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TXP Series System Chassis

  • Flexible Photonic Test & Measurement Platform
  • Rack, Benchtop, and Single Module Versions
  • TCP/IP Support via Ethernet or USB

Easy Setup User Interfaces

4 Slot Chassis

Single Module

TXP5016 16 Slot Chassis

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3 Versions To Choose From:

  • Single Module Adapter: The TXP5001AD for open operation without a chassis but directly linked to a computer via USB.
  • 4 Slot Chassis: The TXP5004 for a compact modularized benchtop test and measurement unit.
  • 16 Slot Chassis: The TXP5016 for industrial applications and integration into larger systems such as burn-in systems.

TXP5000 Features

  • 3 Compatible Versions For 1, 4, and 16 Modules
  • For R&D Lab And Industrial Applications
  • Broad Family Of Powerful Optical T&M Modules
  • Remotely Controllable Via TCP/IP
  • Hot Pluggable Modules
  • Localized Power Management On Each Module
  • Easy To Setup
  • Card Pooling For Complex Tasks
  • Enhanced Macro Function Capabilities

Available Modules for the TXP5000 Platform

  • Combination Laser Diode & TEC Temperature Controller: ITC5000
  • WDM DFB Laser Sources: LS5000

The TXP5000 Series is a powerful photonic test & measurement platform that bridges the gap between the research community and the industrial test and measurement market. The 4 slot, USB controlled TXP5004 provides the basis for a modularized benchtop test and measurement unit while the 16 slot Ethernet controlled TXP5016 provides scalable testing for the industrial community. The TXP5001AD Adapter allows the operation of one TXP module directly linked to a computer via the USB interface. The plug and play modules include integrated laser drivers and TEC controllers, DWDM DFB laser sources, and a tunable laser. All modules are interchangeable and can be integrated with LabVIEW™ and LabWindows™/CVI control. The TXP platform is operated and configured by a PC.

Modular Design
The TXP5000 Series is a scalable cost effective test and measurement platform. The intelligent card concept provides great flexibility for the combination of plugable modules to meet the desired functionality. One aspect is the concept of Advanced Card Pooling that allows to group different modules into card pools controlled via high level command parameter for complex and application specific setups. For more info about the architecture, please see Architecture Tab.

Due to the “hot plug feature” any module can be replaced without interrupting other running processes of the same mainframe. All TXP5000 modules provide standard user interfaces that allow the operation of each module by the connected PC, like using a benchtop device, with easy automation and remote control facilities. All TXP5000 chassis offer TCP/IP support that eases remote control over a network.

Single Module Adapter TXP5001AD
The TXP5001AD is a low cost adapter for any module designed for the TXP5000 system. It provides a USB interface and allows a single module to be operated without any additional equipment except a PC. The adapter provides connection to the user PC via the included USB cable and comes with the TXP5000 software installation package, including LabVIEW™ and LabWindows/CVI™ drivers, similar to the TXP5004 chassis. The adapter offers the easiest and most cost effective way to start using the modulesof the TXP5000 Series. A 48V power supply is included, which operates from 100 to 240 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz.

The TXP chassis provide global interlocks to secure set-ups involving the TXP against external events, like opening of lab-doors, pushing of emergency switches, etc. The reaction of the TXP depends on the type of card inserted. Besides the global interlock, some TXP cards have an individual interlock line.

Item #TXP5016TXP5004TXP5001AD
Number of Slots1641
Max. Allowed Power Consumption per Slot40 W25 W36 W
Max. Allowed Total Power Consumption for all Slots320 W100 W36 W
Remote Control PortEthernet, 10BaseTUSB 2.0 (Full Speed)
System RequirementsWindows 2000, XP
OperationGraphical User Interface on PC
Network Remote Control (TCP/IP)Direct Connection to Network (internal server)via connected PC
DriversDriver DLL with support for NI LabView™, NI LabWindows/CVI™, MS Visual C++™, Borland C++™
Service ControlRS-232C--
Internal Circuit Power Supply via USB--+5V / 100 mA
Mains Voltage100V … 240V ± 10%
Mains Frequency50 … 60 Hz ± 5%
Maximum Power Consumption400 VA150 VA75 VA
Operating Temperature0 °C to +40 °C
Storage Temperature-40 °C to +70 °C
Relative HumidityMax. 90% up to 31 °C, decreasing to 50% at 40 °C
Pollution Degree (indoor use only)2
Operation Altitude< 2000 m
Warm-Up Time (typ.)10 min
Safety MeasuresGlobal interlock--
Dimensions (W x H x D)449 x 133 x 435 mm168 x 148 x 315 mm124 x 23 x 112 mm
Chassis19”, 3 U1/3 19", 3 UNo Chassis
Weight (empty)7 kg3 kg0.2 kg
Weight (maximum)17 kg5.5 kg-

(All technical data are valid at 23 ± 5 °C and 45 ± 15% rel. humidity)

TXP5016 Architecture

TXP5004 Architecture

Advanced Card Pooling
Different modules can be grouped into card pools and controlled via high level command parameters. This allows one to build complex and application specific setups with simplified operation and reduced data transmission at the same time. Using specialized software modules, new “devices” can be made from the same set of TX5000 modules.

