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PXI controllers with Gigabit Ethernet

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NATIONAL Instruments has announced two new PXI controllers, the NI PXI-8195 and NI PXI-8196, which are the industry's first controllers to use the Mobile Intel 915GM Express chipset.

In addition, the PXI-8196 is the first embedded controller to use the power of a 2.0GHz Intel Pentium M 760 processor, making it the industry's highest-performance embedded controller and increasing its overall performance by more than 50 percent compared to existing PXI controllers operating with the 2.5GHz Mobile Intel Pentium 4 Processor.

The new PXI-8195 includes the 1.5GHz Intel Celeron M 370 processor.

Both controllers feature dual-channel DDR2 memory, with a maximum capacity of 2GB, and are ideal for applications requiring intensive analysis or system development, such as ATE, military/aerospace, communications, industrial and consumer electronics applications.

In addition, the PXI-8195 and PXI-8196 both provide full-rate Gigabit Ethernet. By offering Gigabit Ethernet, the more than 1,200 available PXI/CompactPCI modules now can benefit from this high-speed interface.

Created for use in PXI and CompactPCI systems, the PXI-8196 employs an Intel Pentium M processor that delivers higher performance at lower clock rates than previous-generation processors.

The controller's Mobile Intel 915GM Express Chipset provides the PCI Express interface to the Gigabit Ethernet and to the ExpressCard/34 slot for high-speed interface to numerous peripheral I/O types.

Engineers can use an ExpressCard to add more I/O including a second Gigabit Ethernet port, 802.11 wireless LAN, removable flash memory, IEEE 1394 (FireWire) and Bluetooth. Additional PXI-8196 integrated peripherals include four USB 2.0 ports, a GPIB interface and both a serial and parallel port.

The PXI-8195 and PXI-8196 work with the entire suite of National Instruments modular instruments and offer seamless integration with the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, as well as NI TestStand, LabWindows/CVI and other common development environments for automated test applications such as C, C++, Visual Basic and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET.

The controllers ship with Microsoft Windows XP Professional pre-installed, saving engineers valuable time in software installation and configuration.

In addition, the PXI-8195 and PXI-8196 offer hard drive-based recovery that engineers can use to restore their systems back to factory default if needed.

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