz sine output for higher performance benchtop and automated test applications.

National Instruments' (NI) VB-8054 instrument is a higher performance model of VirtualBench, a unit that consolidates 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 characterize 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.”


The VB-8054 comprises;

- a 4-channel, 500 MHz mixed-signal oscilloscope with 2 Gsample/sec sampling rate and protocol analysis (34 digital channels)

- a function generator with 40 MHz max sine output, 5 MHz square, ramp/triangle, DC and arbitrary modes

-a true 5½ digit DMM with 300V input range

- three-channel programmable DC power supply (up to 3A) and

- eight general-purpose digital I/O lines

- a 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


The VirtualBench application requires zero installation and can load automatically through Windows AutoPlay when connected through USB. VirtualBench also includes software capabilities such as digital phosphor density maps for displaying multiple acquisitions simultaneously, XY mode for plotting channels against one another and hands-free smart capture for automatic