What is the FPGA Timekeeper and the NI 9467 GPS Module?

Updated Feb 12, 2018

Reported In


  • NI-9467


  • NI-TimeSync



Issue Details

What is the function of the NI 9467 GPS module and the FPGA timekeeper VIs?


The NI 9467 is a stationary GPS timing module for C Series platforms. It provides accurate timing and geographic location information to the C Series host once a second, which enables synchronization of C Series systems.

The FPGA Timekeeper is a set of VIs that allows you to synchronize absolute time on your FPGA target. It is code that can be included in your FPGA application to provide a timekeeper for the FPGA, from which time can be read on every clock tick.

By using the FPGA Timekeeper with the NI 9467, you will be able to correlate absolute time with system events at an accuracy of around 100 ns. Some common applications of using these products together are:
  • Timestamping I/O in FPGA
  • Scheduling I/O according to a future time in FPGA
  • Getting and sharing accurate time within the FPGA domain

You can find the FPGA Timekeeper and example code here: Sync Labs: FPGA Timekeeper 

Additional Information

When using the NI 9467 as its synchronization source, the FPGA Timekeeper will be synchronized to International Atomic Time (TAI). The offset between TAI and Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is a readable property for the NI 9467, so UTC can be calculated. Because the TAI is a U64 representing nanoseconds, and the UTC Offset is an I8 representing seconds, it is recommended that only TAI be used in the FPGA. Any conversions to or from UTC should be made on the host.

For more information, refer to KnowledgeBase 4C6CKR8P: UTC, TAI, and GPS Time Scale Descriptions and Adjustment Information for PCI-1588, NI-9467, and PXI-6682(H) Interfaces.



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