TXP5016 Connectors

Interlock Connection

D-type Female

DB9 Female

1REL_ONConnected to 2 if Interlock is Closed
2REL_SELControl Relay-Switch
3AUX_IN+Auxilliary Input +
4ALARM-Interlock Optcoupler - Input
5CC_OUTConstant Current Output (1.25 mA)
6REL_OFFConnected to 2 if Interlock is Open
7AUX_IN-Auxilliary Input -
8CHASSISChassis Ground
9ALARM+Interlock Optcoupler + Input

Computer Connection

RJ-45 Ethernet


Chassis Ground

4mm Banana Plug

4 mm Banana Plug

TXP5004 and TXP5001AD

Computer Connection - USB Type B

USB Type B

Software for the TXP5000 Platform

TXP Software

Version 3.1.5

Standard full TXP software packages:
Applications, Drivers, and Firmware.

Software Download

The TXP5000 platform is designed to build customized and automated solutions for complex test & measurement applications. The special system architecture and the Card Pooling feature allow a setup of different modules to behave like a single system performing complex tasks.


  • Laser Diode Burn-In Systems: System to burn-in and test many laser diodes simultaneously
x  TXP 16 Slot Chassis with Ethernet Control (TXP5016)
 x TXP 4 Slot Chassis with USB Control (TXP5004)
  xTXP Single Card Interface with USB Control (TXP5001AD)
xx Front Cover Plates for all unused Slots (TXP5000C)
x  Ethernet Cable (TXPCABETH)
x  CrossLink Cable (TXPCABCRO)
x  RS-232C Serial Nullmodem Service Cable (TXPCABSER)
x  Interlock Bypass Connector (TXP5016-IBC)
xxxSoftware CD ROM
xxxLabVIEW™ and LabWINDOWS/CVI™ Driver Set
xxxOperating Manual
xxxPower Cord
  xDesk Top Power Supply

Posted Comments:
hs1211.park  (posted 2019-02-21 17:30:30.94)
Dear Support, I am using the TXP 5004 and have a problem. The TXP server application fails to start the server and a pop-up window says that it could not start the server due to the internal issue. I have checked the firewall, and I believe that the drivers have been installed correctly since I can see the drivers and COM ports for each slot in the Windows device manager. The OS is Windows 7 embedded on NI PXI DAQ system.
nreusch  (posted 2019-02-28 09:55:11.0)
This is a response from Nicola at Thorlabs. Thank you for your feedback. If you connect the TXP via USB, this might be caused by an incorrect port assignment for the virtual serial ports in Windows 7. The maximum value that the TXP will accept is 16. I will contact you directly to provide further assistance.
andreas.walser  (posted 2019-01-03 16:55:40.953)
Dear Techsupport, We are currently using some PAX57xx polarimeters in our lab and are looking for 64-bit VISA drivers for automation using MATLAB. The drivers and example applications provided are unfortunately 32-bit only. Are there 64-bit drivers available? Best regards, Andy
MKiess  (posted 2019-01-07 04:18:46.0)
This is a response from Michael at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. There are 64-bit drivers available, I will contact you directly to send them to you.
forhel  (posted 2014-08-21 07:59:54.633)
Dear Thorlabs Techsupport! We are going to use your TXP5016 Chasses and ITC5052 Controller in our purposes with automated control system. I need some information for programming, but can’t get programmer reference manual. The ThorLabs equipment is not in our stock yet. In your feedback answer 2010-04-12 there is a phrase, that programmer reference manual will be installed in the start menu after TXP-ITC instrument driver installation. I’ve downloaded and installed the following software from your site: “Software for the TXP5000 Series” and “Instrument Driver for the TXP5000 Series ITC5xxx”. I can’t come through TXP Server Control Wizard to set up TXP Server on my PC because of mistake “There is no COM port available on this system. Please exit the wizard”. My PC have 1 Com port (COM1), but have no Thorlabs equipment connected. So, necessary documentation is not available for me. Is it any way to get programmer reference manual before attaching Thorlabs devices? How can I do that? Best Regards, Glazunova Helen.
shallwig  (posted 2014-08-22 04:20:36.0)
This is a response from Stefan at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. It is not necessary to connect the device to get the programmer reference manual. By downloading the ITC VISA instrument driver package for the ITC5xxx series from our website: you automatically download the programming reference manual. It is a txt file “TXP_DRV_ITC” which you normally can find under the following path on your PC: C:\Program Files\IVI Foundation\VISA\WinNT\Thorlabs_TXP_Series\ITC_Driver I will contact you directly to discuss your application in detail.
eexfuh  (posted 2014-03-18 17:27:24.177)
Dear staff member of the thorlabs company, I'm a PhD student in the University of Nottingham in the Faculty of Engineering. I'm writing because I would like to know whether the TXP5016 chassis could be use with an Optical Sensor Interrogator for Fiber Bragg Gratings (like the NI PXIe-4844 from National Instruments). I also would like to know if you could offer me a solution from thorlabs.
tschalk  (posted 2014-03-25 12:20:27.0)
This is a response from Thomas at Thorlabs. Thank you very much for your inquiry. The devices NI PXIe-4844 are not compatible with our TXP System. Unfortunately, we can't provide an alternative for this Optical Sensor Interrogator for Fiber Bragg Gratings.
julien  (posted 2010-04-12 19:05:27.0)
A response from Julien at Thorlabs: Dear Dian, to control a TXP5000 ITC card the TXP-ITC instrument driver has to be installed. This instrument driver library provides programming support for a variety of development environments including NI-LabVIEW, NI-LabWindows/CVI, Microsoft Visual Studio and a lot more. Basically the instrument driver consists of a DLL file and some support files. The driver can be found on the installation CD that is delivered together with the unit. Upon installation, a list of shortcuts, including the programmer reference manual, is installed in the start menu.
dianfan  (posted 2010-04-11 14:31:02.0)
Thorlabs Techsupport, I am writing for ask how to control laser temperature scanning using ITC5102. My lab bought Thorlabs’ ITC5102 to control a DFB laser. The temperature could be controlled by your GUI, but what I need is to control laser temperature scanning in a range. I think that the TXP5016 could be controlled by computer by computer through LAN or RS232. However, the operation manual about programming interface of TXP5016 is too simple. Do you have any application notes or advice about it, please email me. Looking forward your reply Dian Fan Center for Photonics Technology Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Virginia Tech

