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z3985 Embedded Controller (Discontinued)

Embedded Controller for 3U PXI™ Express Systems

The z3985 Embedded Controller, based on the fourth generation Intel Core i7 processor, is specifically designed for hybrid PXI Express-based testing systems, delivering maximum computing power for a wide variety of test and measurement applications.

Combining state-of-the-art 2.4 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7-4700EQ processors (3.4 GHz maximum in single-core, Turbo Boost mode), and 16 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L memory, the z3985 utilizes four separate computing engines on a single processor, enabling execution of numerous independent tasks simultaneously in a multi-tasking environment. With a configurable PCIe switch, the z3985 can support four links x4 or two links x16 and x8 PXI Express link capability, with maximum system throughput of up to 8 GB/s.

The LitePoint z3985 Embedded Controller provides ample front-panel interface options for hybrid PXI-based test systems control including:

  • 2 DisplayPort connectors allowing connection to 2 monitors
  • Dual USB 3.0 connections for high speed peripheral devices
  • 4 USB 2.0 ports for peripheral devices and USB instrument control
  • Dual Gigabit Ethernet ports for LAN connections and controlling LXI instruments
  • Micro-D GPIB connector for GPIB instrument connection


LitePoint Embedded Controller Comparison

Specificationz3985 PXIez3975 PXIe
ProcessorIntel Core i5-520E
2.4 GHz (dual core)
Intel Core i7-4700EQ
2.4 GHz (quad core)
Memory4 GB DDR3, 1066 MHz16 GB DDR3L, 1600 MHz
Hard Drive160 GB SSD240 GB SSD
Video1 DVI2 DisplayPort
Ethernet2 Gigabit2 Gigabit
USB4 USB 2.04 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0
GPIB1 micro-D1 micro-D
Trigger I/O1 SMB1 SMB
ExpressCard1 ExpressCard/34 slotN/A
SerialN/A1 RS-232-/422/485 D-SUB9
Operating SystemWindows 7 x32/x64Windows 7 x64


  • Embedded processing controller for zSeries wireless test sets
  • Preloaded with LitePoint software and configured for instant out-of-the-box test and measurement applications