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PXI Express embedded controller

16 May 2012 Computer/Embedded Technology

National Instruments has released the NI PXIe-8115 high-performance embedded controller featuring the latest dual-core 2nd Generation Intel Core i5 processor, which helps reduce test times and is ideal for multicore applications.

The controller features a rich set of peripheral I/O ports with six USB 2.0 ports. These onboard peripheral ports minimise the need for external peripheral adapters and help engineers build cost-effective hybrid systems. To improve serviceability and minimise downtime, the PXIe-8115 features in-ROM and hard drive diagnostics to determine the controller’s health. By combining the controller with LabVIEW system design software, engineers can gain efficiency in a variety of test, measurement and control applications.

The Intel Core i5-2510E processor gives the controller a 2,5 GHz base clock frequency and uses Intel Turbo Boost technology to automatically increase the clock frequency based on the application type. For example, when running applications that generate only a single processing thread, the CPU places the one unused core into an idle state and increases the active core’s clock frequency from 2,5 GHz to 3,1 GHz.

This feature removes the need for software applications to be multithreaded to use the latest CPU developments. The flexibility to operate in a dual-core or a high-performance single-core mode makes the controller ideal for a variety of applications, including high-performance automated test and industrial control.

In addition to high CPU performance, the NI PXIe-8115 features six USB 2.0 ports, two display ports to connect to multiple monitors, dual Gigabit Ethernet, GPIB, serial and parallel ports. For memory-intensive applications, it comes standard with 2 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 memory with up to 8 GB of maximum memory and support for the Windows 7 64-bit operating system.

For more information contact National Instruments, 0800 203 199, sales@natinst.co.za, www.ni.com/southafrica





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