- Farnell, which joins Digi-Key as one of NI’s (formerly National Instruments) distribution partners, announces the marketing of a range of instrumentation in PXI format from the Texas firm.
A page is turned for the inventor in 1997 of the PXI format (PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation) which until now had always taken care to market its products directly by its own sales teams or via its website.
Farnell, a worldwide distributor of electronic components, products and solutions, has announced a distribution agreement with NI to market a range of modular instrumentation including various instruments in the PXI format: oscilloscopes, signal acquisition, digital inputs/outputs, multiplexers, signal generators…
By September 2020, NI had already entrusted Digi-Key with the distribution of a range of GPIB instrument control devices, multi-function I/Os and data acquisition cards in PCI format as well as various instrument and data acquisition modules that can be controlled by a PC via their USB link.
National Instruments, headquartered in Austin, Texas, was co-founded in 1976 by James Truchard and Jeff Kodosky, the inventor of LabView. James Truchard ran the company until December 31, 2016. Alex Davern, previously Chief Financial Officer, succeeded him on January 1, 2017. Eric Starkloff, previously President and Chief Operating Officer of the Texas-based firm, replaced him as CEO on February 1, 2020. Faced with the drop in sales linked in particular to the Covid-19 pandemic, at the end of 2020 he announced a plan to reduce NI’s workforce by 9%, i.e. around 650 of its 7,200 employees operating worldwide.