Quad-core PXI embedded controller

June 26, 2013 // By EDN
Adlink has introduced its first 4-core embedded controller, the PXI-3980 with dual BIOS backup, reducing maintenance costs, and optimising solutions for multitasking test and measurement applications

The PXI embedded controller uses the Intel Core i7-2715QE 2.1 GHz processor, with up to 16 GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 memory, for seamless execution in multitasking environments and reduced test times. The PXI-3980 features dual BIOS backup, conserving maintenance costs, multiple interfaces for connecting and controlling a wide variety of standalone instruments, user-friendly access design for easy maintenance, and support for hybrid PXI-based testing system control.

The PXI-3980's innovative structure delivers high availability in reliable testing systems, include adopting dual BIOS backup, allowing, in the event of a main BIOS crash, the secondary BIOS to boot the system and recover the main BIOS, reducing maintenance costs and efforts. Easy maintenance makes battery, storage device, and SODIMM modules swap-out more easily. In addition, solid metal case elements protect electrical components and enhance electromagnetic compatibility.

The Adlink PXI-3980 provides multiple interface choices for connecting and controlling a wide variety of standalone instruments, including two display ports supports for VGA + DVI, dual GbE ports, GBIP, and trigger I/O for advanced PXI trigger functions. The PXI-3980 also includes four USB 2.0 ports and dual hi-speed USB 3.0 ports for connection to storage, easily accessing data from system controllers with limited built-in data storage size, and securing data with no storage damage issues. ADLINK provides the option of either a pre-installed HDD or Intel 520 Series SSD for performance and reliability.

“Implementation of modular instrumentation in high-performance automated test equipment (ATE) is a growing industry trend when complex testing tasks are to be administrated.” Catherine Wu, Director of ADLINK's Measurement and Automation Product Segment said. “ADLINK’s PXI-3980, featuring enhanced quad core CPU performance, specifically supports applications requiring intensive data analysis or processing."

The PXI-3980 supports Windows 7 32/64-bit, and Windows XP 32-bit operating systems. The PXI-3980 controller, combined with the ADLINK 3U 19-slot PXI-2719A chassis, is suitable for a wide variety of testing and measurement applications, such as wireless and RF testing.