PXI 101 Platform Resource Kit


Download this platform resource kit to learn about PXI, the industry-standard platform for developing modular test and measurement systems.


Powered by software, PXI is a rugged PC-based platform for measurement and automation systems. PXI combines PCI electrical-bus features with the modular, Eurocard packaging of CompactPCI and then adds specialized synchronization buses and key software features. PXI is both a high-performance and low-cost deployment platform for applications such as manufacturing test, military and aerospace, machine monitoring, automotive, and industrial test. Developed in 1997 and launched in 1998, PXI is an open industry standard governed by the PXI Systems Alliance (PXISA), a group of more than 70 companies chartered to promote the PXI standard, ensure interoperability, and maintain the PXI specification across its mechanical, electrical, and software architectures.

PXI systems are composed of three main hardware components: chassis, controller, and peripheral modules. The hardware systems are driven by software, often with individual portions of LabVIEW, C/C++, .NET, or Python code being organized by test management software (for example, TestStand).


Topics Covered

  • Overview of a PXI System: chassis, controller, modules, software
  • Chassis: PCI and PCI express communication, timing and synchronization, power and cooling
  • Controller: PXI embedded controllers, rack-mount controllers, PC controller of PXI systems, laptop control of PXI systems, multi-chassis configurations
  • Peripheral Modules: DC, analog, digital, RF, sensors
  • Software: test executive, HIL simulation software, graphical programming, text-based programming, real-time deployment
  • Proven Customer Success