Will My NI PXIe-8301 Ship with a Thunderbolt Cable?

Updated Apr 5, 2019

Reported In


  • PXIe-8301
  • Thunderbolt Cable

Issue Details

I am interested in purchasing a PXIe-8301 to connect my PXI chassis with my laptop. Will this card ship with a compatible Thunderbolt cable?


During the purchase process for the PXIe-8301, you will be presented with the option to select accessories for the device. On this accessories page, you can elect to include a Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C cable with your purchase. If you select one of the cabling options, a Thunderbolt cable will be included with your purchase and shipped with the card.

Additional Information

  • In addition to the cables sold by NI, the PXIe-8301 should be compatible with most third-party Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C cables. However, NI cannot guarantee that the card will work with all third-party cables so it is recommended that your purchase a cable from NI.
  • Active cables can transfer data at a rate of 40 Gbps, while passive cables reach speeds of up to 20 Gbps. If your application does not need a data transfer rate of over 20 Gbps, it is typically recommended to purchase the cheaper, passive option.