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LAN eXtensions for Instrumentation (LXI) is an emerging instrument control standard based on local area network (LAN) and Ethernet technologies. NI is active in the LXI Consortium as part of its ongoing commitment to support all instrument control buses, including GPIB, LXI, and PXI. NI simplifies LXI and LAN complexities by offering a complete suite of instrument control software. Additionally, as the LXI Consortium continues to revise the standard with new options, NI software for LXI minimizes the changes to your test systems. NI instrument control software – including LabVIEW, Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX), NI-VISA, and NI IO Trace – simplify using LXI today and will continue to with more changes on the horizon.

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Instrument Control for LXI and LAN

IEEE 1588 Interfaces for LXI

These high-performance, plug-in interfaces are ideal for distributed instrument control and data acquisition applications. Using the latest IEEE 1588 precision time protocol technology, these interfaces help you synchronize multiple devices over a network with submicrosecond precision.

Ethernet-to-GPIB Controller

The NI GPIB-ENET/100 Ethernet-to-GPIB controller helps networked computers communicate with and control IEEE 488 devices from anywhere on an Ethernet-based TCP/IP network.

Ethernet-to-Serial Interfaces

The NI ENET-485 and ENET-232 series Ethernet-to-serial devices help you add up to four RS232 or RS485 serial ports to a system for controlling serial instruments on an Ethernet-based TCP/IP network.

Dual-Port Gigabit Ethernet Controller for PXI Express

The NI PXIe-8234 gigabit Ethernet interface, based on the Intel 82572EI gigabit controller, helps you get the most performance from your GigE Vision camera.

Combination PCI-GPIB Controller and Gigabit Ethernet Port

The NI PCI-8232 board combines the popular PCI-GPIB controller, capable of transfer rates up to 7.7 MB/s, with a built-in 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX/1000BASE-T Ethernet port. These boards are deal for systems that lack an Ethernet port because they can add it and a GPIB controller using only one PCI slot instead of two.

Ethernet Cables and Accessories

NI provides Ethernet cable options to fit your measurement system requirements. NI also offers a rack-mount kit for the GPIB-ENET/100.

Complete Systems with NI Software

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