ENGINEERS can now use the first-ever National Instruments (NI) six-slot PXI chassis for low-cost remote control and portable real-time control.
For remote control, a PC, server or workstation controls the PXI chassis through MXI-Express, a transparent PCI Express-to-PCI bridge. Engineers also can use MXI-4 for traditional remote control of PXI.
To reduce the initial PXI setup cost by 44% per slot (compared to a PXI-1031 chassis and MXI-4 kit), engineers can combine the new NI PXI-1036 chassis with a MXI-Express remote controller kit.
With this low-cost PXI entry point, engineers can control up to five modular instrument or data acquisition modules across a remote link that offers 110MB/s of sustained analogue bandwidth - a more than 40% increase compared to MXI-4 PCI remote control of PXI.
The NI PXI-1036 chassis works with all National Instruments remote controllers and two-slot wide PXI/CompactPCI controllers, such as the NI PXI-8145, for portable real-time control.
The new chassis increases the number of slots available for measurement modules from three in the NI PXI-1031 chassis to five.
With the same dimensions as the existing four-slot portable system, the NI PXI-1036 chassis adds two slots for PXI/CompactPCI devices by reducing the width of the supported embedded controller.
The compact, rugged and portable chassis weighs less than 12 pounds and has a small footprint for portability. It features operating temperature range of 0°C to 50°C and additional shock and vibration of 30g.
The PXI-1036 dc chassis offers a combined ac and dc power supply.
The chassis works seamlessly with a variety of NI software including the LabVIEW graphical development environment, NI TestStand test management software, LabWindows/CVI ANSI C development environment and SignalExpress interactive measurement environment. It also works with all PXI and CompactPCI instruments, including modular instruments and data acquisition devices.
PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation (PXI) is an open specification governed by the PXI Systems Alliance (www.pxisa.org) that defines a rugged, CompactPCI-based platform optimised for test, measurement and control.
It is supported by more than 65 member companies and more than 1,150 products are available.
PXI products are compatible with the CompactPCI industrial computer standard and offer additional features such as environmental specifications, standardised software and built-in timing and synchronisation.