Synchronizing multiple pxi devices, Synchronizing multiple pxi devices -8 – National Instruments NI PXI-562X User Manual

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Chapter 2

Hardware Overview

NI PXI-562x User Manual


Synchronizing Multiple PXI Devices

The NI 562x uses a PLL to synchronize the 64 MHz sample clock to a
10 MHz reference clock. You can either supply the reference clock through
the SMA connector (REF CLK IN) on the front panel or use the system
reference clock on the PXI backplane.

The PXI bus and the NI 562x have the following timing and triggering
features that you can use for synchronizing multiple digitizers:

System Reference Clock—A 10 MHz clock on the PXI backplane
with ±100 ppm accuracy. It is independently distributed to each PXI
peripheral slot through equal-length traces with a skew of less than
1 ns between slots. Multiple devices can use this common timebase for
synchronization, which allows each NI 562x to phase lock to the
system reference clock.

SMA connector (REF CLK IN)—A 10 MHz reference input that you
can use to connect an external frequency source for synchronization.