Vector Signal Transceiver wins Elektra’s Test Product of the Year

09 January 2013

The 2012 Elektra Awards for the European Electronics Industry recently named National Instrument’s Vector Signal Transceiver as Test Product of the Year and National Instruments as Company of the Year in a ceremony that took place in Westminster, London.

The Elektra Award for Test Product of the Year aims to find the most innovative piece of test equipment of the last 12 months, with judging criteria including usability, as well as raw performance. The world’s first software-designed instrument, the Vector Signal Transceiver (VST) from National Instruments, is a new class of instrumentation that combines a vector signal generator and vector signal analyser with FPGA-based real-time signal processing and control. By programming the FPGA, users can edit the device firmware to implement custom algorithms directly on the instrument. This software-designed approach allows the VST to have the flexibility of a software-defined radio architecture with RF instrument-class performance.

The judges selected the Company of the Year from the Award category winners and National Instruments was chosen for demonstrating outstanding achievements, technology innovation and business success.

Robert Morton, National Instruments UK & Ireland Managing Director, said: “After winning Test Product of the Year for the VST, we were thrilled to also be named Company of the Year, rounding off an outstanding 12 months of success for NI, during which we opened new, larger premises in the UK, and celebrated being named a Great Place to Work again and reaching $1B in worldwide revenue!”

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