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NI 5152/5153/5154 Calibration Procedure

Calibration Executive 4.0 Help

Edition Date: March 2017

Part Number: 374564H-01

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This topic contains information for calibrating the National Instruments PCI/PXI-5152/5153/5154 and PCI-5153EX using Calibration Executive.

Calibration Executive Procedure Features:

Adjustment

Supported
Manual Mode

Supported
Selectable Test Points

Unsupported

Approximate Test Time: 35 minutes

Test Equipment|Test Conditions|Device Setup|Test Limit Equations

Test Equipment

The following table lists the test equipment required for calibrating the NI 5152/5153/5154.

Required EquipmentRecommended EquipmentParameter MeasuredMinimum Requirements
Scope Calibrator(NI 5152/5153)
Fluke 9500B with
Fluke 9510 Test Head

(NI 5154)
Fluke 9500B/1100 with
Fluke 9510 Test Head
DC AccuracyDC ±(0.025% + 25 µV) into 1 MΩ or 50 Ω
Bandwidth,
Trigger Sensitivity
(NI 5152) ±2% output amplitude flatness for leveled sine wave up to 300 MHz relative to 50 kHz into 50 Ω

(NI 5153) ±3% output amplitude flatness for leveled sine wave up to 500 MHz relative to 50 kHz into 50 Ω

(NI 5154) ±4% output amplitude flatness for leveled sine wave up to 1100 MHz relative to 50 kHz into 50 Ω
Timing±2 ppm frequency accuracy
Function Generator Agilent 33220ATrigger Accuracy±5% output amplitude flatness for leveled sine wave up to 10 Vpk-pk and 11 MHz relative to 50 kHz into 50 Ω
BNC Power SplitterMini-Circuits Power Splitter ZSC 2-1+Trigger AccuracyInsertion Loss: < 4 dB at 10 MHz
Amplitude Imbalance: 0.2 dB
BNC Feedthrough TerminatorPomona 4119Trigger Accuracy50 Ω
Frequency Range: DC to 10.1 MHz
VSWR: 1.1 at 10 MHz
BNC Cables (x3)50 Ω, identical in length and cable material
PXI ChassisPXI-1042,
PXI-1042Q
Use for PXI modules


Note Note  The Agilent 332xx are the only function generators supported in automated mode.

Test Conditions

The following setup and environmental conditions are required to ensure the NI 5152/5153/5154 meets published specifications.

  • Always connect the calibrator test head directly to the input BNC of the digitizer, or use a short 50 Ω BNC coaxial cable if necessary. Long cables and wires act as antennas, picking up extra noise that can affect measurements.
  • Keep relative humidity between 10 and 90% non-condensing, or consult the digitizer hardware specifications for the optimum relative humidity.
  • Maintain an ambient temperature of 23 ±5 °C.
  • Allow a warm-up time of at least 15 minutes after the NI-SCOPE driver is loaded. Unless manually disabled, the NI-SCOPE driver automatically loads with the operating system and enables the device. The warm-up time ensures that the measurement circuitry of the NI 515x is at a stable operating temperature.
  • Plug the PXI chassis or PC and the calibrator into the same power strip to avoid ground loops.
  • (PXI) Ensure that the PXI chassis fan speed is set to HIGH, that the fan filters are clean, and that the empty slots contain filler panels. For more information, refer to the Maintain Forced Air Cooling Note to Users, which is available at ni.com/manuals.

Device Setup

  1. Install the NI 5152/5153/5154 in the PXI chassis or PC according to the instructions in the NI High-Speed Digitizers Getting Started Guide.
  2. Configure the hardware using Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX).
  3. Launch the Calibration Executive procedure and complete the setup wizard.
Note Note  If the NI 515x module fails after calibration, return it to NI for repair or replacement.

Test Limit Equations

The following test limits are derived from the published specifications.

NI 5152

Vertical Gain

TestLimits = ±1.26% (Error)

Error = {[(measured positive voltage – measured negative voltage) / (applied positive voltage – applied negative voltage)] – 1} * 100

Within ±5 °C of self-calibration temperature

Vertical Offset

Range Vpk-pk 0.1 to 1

TestLimits = TestValue ± (1.0% of FS + 500 µV)

Within ±5 °C of self-calibration temperature

Range Vpk-pk 2 to 10

TestLimits = TestValue ± (1.0% of FS + 5 mV)

Within ±5 °C of self-calibration temperature

Programmable Vertical Offset

TestLimits = TestValue ± 0.9% of offset settling

Within ±5 °C of self-calibration temperature

Timing Accuracy

515x timing equation

Bandwidth

TestLimits = TestValue ± 3 dB

Filter off

Bandwidth for 0 to 30 °C

Reduce by 0.25% per °C above 30 °C

Trigger Accuracy

(CH 0, CH 1) TestLimits = ±5%

(External Trigger) TestLimits = ±10%

Trigger Sensitivity

Fetch a waveform from the digitizer and set the timeout parameter to 2 seconds. If the digitizer does not time out during the test, the digitizer has passed this portion of the verification, otherwise it has failed this verification step.



NI 5153/5154

Vertical Gain

Range Vpk-pk 0.1 to 1

TestLimits = ± 2.2% (Error)

Error = {[(measured positive voltage – measured negative voltage) / (applied positive voltage – applied negative voltage)] – 1} * 100

Within ±5 °C of self-calibration temperature

Range Vpk-pk 2 to 10

TestLimits = ±2.9% (Error)

Error = {[(measured positive voltage – measured negative voltage) / (applied positive voltage – applied negative voltage)] – 1} * 100

Within ±5 °C of self-calibration temperature

Vertical Offset

TestLimits = TestValue ± (1.8% of FS)

Within ±5 °C of self-calibration temperature

Timing Accuracy

515x timing equation

Bandwidth

TestLimits = TestValue ± 3 dB

Filter off

Bandwidth for 0 to 35 °C

Reduce by 0.22% per °C above 35 °C

Trigger Accuracy

(CH 0, CH 1) TestLimits = ±5%

(External Trigger) TestLimits = ±10%

Trigger Sensitivity

Fetch a waveform from the digitizer and set the timeout parameter to 2 seconds. If the digitizer does not time out during the test, the digitizer has passed this portion of the verification, otherwise it has failed this verification step.


 

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