Remote control adds low-cost option to PXI instrumentation systems

August 10, 2017 // By Graham Prophet
National Instruments’ (NI) PXIe-8301 remote control module is presented as the first such solution for laptop control of PXI systems, using Thunderbolt 3 remote control module.

PXIe-8301 offers PCI Express Gen 3 connectivity through two Thunderbolt 3 ports to maximize performance and delivers up to 2.3 GB/sec of sustained data throughput. Engineers can use the second port to daisy-chain additional Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C devices. With its modern connectivity and low price point, NI says, the PXIe-8301 makes high-performance control of PXI systems more accessible and affordable to engineers performing benchtop characterization and validation or developing portable automated test systems.

 

Mark Wetzel, distinguished engineer at NI and technical chair of PXI Systems Alliance notes, “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 extends NI’s portfolio for low-cost PXI control, which includes the recently released embedded PXI Controller, the PXIe-8821. The PXIe-8821 is optimized for test and measurement applications, featuring a 2.6 GHz Intel Core i3-4110E dual-core processor and providing up to 2 GB/sec system bandwidth. With their industrial ratings, small physical footprint and managed life cycles, embedded controllers are suited for long-life PXI deployments into harsh operating environments.

 

NI has a White Paper on the topic, here.

 

NI; www.ni.com and www.ni.com/en-gb/support/model.pxie-8301.html