SOURCE: PXI Systems Alliance (PXISA)

October 16, 2007 09:00 ET

PXISA Hosts 10 Year Anniversary Event and PXI Express PlugFest at AUTOTESTCON 2007

PXI Vendors Celebrate Decade of PXI Success and Test PXI Express Products for Interoperability and Compatibility

NIWOT, CO--(Marketwire - October 16, 2007) - The PXI Systems Alliance (www.pxisa.org) today announced the commencement of the 10 year anniversary of the PXI specification and completion of the second PXI Express PlugFest at AUTOTESTCON 2007 on Sept. 21 in Baltimore, MD. As part of the 10th Anniversary celebration of PXI, the PXISA recognized the successful adoption and support of the PXI standard at AUTOTESTCON by holding a toast and serving refreshments for all conference attendees, including more than 50 PXI and CompactPCI vendors in attendance at the conference.

Additionally, multiple PXISA vendors including ADLINK, Aeroflex, Geotest-Marvin Test Systems, GOEPEL electronic, and National Instruments Corporation participated in the 2nd PXI Express plugfest at AUTOTESTCON to test new PXI Express chassis, controllers and modules for interoperability. Vendors also tested existing PXI modules in PXI Express systems for software and hardware compatibility. The PlugFest demonstrated successful interoperability between PXI Express products from the participating vendors and compatibility of new PXI Express systems with existing PXI modules.

"We tested the PXI Express products for mechanical, electrical and software interoperability," said Mark Wetzel, technical chair of the PXI Systems Alliance. "We are pleased with the successful interoperability showcased during the PlugFest. The PXI Express systems we tested also demonstrated software and hardware compatibility with existing PXI modules."

The PXI Express Specification, which passed in August 2005, integrates PCI Express technology into the PXI test and measurement standard. The first PXI Express chassis and controllers released in April 2006, while the first modules released in August 2006. With PXI Express, engineers and scientists can achieve bandwidth of up to 6 GB/s per system -- a 45 times improvement compared to traditional PXI systems. This industry-leading bandwidth makes PXI Express an ideal platform for high-speed applications, such as communications test. PXI Express also provides very low latency, which reduces the execution time of automated and manufacturing test applications.

About the PXI Systems Alliance

Formed in June 1998, the PXISA is a group of more than 58 companies that share a common commitment to end-user success with open, multivendor CompactPCI systems for applications in test and measurement, industrial automation and data acquisition. The primary goal of the PXISA is to improve the effectiveness of CompactPCI-based solutions in measurement and automation through use of the PXI specification. PXISA membership is open to vendors who share the PXI philosophy and objectives, and have a desire to produce and promote products and solutions compatible with alliance goals.

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