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Fiber Optic Remote Controller targets PXI Express systems.

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Designed for PXI Express-based automated test, measurement, and control systems, PXIe-PCIe8375 MXI-Express remote controller incorporates x4 PCI Express link to provide low latency interface with sustained bandwidth of 838 MB/s at distances up to 100 m from NI rack-mount, Dell, or HP host PC. Controller's PCIe configuration ensures software transparency and compatibility with no additional programming when upgrading PCI- and PXI-based MXI-3 and MXI-4 systems.



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National Instruments Introduces High-Bandwidth, Low-Latency Fiber-Optic Remote Controller for PXI Express



New Controller Provides up to 838 MB/s Data Bandwidth at up to 100 Meters Between Host PC and Distributed PXI Express Chassis

AUSTIN, Texas, -- National Instruments (NASDAQ:NATI) today introduced a high-bandwidth fiber-optic remote controller for PXI Express-based automated test, measurement and control systems. The new NI PXIe-PCIe8375 MXI-Express remote controller for PXI Express incorporates a x4 PCI Express link to provide a low-latency interface with sustained bandwidth of up to 838 MB/s to and from an NI rack-mount, Dell or Hewlett-Packard host PC for advanced performance in a variety of applications. The fiber-optic cable and controller interface of the new controller offer increased distance between the host PC and chassis, improved electrical isolation and greater cabling flexibility compared to a copper remote controller cable and interface. The NI PXIe-PCIe8375 can deliver high-bandwidth performance at distances of up to 100 meters compared to the 7-meter distance afforded by using a passive copper cable and remote controller interface.

The NI PXIe-PCIe8375 remote controller is ideal for many engineers and scientists designing distributed test, measurement and control systems that require high-bandwidth, low-latency data transfers to and from the host PC and PXI Express instrumentation. Such applications include high-channel-count data acquisition systems used for harsh environmental testing and control I/O or measurements in particle accelerators and large test and research facilities. Other use cases include applications such as signal intelligence and mixed-signal testing, which require high-data bandwidth for streaming high-frequency measurements back to the host PC with minimal electrical noise in the system. The 10-, 30- and 100-meter fiber-optic cable lengths of the NI PXIe-PCIe8375 provide a variety of options for engineers and scientists who require this additional electrical isolation in their systems, including protection against electrical shorts and differing ground potentials between the host PC and distributed instrumentation systems.

Additionally, the NI PXIe-PCIe8375 remote controller's PCI Express configuration ensures software transparency and compatibility with no additional programming when upgrading PCI- and PXI-based MXI-3 and MXI-4 systems. The software transparency and compatibility apply to software applications and drivers as well as industry-standard desktop computers, servers and workstations. The new fiber-optic PXI Express remote controller also works seamlessly with NI software including the LabVIEW graphical system design environment, NI TestStand test management software, the LabWindows(TM)/CVI ANSI C development system, SignalExpress interactive measurement software and new NI VeriStand real-time test configuration software.

To view detailed specifications on the NI PXIe-PCIe8375 fiber-optic MXI-Express remote controller for PXI Express, readers can visit http://www.ni.com/pxi.

About National Instruments

National Instruments (www.ni.com) is transforming the way engineers and scientists design, prototype and deploy systems for measurement, automation and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf software such as NI LabVIEW and modular cost-effective hardware, and sells to a broad base of more than 30,000 different companies worldwide, with no one customer representing more than 3 percent of revenue and no one industry representing more than 15 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 5,000 employees and direct operations in more than 40 countries. For the past 10 years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America. Readers can obtain investment information from the company's investor relations department by calling (512) 683-5090, e-mailing nati@ni.com or visiting http://www.ni.com/nati.

Pricing and Contact Information

NI PXIe-PCIe8375 MXI-Express remote controller

Priced* from $3,499; euro 3,199; 460,000 yen

Web: http://www.ni.com/pxi

E-mail: info@ni.com

*All prices are subject to change without notice.

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