Can an NI R Series Data Acquisition (DAQ) Device Run in a PXI Chassis without a Controller?

Updated Jan 24, 2018

Reported In


  • PXI Chassis
  • PXI Controller

Issue Details

R Series DAQ devices can be configured to run a compiled LabVIEW FPGA VI on power up. Is it possible for these boards to run headlessly?


Yes, but if you are not using a controller, you must use a MXI card in the controller slot of your PXI chassis. R Series boards were designed to run with a controller or MXI card in the chassis. Running these boards in a chassis without a controller or MXI card is not recommended, because the PXI lines have floating signals that could cause damage to the board. A MXI card would pull the digital lines down to ground.


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