NI Introduces Pentium 4 and Celeron PXI-CompactPCI Controllers

12/17/2003 - National Instruments announced a new series of Pentium 4 and Celeron-based embedded PXI/CompactPCI controllers. The series includes the NI PXI-8186 controller, the industry’s fastest 3U PXI/CompactPCI embedded controller that features a 2.2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor. With the increased processing power of the PXI-8186 controller, engineers can perform more powerful analysis and reduce test time of automated test systems. The NI PXI-8180 Series controllers ease system integration while meeting the demanding reliability requirements of real-time and automated test applications.

"Because our customers deploy PXI systems in applications ranging from real-time control to manufacturing test, NI controllers must meet strict reliability requirements across a variety of operating conditions," said Robert Canik, director of PXI and instrument control for NI. "We heavily integrate testing into both the design and manufacturing process, ensuring a final product that meets these needs without sacrificing performance."

In addition to the NI PXI-8186 controller, the series includes the 1.2 GHz NI PXI-8185 Celeron-based and 850 MHz NI PXI-8184 embedded controllers. These two controllers give engineers a compact, high-performance PC platform for modular instrumentation and are ideal for cost-sensitive applications.

The NI PXI-8180 Series controllers incorporate an extensive set of peripherals -- such as hard drive, Ethernet, USB, GPIB and Serial -- into a single module to ease system integration. National Instruments PXI embedded controllers operate with all PXI and CompactPCI peripheral modules and are available with Windows XP/2000 or NI LabVIEW Real-Time installed. NI delivers worldwide support for its controllers with installations of Windows in English, Japanese, Spanish, German, Korean, French and traditional Chinese.

Engineers can use these controllers for a wide spectrum of applications -- from high-performance automated systems to low-cost embedded systems. The rugged, industrial packaging of the controllers makes them ideal for performing a variety of functions in harsh environments including machine monitoring and control, functional test and data acquisition.

About PXI
PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation (PXI) is an open specification governed by the PXI Systems Alliance ( that defines a rugged, CompactPCI-based platform for measurement and automation. PXI products are completely compatible with the CompactPCI industrial computer standard that is supported by more than 60 member companies and more than 900 products. PXI offers additional features such as environmental specifications, standardization software and built-in timing and triggering.

About National Instruments
National Instruments ( is a technology pioneer and leader in virtual instrumentation -- a revolutionary concept that has changed the way engineers and scientists approach measurement and automation. Leveraging the PC and its related technologies, virtual instrumentation increases productivity and lowers costs for customers worldwide through easy-to-integrate software, such as the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, and modular hardware, such as PXI modules for data acquisition, instrument control and machine vision. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,000 employees and direct operations in 40 countries. In 2002, the company sold products to more than 25,000 different companies in more than 80 countries around the world. For the past four consecutive years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

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