Austin, Tex. National Instruments has launched a family of PXI, PXI Express and PXI real-time embedded controllers based on the T7400 2.16 GHz dual-core Intel Core 2 Duo processor. The NI PXI-8106 and NI PXIe-8106 controllers are said to deliver a performance improvement of more than 100 percent compared to systems running traditional single-core processors. With two cores, or computing engines, in one processor, the PXI and PXI Express controllers can simultaneously execute two computing tasks.
With the dual-core processor, the NI PXI-8106 and NI PXIe-8106e embedded controllers seamlessly integrate with multi-tasking environments such as Windows XP, in which multiple applications run simultaneously, as well as multi-threaded applications such as the National Instruments LabVIEWgraphical development platform.
The embedded controllers also deliver up to a 46 percent performance improvement for NI LabVIEW applications compared to systems using an Intel Core Duo processor. Using SYSmark PC benchmarking software, the NI PXI-8106 and NI PXIe-8106 embedded controllers demonstrate an overall performance improvement of 29 percent compared to the previous-generation dual-core controllers and 67 percent compared to previous-generation single-core controllers, according to the company.
In addition, engineers and scientists can use the new NI PXI-8106 RTM embedded controller with the NI LabView Real-Time Module for deterministic and reliable measurement and control applications. LabVIEW Real-Time uses the processor in single-core mode to achieve an up to 20 percent performance improvement for LabVIEW Real-Time applications compared to the company's previous highest-performance real-time controller.
The NI PXI-8106, NI PXIe-8106 and NI PXI-8106 RT embedded controllers feature Gigabit Ethernet for high-speed networking in distributed systems. The integrated ExpressCard slot gives engineers the choice of additional peripheral I/O such as external RAID hard-drive arrays for high-speed streaming to disk. The controllers also feature a Serial ATA hard drive, DVI-I digital and analog video, and additional I/O such as Hi-Speed USB, GPIB, serial and parallel. They can also be equipped with an extended-temperature, extended-operation hard drive for applications that include high and low temperature extremes or require 24/7 operation.
The NI PXI-8106, NI PXIe-8106 and NI PXI-8106 RT embedded controllers come with Windows XP Professional or LabVIEW Real-Time installed. Controllers with Windows XP include hard drive-based recovery, which engineers can use to restore their systems back to factory default if necessary. The controllers work with a variety of NI software including LabVIEW, the LabVIEW Real-Time Module, LabWindows/CVI software for ANSI C development and NI TestStand test management software.
Pricing: Starts at $4,499
Datasheets: NI PXI-8106 and NI PXIe-8106
National Instruments, 1-800-258-7022, www.ni.com/pxi