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Control your PXI/CompactPCI system from a laptop computer

Posted: 30 Aug 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:national instruments? ni? pxi/compactpci? expresscard mxi? pcmcia cardbus interface?

National Instruments (NI) announced that engineers can now directly control a PXI/CompactPCI system from a laptop computer using its new ExpressCard MXI and PCMCIA CardBus interfaces. According to the press release, this new capability is ideal for portable and mobile applications, such as in-vehicle data logging, machine condition monitoring and field tests.

The ExpressCard MXI (PXI-ExpressCard8360) offers direct control of PXI/CompactPCI systems from laptop computers with an ExpressCard slot. ExpressCard is the next-generation laptop interface that comes standard on many new laptop computers.

The ExpressCard MXI uses the PCI Express interface for maximum bandwidth performance. It delivers up to 110MBps of sustained throughput between PXI/CompactPCI systems and laptop computers.

With the PXI-CardBus8310 interface, engineers can directly control PXI/CompactPCI systems from a PCMCIA CardBus slot, available on most existing laptop computers. The new interface gives engineers the option of using the laptop computers they currently own to control PXI/CompactPCI systems, explained NI.

Both interfaces are transparent to software applications and drivers. With embedded controllers or desktop computers with remote controllers, engineers can implement the new laptop control solutions without changing existing software written for use with PXI/CompactPCI systems. The ExpressCard MXI and PCMCIA CardBus interfaces provide a software-transparent link to the PXI/CompactPCI system, delivering software compatibility with all drivers and application development environments.

Both the ExpressCard MXI and PCMCIA CardBus interfaces work with modular instruments, data acquisition modules and bus interfaces from NI, as well as modules from the more than 65 members of the PXI Systems Alliance and additional CompactPCI module vendors.

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