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VXI-MXI-Express controller uses cabled PCIe tech

Posted: 06 Mar 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PCIe? VXI-MXI-Express controller?

National Instruments Corp. has launched what is claimed to be the industry's first VXI-MXI-Express controller using cabled PCIe technology to deliver a high-bandwidth, low-latency VXI interface. With the VXI-8360T MXI-Express remote controller, test engineers can use general-purpose desktop and laptop computers to control VXI chassis across a thin, flexible cable that extends up to 7m.

Using NI VXI remote controllers, engineers can upgrade their computers or laptops to take advantage of the latest computer processing technology while using the same high-speed VXI bus interface.

The VXI-8360T VXI-MXI-Express controller features up to 29MBit/s of sustained throughput for fast remote control and performance comparable to the existing VXI-MXI-2 interface. Because the software is compatible with other NI remote controllers, engineers can upgrade to the VXI-MXI-Express controller with minimal or no change to existing software. Engineers also can use the VXI-8360T to connect the trigger and clock lines between chassis in a multi-chassis system configuration, giving them the same triggering and synchronization functionality as VXI-MXI-2.

The VXI-MXI-Express controller works with a variety of software including NI LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI and Measurement Studio for Microsoft Visual Studio.

Pricing starts from $4,499 for the VXI-8360T VXI-MXI-Express controller.

- Gina Roos

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