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NI releases 12-inch panel computer for LabVIEW

Posted: 29 Jan 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:National Instruments  LabVIEW  touch panel module  TPC-2012  TPC-2006 HMI 

NI's 12-inch touch panel computer

National Instruments (NI) has released the NI TPC-2012. The 12-inch touch panel computer works with the company's LabVIEW 8.20 touch panel module, giving control and design engineers another option for deploying the LabVIEW graphical development environment on Windows CE HMI devices for machine control, embedded control and distributed data acquisition systems.

According to NI, the NI LabVIEW 8.20 touch panel module works with LabVIEW shared variables, making it even easier to share data between real-time controllers–such as PXI and NI Compact FieldPoint, CompactRIO and Compact Vision System–and Windows CE devices, including the TPC-2012 and HMIs from companies such as Advantech, a Windows CE hardware provider. System designers can use the built-in Modbus serial, Modbus TCP/IP and Modbus ASCII communication in LabVIEW to communicate between third-party HMIs and Modbus hardware.

The NI LabVIEW 8.20 Touch Panel Module also works with the NI TPC-2006 HMI. The TPC-2006 offers a compact and lower-cost option for HMI display, while the TPC-2012 features a 12.1-inch SVGA TFT LCD screen, 256MB RAM, 128MB CompactFlash card and 500MHz of graphics processing power.

With both HMI devices, system designers can add native LabVIEW controls, graphs and other displays to their HMI applications for increased control and measurement capabilities, and they do not need to employ multiple logic and HMI software packages to do so. For the TPC-2012, the TPC-2006 and third-party Windows CE HMIs, the LabVIEW touch panel module reduces development time and cost by providing a single integrated, open development environment.

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