NI PXI-8186 RT High-Performance RT Series PXI Embedded Controller

  • 42 kHz single-channel PID loop, maximum
  • Mobile 2.2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor
  • 256 MB DDR RAM Standard, 1 GB Maximum
  • 10/100BaseTX Ethernet, 2 RS-232 serial ports, 1 GPIB port
  • Deployment platform for LabVIEW Real-Time applications
  • Not recommended for new designs
  • Configure Complete PXI System
Not recommended for new designs.

The National Instruments PXI-8186 RT controller offers a high-performance real-time platform, ideal for real-time test and control applications. You develop your LabVIEW application with the NI LabVIEW Real-Time Module on Windows or Mac OS X, and then download the program to your NI PXI-8186 RT embedded controller via Ethernet. The embedded code executes on a real-time operating system. Thus, you use all of the powerful, flexible development tools of LabVIEW to build reliable real-time solutions. To configure a complete PXI system based on Real-Time PXI Controllers, visit

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Part Number Description Est Ship  US Dollars Qty
NI PXI-8186 RT
777169-01IEEE 1284 Parallel Port Cable Adapter, 6 in.12 - 20$ 104.00
183285-02X13 GPIB Cable, MicroD25 to Shielded cable/Standard connector, 2M5 - 10$ 144.00
778713-01Spare PS2 to Keyboard/Mouse Adapter CableCall$ 40.00

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