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NI debuts embedded systems hardware for IIoT

Posted: 10 Aug 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:National Instruments  embedded system  controller  FPGA  Industrial IoT 

National Instruments (NI) has introduced an embedded systems hardware based on the open, flexible LabVIEW reconfigurable I/O (RIO) architecture. According to the company, the hardware includes the high-performance CompactRIO controller for integrators with rugged, industrial applications, controller for FlexRIO for designers with high-performance embedded applications and single-board RIO controller for designers who require more flexibility in their embed ed applications.

These controllers integrate the latest embedded technologies from Intel and Xilinx to deliver unparalleled performance and flexibility, empowering system designers and machine builders to address the most demanding control and monitoring challenges. The controllers are fully supported by LabVIEW software, the LabVIEW FPGA module and NI Linux real-time, now based on security-enhanced Linux, which enables advanced security features for Industrial IoT applications.

Embedded systems hardware

To meet the evolving requirements of the IIoT, NI's platform brings together intelligent systems, connectivity and system-to-system communications, coupled with analytical software tools designed to deliver business insights and customer value.

The CompactRIO controller features an Intel Atom processor that enables to Close the loop faster, tackle more tasks with the same controller and process data with greater precision, accuracy and speed with the fastest quad-core 1.91GHz processor available for CompactRIO. The Kintex-7 FPGA can perform inline processing on more channels and implement more complex filtering and control algorithms.

It also boasts NI Linux Real-Time that ca access an extensive community of applications and IP with a secure and robust Linux-based real-time 64bit OS. An embedded UI incorporates a local HMI and uses the control system to customise and handle HMI tasks, drastically cutting component costs as well as development and integration time. In addition, a Secure Digital (SD) storage is able to customise how you store, manage and access data.

The controller for FlexRIO features a Kintex-7 FPGA that implements high-speed control algorithms and advanced signal processing with support for more than 30 high-performance I/O adapter modules. It allows scaling faster and transition from prototyping on PXI to deploying on the 1.75in x 5.5in controller with minimal software changes. Additionally, a dual-core ARM processor can reap the benefits of stand-alone operation when paired with the NI Linux Real-Time OS.

The single-board RIO Controller has a Zynq SoC with NI Linux real-time that delivers increased performance with a dual-core, 667MHz ARM processor, Artix-7 FPGA and a robust real-time OS. It is optimised for your system and allows more flexible, board-level form factor to embed intelligence into smart industrial systems. It also minimises investments as you move from prototype to deployment and scale systems over time to meet evolving application requirements.

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