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PXI chassis, controllers increase bandwidth to 1GBps per slot

Posted: 21 Apr 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PXIe-1062Q? NI PXIe-8103? PXI chassis? controller? PCI Express?

National Instruments (NI) announced what it claims to be the first PXI chassis and controllers based on PCI Express signaling, delivering up to 1GBps per-slot dedicated bandwidth. The new chassis and controllers aim to improve the performance of PXI systems and integrate high-bandwidth PXI Express modules as they become available. The products suit high-channel-count, high-throughput or multi-module applications, such as IF streaming, mixed-signal or image acquisition.

The NI PXIe-1062Q eight-slot chassis offers up to 1GBps per-slot dedicated bandwidth and a mix of PXI and PXI Express slots, similar to PCs, which provide both PCI and PCI Express slots. The chassis includes a PXI Express system slot, a PXI Express slot with system timing capabilities and four PXI peripheral slots. The chassis also provides two PXI Express hybrid slots that accept both PXI and PXI Express modules. The two hybrid and four PXI peripheral slots provide six available slots that work with any of the more than 1,000 existing PXI modules available on the market.

The NI PXIe-8103 embedded controller includes a 2GHz Intel Pentium M 760 processor and offers 250MBps per-slot dedicated bandwidth up to 1GBps of total system bandwidth. According to NI, engineers can use the MXI-Express for PXI Express controllers, the NI PXIe-PCIe836x and the NI PXIe-ExpressCard8360, for desktop PC and laptop computer control of PXI Express systems with up to 250MBps of cabled system bandwidth.

The new PXI chassis and controllers work with existing PXI modules and software.

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