National Instruments is releasing a VXI-MXI-Express controller that uses cabled PCI Express technology to deliver a high-bandwidth, low-latency VXI interface. Cabled PCI Express reduces the size of the VXI-MXI-Express cable compared to the larger VXI-MXI-2 cables, while maintaining similar or improved performance. 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. Computers or laptops can also be upgraded at any time to take advantage of the latest computer processing technology while using the same high-speed VXIbus interface.
The VXI-8360T VXI-MXI-Express controller features up to 29MB/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 National Instruments remote controllers, it is possible to upgrade to the VXI-MXI-Express controller with minimal or no change to existing software. The VXI-8360T can also be used to connect the trigger and clock lines between chassis in a multi-chassis system configuration, giving them the same triggering and synchronisation functionality as VXI-MXI-2.
The VXI-MXI-Express controller works with a variety of software including LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI and Measurement Studio for Microsoft Visual Studio. Cabled PCI Express is an industry standard used in other products such as connectivity to external RAID arrays and remote control of PXI systems.
National Instruments is pricing the NI VXI-8360T VXI-MXI-Express controller from £2999 (EUR4449). For more information visit www.ni.com/vxi or use the form on this page to request a callback or more information.