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NI cuts CompactRIO cost to suit high-volume machines builders

Posted: 29 Nov 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:CompactRIO? embedded machine? FPGA?


National Instruments (NI) has unveiled the new NI cRIO-9072 and cRIO-9074 CompactRIO systems that give engineers and machine builders a suitable solution for rapidly deploying industrial machines at high volume.

These new CompactRIO systems have an integrated hardware architecture that combines an embedded real-time processor and a reconfigurable FPGA within a single chassis, lowering the cost of CompactRIO for OEM applications. Engineers can quickly design, prototype and deploy the customizable, commercial off-the-shelf hardware systems for embedded machine control and DAQ systems using the NI LabVIEW, eliminating the need for spending unnecessary time and money designing custom embedded hardware for high-volume deployment.

The new cRIO-9072 integrated system combines an industrial 266MHz real-time processor and an eight-slot chassis with an embedded, reconfigurable 1M gate FPGA chip. The new NI cRIO-9074 integrated system contains a 400MHz real-time processor and an 8-slot chassis with an embedded, reconfigurable 2M gate FPGA chip.

To reduce the cost of CompactRIO for high-volume applications, NI engineers designed the new cRIO-907x systems as integrated systems, with the embedded real-time processor and FPGA chip on the same printed circuit board (PCB) rather than multiple PCBs as in traditional CompactRIO systems.

The new cRIO-9072 and cRIO-9074 systems extend the family of NI FPGA-based deployment platforms, including PXI, PC and standard CompactRIO hardware that share a standard embedded hardware architecture combining a floating-point processor, reconfigurable FPGA and I/O modules. This standard architecture helps improve the time to market and reliability of machines and embedded devices for machine builders.

Using this standard architecture and LabVIEW tools, engineers can rapidly design and prototype industrial monitoring and control machines and embedded devices with flexible, high-performance hardware and quickly deploy to the new cost-optimized cRIO-907x CompactRIO systems to reduce deployment costs. Because engineers can reuse the same LabVIEW code during prototyping and deployment, they are able to shorten time to market and increase machine reliability.

Pricing for the cRIO-9072 and cRIO-9074 start $1,999 and $2,999, respectively.

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