AXIe is the “big brother” of PXI. It uses the same PCIe (PCI Express) fabric as PXI, but sports higher power and larger board size. A goal of the consortium is to make AXIe appear to controllers and software as a PXI system, but focused on supporting high-end instrumentation. Like PXI and VXI, it is open to all vendors, and uses similar software drivers, such as IVI and LabView, for instrument control.
So when Agilent contacted me a few days ago about an upcoming AXIe chassis announcement, I was interested to see these concepts delivered in what is arguably the highest performance open modular chassis yet created. We’ll take a look at it. But even more importantly, it demonstrates some key architectural concepts of AXIe, and some very interesting compatibility modes with PXI.
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