NI Rolls Out PXI-8108PXI Embedded Controller, PXI System Accessories

National Instruments announced the NI PXI-8108, the industry’s fastest PXI embedded controller, and two new PXI system accessories, a 32 GB solid-state hard drive and the NI PXI-8250 system monitoring module. These new products provide increased system performance and reliability to help engineers and scientists achieve faster process execution, lower test times and longer system life.

The PXI-8108 embedded controller, which features an Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 processor, is designed for high-performance PXI and CompactPCI systems. With its 2.53 GHz dual-core processor and 800 MHz DDR2 memory, the PXI-8108 offers a 25 percent performance improvement over its dual-core predecessor, the NI PXI-8106, and a two times performance improvement over its single-core predecessor, the NI PXI-8196. With NI LabVIEW 8.6 software, engineers and scientists can take full advantage of the latest multicore controllers, such as the PXI-8108, by simplifying multithreaded application development and achieving increased performance without requiring major changes to existing LabVIEW code. The PXI-8108 also works with the NI LabVIEW Real-Time and LabWindows[tm]/CVI Real-Time modules to deliver a flexible, lasting platform for deterministic and real-time measurement and control.

“By leveraging the multicore technology in LabVIEW and the latest NI multicore PXI embedded controller, we were able to increase our test throughput by one additional workday per week,” said Alejandro Torres, senior manufacturing test engineer at Sanmina-SCI. “Best of all, we achieved this throughput increase by simply upgrading from a previous-generation PXI single-core embedded controller to the latest NI PXI multicore embedded controller with only minimal changes to our code.”

For engineers and scientists requiring maximum performance and reliability, the NI PXI-8108 controller can be upgraded to include a 32 GB PXI solid-state hard drive instead of the standard rotating magnetic disk drive. The PXI-8108 paired with the 32 GB solid-state hard drive offers an extended operating temperature range of zero to 55 oC, increased reliability and speed when reading and writing to files and streaming data and increased durability when exposed to shock and vibration due to no moving parts. Additionally, all the latest NI PXI and PXI Express Windows and real-time embedded controllers can be upgraded to use the new 32 GB solid-state hard drive.

To maximize the efficiency and overall life of a PXI system, NI now offers the PXI-8250 system monitoring module. With this module, engineers and scientists can monitor system intake and exhaust temperatures, fan speeds, processor and memory utilization and power supply voltage levels programmatically. Front-panel LEDs on the PXI-8250 indicate if parameters are within their appropriate operating ranges, and a relay on the front panel provides connectivity to external devices such as a status light or alarm.

About PXI
PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation (PXI) is an open specification governed by the PXI Systems Alliance ( that defines a rugged, CompactPCI-based platform optimized for test, measurement and control. Founded in 1997, the PXI specification is supported by more than 70 vendors offering more than 1,500 PXI products. PXI products are compatible with the CompactPCI and CompactPCI Express industrial computer standards and offer additional features such as environmental specifications, standardized software and built-in timing and synchronization.

About National Instruments
National Instruments is transforming the way engineers and scientists design, prototype and deploy systems for measurement, automation and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf software such as NI LabVIEW and modular cost-effective hardware, and sells to a broad base of more than 25,000 different companies worldwide, with no one customer representing more than 3 percent of revenue and no one industry representing more than 10 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 4,800 employees and direct operations in nearly 40 countries. For the past nine years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

Pricing Information
NI PXI-8108
Priced from $4,499; €3,999; ¥544,000
NI Solid-State Hard Drive
Priced from $999; €399; ¥55,000
NI PXI-8250
Priced from $499; €449; ¥61,000