National Instruments Connects PXI System to Gigabit Ethernet Networks

6/11/2003 - Engineers now can use National Instruments new Gigabit Ethernet or combination Gigabit Ethernet and GPIB controller modules to connect their PXI system to Gigabit Ethernet networks for increased performance.

With the NI PXI-8231 Gigabit Ethernet and NI PXI-8232 combination Gigabit Ethernet and GPIB modules, engineers can transfer files, connect to networks and view video images across a network all at a faster speed than before. Engineers can achieve transmission speeds of up to 500 Mb/s and receive speeds of up to 800 Mb/s. Gigabit Ethernet is fully compatible with existing Ethernet standards and cabling. The Gigabit Ethernet port automatically switches between 10, 100 and 1,000 Mb/s modes, depending on the network capability, as the boards are fully compatible with 10BaseT and 100BaseTX networks. The Auto-MDI feature of the modules auto-detects whether the cable is a straight through or crossover Ethernet cable and can use either cable type.

The NI PXI-8231 and NI PXI-8232 modules integrate with all PXI hardware products and a variety of software, including NI LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI, Measurement Studio, TestStand and Switch Executive. NI ships the boards with NI-488.2 and NI-VISA application programming interfaces for Windows 2000/NT/XP/Me/9x.

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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. Readers may obtain investment information from the company's investor relations department at (512) 683-5090, by sending e-mail to or on the Web at

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