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New PXI Controllers from NI Deliver 50% Higher Performance, Gigabit Ethernet

April 212005
New PXI Controllers from NI Deliver 50% Higher Performance, Gigabit Ethernet
NI Introduces Industry’s First Controllers to Use Mobile Intel 915GM Express Chipset

NEWS RELEASE – April 19, 2005 – National Instruments today announced two new PXI controllers, the NI PXI-8195 and NI PXI-8196, which are the industry’s first controllers to use the Mobile Intel 915GM Express Chipset. In addition, the PXI-8196 is the first embedded controller to use the power of a 2.0 GHz Intel Pentium M 760 Processor, making it the industry’s highest-performance embedded controller and increasing its overall performance by more than 50 percent compared to existing PXI controllers operating with the 2.5 GHz Mobile Intel Pentium 4 Processor. The new PXI-8195 includes the 1.5 GHz Intel Celeron M 370 Processor.

Both controllers feature dual-channel DDR2 memory, with a maximum capacity of 2 GB, and are ideal for applications requiring intensive analysis or system development, such as ATE, military/aerospace, communications, industrial and consumer electronics applications. In addition, the PXI-8195 and PXI-8196 both provide full-rate Gigabit Ethernet. By offering Gigabit Ethernet, the more than 1,200 available PXI/CompactPCI modules now can benefit from this high-speed interface.

“We are pleased that National Instruments is integrating Intel mobile processors in their PXI-8196 product. The high-performance Intel platforms including the Intel Pentium M 760 Processor and the Mobile Intel 915GM Express Chipset extend system performance at lower power-consumption rates,” said Jonathan Luse, Intel Corporation marketing manager for embedded markets and emerging countries.

Created for use in PXI and CompactPCI systems, the PXI-8196 employs an Intel Pentium M processor that delivers higher performance at lower clock rates than previous-generation processors. The controller’s Mobile Intel 915GM Express Chipset provides the PCI Express interface to the Gigabit Ethernet and to the ExpressCard/34 slot for high-speed interface to numerous peripheral I/O types. Engineers can use an ExpressCard to add more I/O including a second Gigabit Ethernet port, 802.11 wireless LAN, removable flash memory, IEEE 1394 (FireWire) and Bluetooth. Additional PXI-8196 integrated peripherals include four USB 2.0 ports, a GPIB interface and both a serial and parallel port.

The PXI-8195 and PXI-8196 work with the entire suite of National Instruments modular instruments and offer seamless integration with the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, as well as NI TestStand, LabWindows/CVI and other common development environments for automated test applications such as C, C++, Visual Basic and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET. The controllers ship with Microsoft Windows XP Professional pre-installed, saving engineers valuable time in software installation and configuration. In addition, the PXI-8195 and PXI-8196 offer hard drive-based recovery that engineers can use to restore their systems back to factory default if needed.

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. PXI products are compatible with the CompactPCI industrial computer standard that is supported by more than 60 member companies and more than 1,000 products. PXI offers additional features such as environmental specifications, standardized software and built-in timing and synchronization.

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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 in industry, government and academia approach measurement and automation. Leveraging PCs and commercial technologies, virtual instrumentation increases productivity and lowers costs for test, control and design applications through easy-to-integrate software, such as NI LabVIEW, and modular measurement and control hardware for PXI, PCI, USB and Ethernet. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,400 employees and direct operations in nearly 40 countries. In 2004, the company sold products to more than 25,000 companies in 90 countries. For the past six years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

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