PXI-5900 Calibration Procedure

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Edition Date: June 2019

Part Number: 374564R-01

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This topic contains information for calibrating the National Instruments PXI-5900 using Calibration Executive.

Calibration Executive Procedure Features:


Manual Mode

Selectable Test Points


Approximate Test Time: 30 minutes

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

Test Equipment

The following table lists the test equipment required to calibrate the PXI-5900.

Required EquipmentRecommended EquipmentParameter MeasuredRequirements
Signal GeneratorFluke 9500B,
Wavetek 9500 with High-Stability Reference Option

Fluke 9530 Test Head
Vertical Offset,
Vertical Gain

DC Accuracy: ±(0.05% ±100 µV) into 1 MΩ

Flatness: ±2% output amplitude flatness for leveled sine wave up to 10 MHz relative to 50 kHz into 1 MΩ or 50 Ω
DMMNI 4070Vertical Offset,
Vertical Gain
DC V Accuracy: ±0.01%

DC V Input Impedance: 10 GΩ
Power Meter/SensorRohde & Schwarz NRP-Z91 with NRP-Z4 USB adapterBandwidth,
Relative power accuracy ≤ 0.022 dB
50 Ω BNC TerminatorPasternack Enterprises Pe6156Bandwidth,
Note Note  The NI 4070 is the only DMM supported in automated mode.

Test Conditions

The following setup and environmental conditions are required to ensure the PXI-5900 meets published specifications.

  • Keep cables as short as possible. 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 hardware documentation for the optimum relative humidity.
  • Maintain a temperature of 23 ±5 °C.
  • Allow a warm-up time of at least 10 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 PXI-5900 is at a stable operating temperature.
  • Verify that all connections, including front panel connections, are secure.
  • 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.

Device Setup

  1. Install the PXI-5900 in the PXI chassis 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. Calibration Executive guides you through the required connections.

Test Limit Equations

The following test limits are derived from the published specifications.

Vertical Offset and Vertical Gain

TestLimits = TestValue ± (0.2% of Input + 500 µV)

Bandwidth and Flatness

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 MHz Frequencies

TestLimits = ±1dB

for reference power measurement verification: TestLimits = 39.1 µW ± 4 µW

6 MHz Frequency

TestLimits = ± 3dB

for reference power measurement verification: TestLimits = 39.1 µW ± 4 µW

50 Ω Input Impedance

TestLimits = 50 Ω ± 2%


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