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New NI chassis lowers entry cost for PXI systems

Posted: 15 Aug 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:National Instruments? NI? PXI-1033? chassis? MXI-Express?

NI'S PXI-1033 chassis

National Instruments recently announced that engineers can now create a new PXI system at a significant cost savings compared to previous systems using the company's PXI-1033 chassis with an integrated MXI-Express remote controller. The new chassis takes advantage of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology to reduce the cost required to start a PXI system. The chassis integrates PCIe technology to offer high value and reduces costs by incorporating the MXI-Express controller in the chassis.

The new chassis offers five peripheral slots and includes a host card to control the system from either a desktop or laptop and a cable. With the integrated MXI-Express controller, NI said engineers can achieve up to 110MBps sustained throughput to the host PC. The chassis' high value and performance will bring the benefits of the fast growing, industry-standard PXI platform to an even larger group of potential applications, according to the company.

"The new PXI-1033 integrated controller and chassis reduces our entry price for PXI by 50 percent," said Tim Dehne, NI senior VP of R&D. "The PXI-1033 chassis is one of many PXI products we recently released that both lower the cost and increase the performance of PXI systems."

With the broad adoption of PXI and more than 1,200 PXI products available today, engineers can use the new chassis to design a PXI system customized for their specific application. The PXI-1033 chassis features compact, rugged packaging as well as quiet acoustic operation, which makes it ideal for both portable and desktop ATE systems.

The PXI-1033 chassis works with all existing PXI modules including PXI data acquisition devices and modular instruments from NI. It also integrates with a variety of software including the LabVIEW graphical development environment, LabWindows/CVI software for ANSI C development, SignalExpress interactive measurement software and NI TestStand test management software.




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