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National Instruments PCI Products

The National Instruments PCI platform includes many types of products, such as Digital I/O Devices, Waveform Generator Devices, Analog Output Devices, Sound and Vibration Devices, Oscilloscope Devices, Counter/Timer Devices, Digital Reconfigurable I/O Devices, Multifunction I/O Devices, CAN Interface Devices, Frame Grabber Devices, and others. The Legacy E Series consists of Multifunction DAQ, such as the PCI-6024E, PCI-6040E, and PCI-6052E. These devices can be used with NI-DAQ 7 driver software and have 16 SE/8 DI analog inputs. The Multifunction I/O Devices in the M Series, including the PCI-6221 and PCI-6229, are classified as mature. The M Series devices have an NI-STC 2 system timing controller and NI-MCal calibration technology. The PCI-6503 and other Digital I/O Devices offer digital output and input features for computer-based systems and can automate challenging applications. read more...

Various PCI products like the PCI-GPIB, PCI-6601, and PCI-6602 have been declared mature by National Instruments, while other PCI devices such as the PCI- CAN, PCI-DIO-32HS (PCI-6533), PCI-DIO-96, and PCI-1405 are now obsolete. The R Series Reconfigurable I/O Devices such as the PCI-7833R and PCI-7811R are obsolete as well. The R Series Devices have an onboard FPGA chip and can be programmed with the LabVIEW FPGA Module. All obsolete, mature, and discontinued PCI devices will still be obtainable for purchase at Apex Waves.

S Series

The National Instruments S Series devices are Simultaneous Sampling Multifunction DAQs. They are ideal for applications such as ultrasonic, ballistic, and radar transient recording and analysis. These devices are created with an analog-to-digital converter, which makes them superior to other devices regarding throughput and channel preciseness. There are pre/post-analog and digital trigger options. The S Series devices have analog and digital I/O, as well as counters and timers.

DSA Devices

The National Instruments Dynamic Signal Acquisition (DSA) Devices deliver dynamic signal generation and acquisition in sound and vibration applications for PXI systems. These devices have features such as antialiasing filters, IEPE conditioning, and software-configurable AC/DC coupling. The DSA Devices are created especially for applications such as noise and vibration diagnostics, automotive test, audio test and measurement, and various others.

R Series

The National Instruments R Series of Multifunction Reconfigurable I/O Devices have user-defined, onboard processing for versatility of system timing and triggering. The NI R Series Devices utilize an FPGA that is user-programmable, which allows all analog and digital I/O channels to be configured for application- specific operation. When R Series Devices are utilized with the LabVIEW FPGA Module, users can create applications such as high-speed control, hardware-in-the- loop assessment, sensor simulation, and custom protocol communication.

RT Series

The National Instruments RT Series consists of PXI Controllers and Multifunction I/O Boards, which can be used with LabVIEW RT for a simple to utilize system for real-time applications. The RT Series DAQ Devices contain a processor board and a daughter board. The PXI systems can also be controlled by a host PC to run real-time, embedded LabVIEW RT applications.

HSDIO Series

The National Instruments High Speed Digital I/O (HSDIO) Devices have programmable voltage levels, 256 MB total onboard memory, and can be used with NI Digital Waveform Editor to generate, import, and edit digital waveforms. The HSDIO Series can be used for many applications, including complicated stimulus-response assessments or interfacing and device simulation.

Timing and Synchronization Modules

The National Instruments Timing and Synchronization Modules allow a higher level of synchronization on the PXI platform with the use of high-precision triggering, high-stability clocks, and advanced signal routing. These modules can accomplish synchronization over a massive distance via IRIG-B, GPS, PPS, or IEEE 1588. The Timing and Synchronization Modules also have skew reduction with differential star and star lines.

MXI-Express x1 Series

The National Instruments MXI-Express x1 is a cabled PCI Express x1 link, which allows for the control of devices installed in a VXI, CompactRIO, PXI, or PXI Express chassis. MXI-Express x1 controls the device via laptops, workstations, desktop computers, or other types of host controllers with an ExpressCard, PCI, or PCI Express slot. The MXI-Express x1 devices have 1 or 2 ports and fiber-optic or copper cable support.

MXI-4 Series

MXI-4 is a high-bandwidth link designed by National Instruments, which is transparent to drivers and software applications and offers the capability to utilize high-performance servers or desktop computers to control PXI systems. The MXI- 4 link comprises a PCI-8331 or PCI-8336 board in a PC, linked with a cable to a PXI-8331 or PXI-8336 module in slot 1 of a PXI Chassis. MXI-4 also has support for 5 V and 3.3 V PCI, which is an improvement upon MXI-3.

Serial Interface Devices

The Serial Interface Devices by National Instruments allow users to communicate with and control external serial hardware by utilizing asynchronous serial interfaces with numerous protocols. These devices can add as many as 16 serial ports to a system. Standard serial protocols are supported by these devices, including RS232, RS485, or RS422.

