National Instruments introduces first remote control PXI module with Thunderbolt 3
Adding to the range of low-cost PXI controllers, National Instruments has added the PXIe-8301 remote control module. It is, says National Instruments the first PXI remote control module for laptop control of PXI systems, using Thunderbolt 3.
The PXIe-8301 offers PCI Express Gen 3 connectivity through two Thunderbolt 3 ports to maximise performance and delivers up to 2.3byte/s of sustained data throughput. Engineers can use the second port to daisy chain additional Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C devices. The connectivity options and low price point of the PXIe-8301 makes high-performance control of PXI systems more accessible and affordable to engineers performing benchtop characterisation and validation or developing portable automated test systems, says National Instruments.
Mark Wetzel, engineer at NI and technical chair of PXI Systems Alliance says: “The introduction of a remote control module using Thunderbolt 3 demonstrates the continued ability of the PXI platform to incorporate the latest commercial technologies and further its reach into high-performance, low-cost and ultraportable applications.”
The PXIe-8301 adds to NI’s portfolio for low-cost PXI control, which includes the recently released embedded PXI Controller, the PXIe-8821. The PXIe-8821 is optimised for test and measurement applications, featuring a 2.6GHz Intel Core i3-4110E dual-core processor and providing up to 2Gbyte/s system bandwidth. With their industrial ratings, small physical footprint and managed life cycles, embedded controllers are ideal for long-life PXI deployments into harsh operating environments.
Remote control modules and embedded controllers are an important part of the NI platform for engineers to build smarter test systems. There are over 600 PXI products ranging from DC to mmWave, featuring high-throughput data movement using PCI Express bus interfaces and sub-nanosecond synchronisation with integrated timing and triggering. An ecosystem of partners, add-on IP and applications engineers, allows the NI platform to lower the cost of test, reduce time to market and future-proof testers for tomorrow’s challenging requirements.
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