Features Supported on non-SMC Devices

NI Signal Generators Help (NI-FGEN 18.1)

Edition Date: April 2018

Part Number: 370524V-01

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The following table shows the features supported by the NI 5401/5404/5411/5431 signal generators.

NI 5401 NI 5404 NI 5411 NI 5431
Basic Operation
Output Modes Standard Function, Frequency List Standard Function (sine or square) Standard Function, Frequency List, Arbitrary Waveform, Arbitrary Sequence Standard Function, Frequency List, Arbitrary Waveform, Arbitrary Sequence
Standard Function Output
Waveform Sine, Square, Triangle, Ramp Up, Ramp Down, DC, Noise, User-Defined Sine and Square (both are produced) Sine, Square, Triangle, Ramp Up, Ramp Down, DC, Noise, User-Defined Sine, Square, Triangle, Ramp Up, Ramp Down, DC, Noise, User-Defined
Minimum Frequency 9.313 mHz 1 µHz 9.313 mHz 9.313 mHz
Maximum Frequency 5 Sine: 16 MHz Other: 1 MHz 105 MHz Sine: 16 MHz Other: 1 MHz Sine: 8 MHz Other: 1 MHz (frequencies above 8 MHz are filtered)
SYNC Duty Cycle 20% to 80% 20% to 80% 20% to 80%
User-Defined Waveform Size 16,384 samples 16,384 samples 16,384 samples 16,384 samples
Frequency List Output
Maximum Number of Lists* 16 16 16
Maximum List Length * 512 512 512
Maximum Step Duration * 3.35544 s 3.35544 s 3.35544 s
Minimum List Length * 1 1 1
Minimum Step Duration * 1 ms 1 ms 1 ms
Step Duration Quantum * 200 ns 200 ns 200 ns
Arbitrary Waveform Output
Write Quantum 64 samples or 32 complex samples 64 samples or 32 complex samples
Waveform Quantum * 8 samples 8 samples
Minimum Waveform Size * 256 samples 256 samples
Maximum Waveform Size * 1 2 M  or 8 M samples 8 M samples
Maximum Number of Waveforms * 5,000 5,000
Streaming
Onboard Signal Processing
Arbitrary Sequence Output
Minimum Sequence Length * 1 1
Maximum Sequence Length * 292 1,168
Maximum Loop Count * 65,535 65,535
Maximum Number of Sequences * 16 16
Streaming
Onboard Signal Processing
Script Output
Maximum Number of Script Triggers
Maximum Number of Markers
Streaming
Output Characteristics
Output Voltage (at load equal to source impedance) up to ±5 V sine: 1 Vpk-pk to 2 Vpk-pk square: 5 V, 3.3 V, or 1.8 V up to ±5 V up to ±5 V
Offset (at maximum gain) ±2.5 V ±2.5 V ±2.5 V
Output Impedance 50 Ω, 75 Ω 50 Ω 50 Ω, 75 Ω 50 Ω, 75 Ω
Analog Path
Analog Filter Option Yes Yes Yes
Filter Correction Frequency Option Yes Yes Yes
Digital Filter Option Yes Yes Yes
Digital Filter Interpolation Factor 2 (fixed when filter is enabled) 2 (fixed when filter is enabled) 2 (fixed when filter is enabled)
DIGITAL DATA & CONTROL CONNECTOR (DDC) or Digital Pattern Yes Yes
Triggering and Synchronization
Trigger Modes (Frequency List and Arbitrary Waveform Generation Modes) Single, Continuous, Stepped, Burst Single, Continuous, Stepped, Burst Single, Continuous, Stepped, Burst
Trigger Sources Immediate, External, Software, RTSI_<0..5>, RTSI_6 (PCI only), PXI_STAR (PXI only) Immediate, PFI 0 (External), Software, RTSI_<0..7>, PXI_STAR Immediate, External, Software, RTSI_<0..5>, RTSI_6 (PCI only), PXI_STAR (PXI only) Immediate, External, Software, RTSI_<0..5>, RTSI_6 (PCI only), PXI_STAR (PXI only)
Multiple Device Synchronization Limited 2 Standard Function Mode Arbitrary Waveform Generation and Sequence modes 2 Arbitrary Waveform Generation and Sequence modes 2
Events
Ready for Start
Started
Done
Marker Yes Yes
Data Marker
Clocking
Sample Rate (Update Rate) before filtering and interpolation 40 MS/s 300 MS/s Up to 40 MS/s Up to 40 MS/s
Reference Clock Source Internal (none), External, PXI 10 MHz clock (PXI only) or RTSI clock (PCI only) Internal (none), External (REF IN), RTSI_<0..6>, RTSI clock, PXI 10 MHz clock Internal (none), External, PXI 10 MHz clock (PXI only) or RTSI clock (PCI only) Internal (none), External, PXI 10 MHz clock (PXI only) or RTSI clock (PCI only)
Reference Clock Frequency 1 MHz or 5 MHz to 20 MHz in 1 MHz steps 3 MHz to 20 MHz in 1 MHz steps 1 MHz or 5 MHz to 20 MHz in 1 MHz steps 1 MHz or 5 MHz to 20 MHz in 1 MHz steps
Clock Mode (Arbitrary Waveform Generation Mode) Divide-Down, High-Resolution (PXI only) Divide-Down, High-Resolution (PXI only)
Sample Clock Source (Arbitrary Waveform Generation Mode) Internal, External (PXI only) Internal, External (PXI only)
Calibration
Self-Calibration Functions ni54xx_CalSelfCalibrate, ni54xx_CalRestore ExternalConstants ni54xx_CalSelfCalibrate, ni54xx_CalRestore ExternalConstants ni54xx_CalSelfCalibrate, ni54xx_CalRestore ExternalConstants
Calibration Utility Functions ni54xx_ functions 3 ni54xx_ functions 3 ni54xx_ functions 3 ni54xx_ functions 3
External Calibration Functions 4 ni54xx_CalStart and associated functions ni54xx_CalStart and associated functions ni54xx_CalStart and associated functions ni54xx_CalStart and associated functions

*You can get the value of this characteristic by calling a query function or by reading an attribute. NI recommends that your programs query or read the characteristic rather than depend on a certain value.

1Varies with the device model or the amount of memory on the device. Memory use is a function of the number and size of waveforms and (in Arbitrary Sequence mode) the number and length of sequences. Typically, waveforms use most of the memory, but if you have a very large number of sequences, the available waveform memory is reduced.

2You can synchronize the NI 5401/5411/5431 in Standard Function mode as long as it is unnecessary to change the phase between devices while generating.

3NI 5401/5404/5411/5431 calibration utility functions include

ni54xx_CalFetchDate, ni54xx_CalFetchCount, ni54xx_CalFetchMiscInfo, ni54xx_CalStoreMiscInfo, and ni54xx_CalChangePassword.

4External calibration functions and steps vary from device to device. For more information about calibrating your device, refer to the calibration procedure for your device.

5Refer to the device specifications for conditions.

6The niFgen Get Ext Cal Last Temp VI and niFgen Restore Last Ext Cal Constants VI are not supported.

7if/else/end if and break script instructions are not supported.

8In a single session with all channels.

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