MXI-2 Series

The National Instruments MXI-2 Series is the second generation of the NI MXIbus models, with more signals than the first generation. The MXI-2 Series modules also have a higher data throughput with a maximum of 33 MB/s between two MXI-2 products. The MXI-2 interface kits connect a PCI-based computer or a PXI/CompactPCI Chassis to the VXIbus or VMEbus with the MXI-2 bus.

B Series

The National Instruments B Series is a Legacy Series of Multifunction DAQ Devices. This series is an affordable option for PCI data acquisition features, providing 16 SE/8 DI analog inputs, up to 2 analog outputs, 2 counters/timers, and digital triggers. The B Series devices are supported with NI-DAQmx driver software.

PCI CAN Interfaces

The National Instruments PCI CAN (Controller Area Network) Interfaces allow PCs to link to and communicate on a CAN bus. These interfaces utilize onboard transceivers for High-Speed/Flexible Data-Rate, Low-Speed/Fault-Tolerant, Single-Wire, and/or Software-Selectable CAN. The PCI CAN Interfaces have 1 or 2 ports and can be used with the NI-XNET driver software.

PCI Digital Multimeters

The National Instruments PCI Digital Multimeter Devices (DMMs) can complete frequency/period, voltage, current, temperature, and resistance measurements, along with diode tests for PC-based systems. DMMs are equipped with 2- or 4- wire resistance, AC/DC voltage, and AC/DC current.

PCI Controllers

The National Instruments PCI Controllers are obsolete. This series consist of Motion Controllers such as the PCI-7334 and Switch Controllers like the PCI- 4021. The Motion Controllers have the capability to control a maximum of 8 individual axes of motors, while the Switch Controllers control an SCXI-based switching system.

PCI Multifunction Devices

The National Instruments PCI Multifunction Devices are a mixture of digital I/O, analog I/O, as well as counter/timer functions for computer-based systems in one device. These devices can be used for industry applications like design verification, automation, and research. The PCI Multifunction Devices have various sample rates, output rates, and channel counts to meet the requirements of many standard measurements.

PCI Waveform Generators

The National Instruments PCI Waveform Generator Devices can create user- defined and regular arbitrary waveforms. These Waveform Generators can create several types of accurate waveforms, such as triangle, sine, ramp, and square. The NI PCI Waveform Generator Devices are classified as mature or obsolete.

NI-656x Series

The National Instruments NI-656x Series of Digital Waveform Generators can be utilized as a pattern generator, stimulus-response tester, PC/peripheral device interface, or pattern analyzer. These Digital Waveform Generators have 16 channels and can create and obtain information at 200 Mb/s or 400 Mb/s. The NI- 656x Series also has the capability to utilize NI-TClk to synchronize several instruments.

GPIB Instrument Control Modules

The National Instruments GPIB Instrument Control Modules integrate non-PXI devices into a PXI system via the GPIB standard. The PXI GPIB Instrument Control Modules have IEEE 488 controllers for PXI systems. The user can select an option that supports Gigabit Ethernet transfer rates.

E Series

The National Instruments E Series of Multifunction DAQ Devices are equipped with 16-64 channels, 12 or 16-bit resolution, and sample rates to 1.25 MS/s maximum. The NI E Series devices utilize the National Instruments DAQ system timing controller, otherwise referred to as DAQ-STC for functions relevant to time. This series consists of both PCI and PXI boards.

DIO Series

The National Instruments Digital I/O or DIO Devices deliver digital output and input functions for computer-based systems. The DIO Devices come with varying specifications for current, voltage, and channel count, ensuring the user will be able to find the greatest model for their requirements. The NI DIO Devices additionally have programmable input filters, programmable power-up states, digital I/O watchdogs, and other useful features.

Analog Output Devices

The National Instruments Analog Output Devices can replace many different parts in a system due to their wide range of features. The devices can replace PID controllers, function generators, and low-speed arbitrary waveform generators. These devices offer a range of channel counts, output resolutions, and features. The NI Analog Output Devices allow the user to create applications like signal or sensor simulation, power supply control, and deterministic control.

M Series

The National Instruments M Series Multifunction Data Acquisition (DAQ) Devices come with as many as 80 analog input channels, four analog output channels maximum, as many as 48 lines of DIO, and two counters. There are several types of devices in the M Series: Bus-Powered Devices for USB, Industrial Devices, High-Accuracy Devices, Low-Cost Devices, and High-Speed Devices. All NI MI Series Devices can be utilized with NI-DAQmx 15.5 and later.

MXI-3 Series

The National Instruments MXI-3 consists of Interface Boards and Modules which have compatibility for either copper or fiber-optic cabling and 200 m maximum cabling distance. MXI-3 functions as a PCI-to-PCI bridge to complete high performance, as well as hardware and software transparency. The MXI-3 Remote Controllers have a peak rate of 132 Mbytes/s.