National Instruments has introduced the PXIe-8301 remote control module for laptop control of PXI systems using Thunderbolt 3.

The PXIe-8301 offers PCI Express Gen 3 connectivity through two Thunderbolt 3 ports to maximise performance and delivers up to 2.3GB/s of sustained data throughput. Engineers can use the second port to daisy chain additional Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C devices, according to the company.

The PXIe-8301 extends NI’s portfolio for low-cost PXI control, which includes the recently released embedded PXI Controller, the PXIe-8821. The PXIe-8821 is optimised for test and measurement applications, featuring a 2.6GHz Intel Core i3-4110E dual-core processor and providing up to 2GB/s system bandwidth.

Engineers use NI's remote control modules and embedded controllers to build smarter test systems, which benefit from more than 600 PXI products ranging from DC to mmWave and feature high-throughput data movement using PCI Express bus interfaces and sub-nanosecond synchronisation with integrated timing and triggering.