NATIONAL Instruments has released PXI and VXI rack-mount controllers.
The NI PXI-8350 and NI VXI-8350 have a 3GHz Pentium 4 processor with hyperthreading and up to 4GB of dual-channel, double data rate (DDR) RAM. They also incorporate peripherals including a serial-ATA hard drive, dual-gigabit Ethernet and USB 2.0 in a single module to ease system integration. Broad software support, processing power and high-performance peripherals make them suitable for manufacturing test applications intensive data analysis and streaming-to-disk requirements.
They occupy 1U of rack space. The NI PXI-8350 controller includes a complete MXI-4 PXI remote control kit to cable to the PXI chassis. The NI VXI-8350 controller includes a complete MXI-2 VXI remote control kit to cable to the VXI chassis. Connectivity to PXI, VXI, Ethernet, USB, serial and GPIB (via USB) makes the controllers suitable for use as the central hub of a complete test system.
They are available with Windows XP installed. The controllers can integrate with a variety of software including the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, NI LabWindows/CVI and NI TestStand test management software.