Driving Innovation for Engineers and Scientists with National Instruments and Intel

By Lea Dekkar, National Instruments Product Marketing Engineer, PXI embedded controllers

NI is excited to bring the Xeon E5 v3 2600 Processor Family to the test and measurement industry in our PXIe-8880 embedded controller for the PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation (PXI) platform. From simplifying daily tasks to overcoming complexity in nearly every industry, NI is the provider of solutions that enable engineers and scientists to solve the world’s greatest engineering challenges.

As an example, consider the latest smart mobile devices that incorporate microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) microphones, gyroscopes, and accelerometers, high-definition video encoding/decoding, along with GPS, WiFi, and Cellular RF technologies. As devices become more complex, manufacturers must not only consider the time it takes to test these devices on a production line but also the expanding test requirements imposed by these new functions. In order to maintain a competitive advantage, manufacturers look to the latest commercial-off-the-shelf technology such as the Xeon E5 v3 2600 Processor Family to achieve the superior performance needed.

Traditional instruments may have sufficient technology to digitize a signal but are often running obsolete operating systems with outdated processing technology. NI has redefined the traditional testing approach with an approach that combines PXI modular hardware and LabVIEW system design software. With this combination, engineers use the latest technologies such as Intel multicore microprocessors, user-programmable FPGAs, PCI Express, and system design software to achieve the flexibility and scalability demanded for high-performance test and measurement applications. With the release of the Xeon E5 v3 2600 Processor Family, engineers can take advantage of improved CPU performance to unlock measurement capabilities and performance they’ve never achieved before.

The collaboration between NI and Intel continues to give engineers and scientists the flexible solutions they need to accelerate productivity and drive innovation and discovery.  We are excited to release the PXIe-8880 embedded controller based on the Xeon E5 v3 2600 Processor Family. The new PXIe-8880 features 8 cores, 2.3 GHz base frequency, and up to 3.4 GHz single-core turbo frequency, making it the most powerful embedded controller available in PXI. When combined with more than 600 plug-in PXI peripheral modules from NI, engineers can immediately take advantage of this performance across a wide range of measurement and automation tasks.

As Jim Robinson, General Manager for Intel IoT Solutions Group mentioned at NIWeek* 2014 last month “Unlocking the value of the Internet of Things (IoT) will require platform-based systems that are flexible and scalable to accommodate the growth of these smart machines."  We couldn’t agree more, and look forward to what Intel, NI, our partners in the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and the Intel Embedded Alliance will do to help engineers realize the IoT.

*To view the video of Jim Robinson’s keynote at NIWeek, see the Wednesday segment titled “The Internet of Things”

For more on NI’s collaboration with Intel, click here: http://www.ni.com/intel-technology/