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PXI and Mac OS X

Developed in 1997 and launched in 1998, PXI is an open industry standard to meet the increasing demands of complex instrumentation systems. Today, National Instruments and more than 65 other companies promote the PXI standard, ensure interoperability, and maintain the PXI specification.

What Is PXI?

PXI (PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation) is a rugged PC-based platform for measurement and automation systems. PXI combines PCI electrical-bus features with the rugged, modular, Eurocard, mechanical packaging of CompactPCI and then adds specialized synchronization buses. This makes it both a high-performance and low-cost deployment platform for measurement and automation systems. These systems serve applications such as manufacturing test, military and aerospace, machine monitoring, automotive, and industrial test.

Support for Mac OS X on PXI

Although PXI systems do not currently support installing Mac OS X on an embedded PXI controller, controller options include remote control from a G5 or PowerBook using MXI-4 products. Timing and triggering benefits typically associated with using PXI are not available to Mac OS X users who choose MXI-4, however, MXI-4 will allow Mac OS X users to have a PXI chassis function as an extension to their existing PCI bus. To learn more about MXI-4, visit the MXI product pages.

Additionally, the NI-DAQmx Base driver software for Mac OS X is compatible with M Series, E Series, B Series multifunction and other PXI data acquisition devices.