The NI 9159 MXI-Express RIO chassis is a cabled reconfigurable I/O (RIO) target for high-performance applications. A high-bandwidth, cabled link based on a x1 PCI Express bus, the MXI-Express interface is transparent to software applications and drivers. You can connect the NI 9159 directly to the multicore CompactRIO or NI industrial controller. You can also use ExpressCard, PXI/PXI Express to MXI-Express adapters, or PCI Express to MXI-Express adapters to connect the NI 9159 to industrial PCs or PXI embedded controllers. You can daisy chain up to six MXI-Express RIO chassis in a single chain and connect up to eight chains to a single controller, making MXI-Express RIO an ideal choice for high-channel-count applications.
The NI 9159 includes a user-programmable Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA core, giving you high processing power and capacity and the ability to design custom hardware using NI LabVIEW FPGA Module software. The FPGA software provides low-level hardware access to the hot-swappable C Series I/O modules, so you can create unprecedented timing, triggering, control, and synchronization schemes for industrial, hardware-in-the-loop, and real-time test applications.