MIP Micromirror Variant

The MIP Micromirror variant bridges the gap between algorithmic/analysis and stimulus, and measurement of MEMS micromirror sensors. It presents a modular, desktop environment for MEMS micromirror and electronics device integration and validation in a system context.

The MIP Micromirror variant has a PXIe-based control system, which includes a system-level design environment, data acquisition, FPGA based signal/control processing and signal conditioning, as well as Micromirror fixtures or interface boards for Micromirror device characterization and measurement.

Text description of system controller ports and PXIe expansion card slots pointing to their location on a photo of NI PXI-express chassis.

What’s Included

PXI-express base, which includes:

  • System controller
  • PXIe expansion card slots, including high-end FPGA-based DAQ, high-resolution digitizer, arbitrary waveform generator, digital multimeter, and high-accuracy power measurement unit Program environment: LabVIEW, C/C++
  • High-voltage amplifier and various of high-voltage fixtures, as well as interface boards and test chips
  • Optical components including laser sources, position sensor and amplifier, beam splitter, lens, and holding board.


  • Accelerates research by providing a feature-rich platform for integration and validating of micromirror-based microsystems.
  • Addresses specific research needs through a graphics-based programmable environment and micromirror sensors and actuator interfaces boards.
  • Enables a faster path to commercialization by sourcing commercial-grade components and through compliance with commercial standards and interfaces (e.g., PXI and PXIe).


Suitable research filed for this variant includes real-time control of MEMS micromirror devices in either open-loop or close loop operation. A research example of using it is shown below:

image and diagram depicting MIP RF-MEMS variant

Research Example of MIP Micromirror Variant

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Susan Xu
Senior Staff Scientist, Photonics
Office: 1.613.530.4692
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