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CompactRIO platform adds integrated systems

Posted: 13 May 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:CompactRIO platform  embedded devices  monitoring applications 

National Instruments extends its NI CompactRIO platform for embedded control and monitoring applications with the NI cRIO-9075 and cRIO-9076 integrated chassis and controllers offering lowered costs in industries such as energy, medical and robotics that require a short time to market, advanced control algorithms and high-speed analogue and digital I/O.

CompactRIO is powered by reconfigurable I/O (RIO) and NI LabVIEW FPGA technologies and combines an open embedded architecture with a small footprint and ruggedness along with analogue, digital, and motion and communication I/O modules.

The integrated systems combine an industrial 400MHz Freescale real-time processor and four-slot chassis with an embedded, reconfigurable Xilinx Spartan-6 field-programmable gate array (FPGA) for custom timing, control and signal processing capabilities. These NI RIO systems are programmable with LabVIEW graphical system design tools and combine the ease of use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) systems with the performance of custom hardware. By combining these new low-cost CompactRIO systems with the power and productivity of LabVIEW, engineers and researchers can prototype and deploy custom embedded control and monitoring systems faster and at a lower cost without the need for large engineering design teams.

The systems extend the NI RIO technology platform, which includes CompactRIO, PXI and PC hardware and shared standard embedded hardware architecture. By combining the platform's powerful floating-point processors, reconfigurable FPGA and I/O modules, NI RIO systems are said to help improve time to market and lower development costs of machines and embedded devices.

The combination of the NI RIO hardware platform with LabVIEW graphical system design software provides design teams with an easily reconfigurable embedded system, eliminating the need to design custom hardware for higher volume deployments and OEM applications. Additionally, it is said that engineers and researchers can further reduce time to market and improve system reliability by reusing the same LabVIEW code in between prototyping and deployment phases.

These cRIO-9075 and cRIO-9076 systems are believed to help design teams not only get to market faster but also deploy at higher volumes more cost effectively.

Product specifications for the new systems include the following:

cRIO specifications

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