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Last Modified: January 30, 2018

This document lists the electrical, mechanical, and environmental specifications of the PXIe-8238 dual-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet peripheral module.


Ethernet Connectivity Two SFP+ ports support 10GBASE-SR optic and Copper Direct Attach physical media
Data rate supported per port Up to 10 GbE
PXI Express Link Configuration Gen2 x8 PCI Express connection (maximum throughput is achievable with PXI Express Gen2 x8)
Slot Requirement One peripheral slot
LED Indicators

LINK (solid) and ACTIVITY (blinking)

LINK SPEED (green = 10 Gbps; yellow = 1 Gbps)

Front Panel Dimensions

The following figure shows the front panel layout and dimensions of the PXIe-8238. Dimensions are in inches (millimeters).

Figure 1. PXIe-8238 Front Panel Layout and Dimensions


Power Rail Typical Value Max Value
+3.3 VDC 0.62 A 0.93 A
+12 VDC 1.02 A 1.68 A
Total Power 14.28 W 23.23 A


Board dimensions

1-slot 3U PXI Express peripheral module


Fully compatible with PXI Express Specification 1.0


249 g (0.55 lb) typical


Clean the hardware with a soft, nonmetallic brush. Make sure the hardware is completely dry and free from contaminants before returning it to service.


Operating Environment

Ambient temperature range

0 °C to 55 °C (Tested in accordance with IEC-60068-2-1 and IEC-60068-2-2.)

Relative humidity range

10% to 90%, noncondensing (Tested in accordance with IEC-60068-2-56.)

Maximum altitude

2,000 m (800 mbar)

Pollution Degree


Indoor use only.

Storage Environment

Ambient temperature range

-40 °C to 71 °C (Tested in accordance with IEC-60068-2-1 and IEC-60068-2-2.)

Relative humidity range

5% to 95%, noncondensing (Tested in accordance with IEC-60068-2-56.)

Shock and Vibration

Operating shock

30 g peak, half-sine, 11 ms pulse (Tested in accordance with IEC-60068-2-27. Meets MIL-PRF-28800F Class 2 limits.)

Random vibration


5 Hz to 500 Hz, 0.3 grms


5 Hz to 500 Hz, 2.4 grms (Tested in accordance with IEC-60068-2-64. Nonoperating test profile exceeds the requirements of MIL-PRF-28800F, Class 3.)


This product is designed to meet the requirements of the following standards of safety for information technology equipment:
  • IEC 61010-1, EN 61010-1
  • CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 61010-1

For UL and other safety certifications, refer to the product label or the Online Product Certification section.

Electromagnetic Compatibility

This product meets the requirements of the following EMC standards for electrical equipment for measurement, control, and laboratory use:

  • EN 61326-1 (IEC 61326-1): Class A emissions; Basic immunity
  • EN 55011 (CISPR 11): Group 1, Class A emissions
  • EN 55022 (CISPR 22): Class A emissions
  • EN 55024 (CISPR 24): Immunity
  • AS/NZS CISPR 11: Group 1, Class A emissions
  • AS/NZS CISPR 22: Class A emissions
  • FCC 47 CFR Part 15B: Class A emissions
  • ICES-001: Class A emissions

In the United States (per FCC 47 CFR), Class A equipment is intended for use in commercial, light-industrial, and heavy-industrial locations. In Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand (per CISPR 11) Class A equipment is intended for use only in heavy-industrial locations.


Group 1 equipment (per CISPR 11) is any industrial, scientific, or medical equipment that does not intentionally generate radio frequency energy for the treatment of material or inspection/analysis purposes.


For EMC declarations and certifications, and additional information, refer to the Online Product Certification section.

CE Compliance

This product meets the essential requirements of applicable European Directives, as follows:

  • 2014/35/EU; Low-Voltage Directive (safety)
  • 2014/30/EU; Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive (EMC)

Online Product Certification

Refer to the product Declaration of Conformity (DoC) for additional regulatory compliance information. To obtain product certifications and the DoC for this product, visit, search by model number or product line, and click the appropriate link in the Certification column.

Environmental Management

NI is committed to designing and manufacturing products in an environmentally responsible manner. NI recognizes that eliminating certain hazardous substances from our products is beneficial to the environment and to NI customers.

For additional environmental information, refer to the Minimize Our Environmental Impact web page at This page contains the environmental regulations and directives with which NI complies, as well as other environmental information not included in this document.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

EU Customers  

At the end of the product life cycle, all NI products must be disposed of according to local laws and regulations. For more information about how to recycle NI products in your region, visit

Battery Replacement and Disposal

Battery Directive  

This device contains a long-life coin cell battery. If you need to replace it, use the Return Material Authorization (RMA) process or contact an authorized National Instruments service representative. For more information about compliance with the EU Battery Directive 2006/66/EC about Batteries and Accumulators and Waste Batteries and Accumulators, visit



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