TXP Series System Chassis

  • TXP5001AD: Single module adapter for open operation without a chassis but directly linked to a computer via USB.
  • TXP5004: 4 slot chassis for a compact modularized benchtop test and measurement unit.
  • TXP5016: 16 slot chassis for industrial applications and integration into larger systems such as burn-in systems.
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available
TXP5001AD Support Documentation
TXP5001ADTXP Single Card Interface with USB Control
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TXP5004 Support Documentation
TXP5004TXP 4 Slot Chassis with USB Control
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TXP5016 Support Documentation
TXP5016TXP 16 Slot Chassis with Ethernet Control
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TXP Accessories

  • TXP5000-PILE: Stack multiple TXP5016 or TXP5004 Chassis by means of these four feet which can be easily mounted or removed.
  • TXP5000C: Single slot cover plate for unused slots in TXP Chassis. To maintain proper air flow inside a TXP Chassis, all unused slots must be closed by a TXP5000C Cover.
  • TXP5000-R32: 19" Rack Mounting Kit for TXP5016 Chassis.
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
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TXP5000-PILE Support Documentation
TXP5000-PILEStacking Kit for TXP Chassis
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TXP5000-R32 Support Documentation
TXP5000-R32Rack Mounting Kit, 19" for TXP5016
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TXP5000C Support Documentation
TXP5000CFront Cover Plate for TXP chassis
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TXP Replacement Items

  • TXP5016-IBC: Interlock Bypass Connector: Global Interlock Connector for the TXP5016 Chassis.
  • TXPCABCRO: Crosslink Cable with two RJ-45 Connectors, length 2 m. It allows a direct connection of the TXP5016 to a PC without local network.
  • TXPCABETH: Connection Cable between the TXP5016 and a local Ethernet hub, length 2 m.
  • TXPCABSER: RS232 Crossover Cable (nullmodem). It is used for the basic configuration of a TXP5016 and for firmware updates.
  • TXPCABUSB: USB connection cable between TXP5004 or TXP5001AD and a PC, length 2 m.
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available
TXP5016-IBC Support Documentation
TXP5016-IBCTXP5016 Interlock Bypass Connector
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TXPCABCRO Support Documentation
TXPCABCROTXP5016 CrossLink Cable, 2m
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TXPCABETH Support Documentation
TXPCABETHTXP5016 Ethernet Cable, 2m
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TXPCABSER Support Documentation
TXPCABSERTXP5016 Serial Service Cable for SW Upgrades
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TXPCABUSB Support Documentation
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