Using Windows 10 for Your PXI-Based Test and Measurement System


This white paper outlines recent innovations in the PXI platform: the industry’s first PXI Express embedded controller with support for Windows 10 OS, powered by an Intel Xeon 8-core processor and the industry’s first all-hybrid PXI chassis with PCI Express Gen 3 technology and matching system bandwidth. When combined, the chassis and controller deliver up to twice the processing power and system bandwidth compared with previous highest performance PXI platform. With the modularity to meet evolving requirements, this combination makes PXI a zero-compromise solution for any test and measurement system.


NI collaborated with Intel to deliver the server-class power of Intel Xeon processors to the test and measurement market. The NI PXIe-8880 embedded controller features eight cores, up to 24 GB of DDR4 memory and 24 lanes of PCI Express Gen 3 connectivity to the backplane. This gives engineers and scientists with up to twice the processing power and bandwidth compared with previous generation controllers.

Since the inception of the PXI standard in 1997, NI has played a key role in building a foundation for innovation by continually delivering a broad and high-performance chassis portfolio to meet the I/O point and performance needs of customer applications. With the latest chassis release, NI has delivered the first PXI chassis based on PCI Express Gen 3 technology to offer engineers twice the slot and system bandwidth of previous-generation chassis.

This white paper will discuss both new products, along with the support for Windows 10 OS.

Topics Covered

  • PXIe-8880 Intel Xeon-based embedded controller: Windows 10 OS support, specifications at a glance, and performance benchmarks
  • PXIe-1085 24 GB/s Chassis: specifications at a glance, PXI Express specification, all-hybrid slots, PXI backplane technology
  • PXIe-8830mc Coprocessing Module
  • Key application areas



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