National Instruments' PXI embedded controller and accessories increase system performance and reliability

National Instruments introduces the NI PXI-8108, the industry’s fastest PXI embedded controller, and two PXI system accessories, a 32-GB solid-state hard drive and the NI PXI-8250 system monitoring module. These products provide increased system performance and reliability to help engineers and scientists achieve faster process execution, lower test times and a longer system life.

The PXI-8108 embedded controller, which features an Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 processor, is designed for high-performance PXI and Compact PCI systems. With its 2.53 GHz dual-core processor and 800 MHz DDR2 memory, the PXI-8108 offers a 25% performance improvement over its dual-core predecessor, the NI PXI-8106. With NI LabVIEW 8.6 software, engineers and scientists can take full advantage of the latest multicore controllers, such as the PXI-8108, by simplifying multithreaded application development and achieving increased performance without requiring major changes to existing LabVIEW code. The PXI-8108 also works with the NI LabVIEW Real-Time and LabWindows/CVI Real-Time modules to deliver a flexible, lasting platform for deterministic and real-time measurement and control.

For engineers and scientists requiring maximum performance and reliability, the NI PXI-8108 controller can be upgraded to include a 32-GB PXI solid-state hard drive instead of the standard rotating magnetic disk drive. When paired with the 32-GB solid-state hard drive, the PXI-8108 offers an extended operating temperature range of zero to 55 °C, increased reliability and speed when reading and writing to files and streaming data and increased durability when exposed to shock and vibration due to no moving parts. Additionally, the latest NI PXI and PXI Express Windows and real-time embedded controllers can be upgraded to use the 32-GB solid-state hard drive.

To maximize the efficiency and the overall life of a PXI system, NI offers the PXI-8250 system monitoring module. With this module, engineers and scientists can monitor system intake and exhaust temperatures, fan speeds, processor and memory utilization and power supply voltage levels programmatically. Front-panel LEDs on the PXI-8250 indicate if parameters are within their appropriate operating ranges, and a relay on the front panel provides connectivity to external devices such as a status light or alarm.

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