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NI, Freescale, Wind River collaborate on industrial control platform

Posted: 10 Apr 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:industrial control platform? real-time controller? programmable automation controller?

NI cRIO-9014 CompactRIO platform

National Instruments, Freescale Semiconductor and Wind River have collaborated on the latest real-time controller for the NI CompactRIO platform.

The NI cRIO-9014 controller is based on the Freescale MPC5200 processor built on Power Architecture technology and the Wind River VxWorks RTOS. It delivers the processing speed, memory and storage required for a variety of embedded and industrial applications, such as high-speed machine control, machine monitoring/protection, in-vehicle data logging and embedded device prototyping.

Merged technologies
Combining key technologies from the three companies, the new cRIO-9014 controller makes CompactRIO an efficient industrial control and monitoring platform that blends capabilities found individually in PLCs, industrial PCs, single-board devices and custom hardware. Traditionally, engineers designing industrial machines or embedded control systems were forced to use multiple HW/SW tools to perform complex algorithms, data logging and custom signal processing. The CompactRIO programmable automation controller (PAC) platform takes advantage of the reliability of the VxWorks RTOS and the MPC5200 industrial floating-point processor in the new controller, as well as the customization of the Xilinx FPGA chipset in the chassis, to deliver the ruggedness and reliability of a PLC, the openness and power of industrial or single-board computers and the flexibility and performance of custom hardware. In addition, the system can be programmed with a single, intuitive graphical toolthe NI LabVIEWwhich makes it easy for domain experts to develop and deploy custom, high-performance industrial embedded solutions.

'Highest' processing power
The cRIO-9014 controller promises the highest processing power, as well as the highest amount of memory and nonvolatile storage, of the entire family of CompactRIO controllers. The new controller has a Freescale 400MHz MPC5200 processor that contains an integrated floating-point unit and hardware-based memory management unit, providing engineers fast data throughput to handle complex signal processing algorithms for control prototyping and machine monitoring/protection applications. The Wind River VxWorks RTOS running on the MPC5200 processor provides the controller with dependable performance to reduce jitter and increase reliability for high-speed control applications. The cRIO-9014 controller also contains a fault-tolerant file system, making it suitable for embedded logging applications where reliable logging is critical.

The cRIO-9014 controller is priced at $2,699.

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