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ENGINEERS can use two new National Instruments RT PXI embedded controllers to increase their real-time control rates and data-streaming throughput.

The NI PXI-8196 RT controller is one of the highest-performance real-time controllers available. With a 2.0GHz Pentium M 760 processor, it delivers an average performance improvement of 18 percent. The NI PXI-8195 RT controller features a 1.5GHz Celeron M 370 processor.

The new controllers offer reliable, deterministic operation on a rugged platform and are an execution target for programs written in National Instruments LabVIEW Real-Time.

Engineers can use the new controllers for a wide range of applications that require real-time performance including machine control, reliable test and HIL simulation in industries such as industrial control, industrial test, ATE and military/aerospace.

Both new controllers offer Gigabit Ethernet for high-speed networking of distributed systems. Supporting a maximum of 2 GB of dual-channel DDR2 memory, the controllers offer double the memory capacity and performance of previous-generation real-time PXI controllers.

The new controllers also feature an optional solid-state hard drive for applications that require extreme ruggedness.

The PXI-8196 RT and PXI-8195 RT controllers incorporate an extensive set of peripherals such as a hard drive, GPIB, serial and Ethernet into a single module to ease system integration.

The new embedded controllers operate with a wide range of PXI and CompactPCI devices from both National Instruments and third-party vendors and are shipped with preinstalled NI LabVIEW Real-Time embedded software.

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