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RIO h/w targets embedded vision, motion control

Posted: 12 Oct 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:embedded vision  motion control  frame grabber 

National Instruments releases a reconfigurable Camera Link frame grabber targeted at demanding embedded vision applications and a motion module for the NI CompactRIO platform as two new additions to its NI reconfigurable I/O (RIO) technology.

 NI PCIe-1473R frame grabber

The NI PCIe-1473R frame grabber is a PC-based embedded vision board that combines FPGA technology with a Camera Link interface targeted at embedded imaging and inspection applications that require image pre-processing and high-speed control such as medical imaging, web and surface inspection and high-speed sorting.

Engineers and scientists can program the new frame grabber's on-board FPGA with the NI LabVIEW FPGA Module for custom image processing and analysis in real time, with little to no CPU intervention. The frame grabber combines the on-board FPGA with a high-bandwidth 850MB/s Camera Link bus, which supports a range of Camera Link configurations up to 10 taps and 80 bits.

The NI PCIe-1473R also supports Power over Camera Link (PoCL) to directly power cameras with no additional cables or external power supply.

The NI 9502 brushless servo drive C Series module makes it possible for engineers to drive brushless servo motors, including six new custom NI motor options, directly from the reconfigurable CompactRIO system to address advanced motion control challenges.

The NI 9502 offers 4A continuous/8A peak current and multiple commutation modes. To complement the module, NI is also releasing six three-phase brushless motors that are specifically designed for maximum performance and direct connectivity with the NI 9502. With these features and more, the NI 9502 helps engineers implement proprietary custom drive control algorithms at the FPGA level through LabVIEW FPGA, eliminating the need for custom firmware from a drive manufacturer.

An integral part of the NI graphical system design approach, NI RIO technology combines LabVIEW system design software with commercial off-the-shelf hardware to simplify development and shorten time to market when designing advanced control, monitoring and test systems. NI RIO hardware, which includes CompactRIO, NI Single-Board RIO, R Series boards and the PXI-based NI FlexRIO, features an architecture with powerful floating-point processors, reconfigurable FPGAs and modular I/O. All NI RIO hardware components are programmed with LabVIEW to give engineers the ability to rapidly create custom timing, signal processing and control for I/O without requiring expertise in low-level hardware description languages or board-level design.

The NI PCIe-1473R Camera Link frame grabber is priced from Rs.1.34 lakh ($2,999).The NI 9502 brushless servo drive module is priced from Rs.25,000 ($550). The NI brushless DC motors are priced from Rs.28,000 ($620). All prices are subject to change without notice. All products are available from the NI website.

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