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MXI-4 Series User Manual

About This Manual

This manual describes the features, functions, and operation of the MXI-4
series of products. The four products in this series are the PCI-8331,
PXI-8331, PCI-8336, and PXI-8336. The PXI-PCI 8331 and 8336
incorporate MXI-4 technology, which couples two physically separate PCI,
CompactPCI, or PXI buses with a data link capable of 1.5 Gbit/s serial data


The following conventions appear in this manual:

This icon denotes a note, which alerts you to important information.

This icon denotes a caution, which advises you of precautions to take to
avoid injury, data loss, or a system crash.


Bold text denotes items that you must select or click in the software, such
as menu items and dialog box options. Bold text also denotes parameter


Italic text denotes variables, emphasis, a cross reference, or an introduction
to a key concept. This font also denotes text that is a placeholder for a word
or value that you must supply.


Text in this font denotes text or characters that you should enter from the
keyboard, sections of code, programming examples, and syntax examples.
This font is also used for the proper names of disk drives, paths, directories,
programs, subprograms, subroutines, device names, functions, operations,
variables, filenames and extensions, and code excerpts.

MXI-4 card

MXI-4 card refers to any of the following cards, unless otherwise noted:
PCI-8331, PXI-8331, PCI-8336, and PXI-8336.

MXI-4 dyad

MXI-4 dyad refers to any of the following 4 pairs of MXI-4 cards:

PCI-8331 and PXI-8331

PCI-8336 and PXI-8336

PXI-8331 and PXI-8331

PXI-8336 and PXI-8336

This manual is related to the following products: