Partnerships and FPGAs are a big part of the NI story. Altera Corp. is taking both paths with a product being demonstrated on the NIWeek show floor. It partnered with Texas Instruments to develop an FPGA-based PCI Express board that makes it easy to link a PXI chassis to a PC. TI provides the Phy interface chip, while Alteraís FPGA handles communications. Altera has also developed a reference design for a PDA, using its FPGAs as the basis for a compact design that includes touch screen input and low power consumption.