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NI unveils three Compact FieldPoint controllers

Posted: 16 Jun 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Compact FieldPoint controllers? Ethernet? SDRAM? embedded systems?

 NI cFP-2220, cFP-2210, cFP-2200

National Instruments has released three new Compact FieldPoint controllers that deliver increased performance, higher processor speed and significantly improved Ethernet throughput. The NI cFP-2220, cFP-2210 and cFP-2200 controllers include a 400MHz PowerPC processor and Wind River VxWorks RTOS for greater processing power and faster data analysis.

The cFP-2200 features up to 128Mbyte of SDRAM and onboard storage, and the cFP-2210 delivers up to 256Mbyte of SDRAM and up to 128Mbyte of onboard storage. The cFP-2220 has dual Ethernet ports for connectivity to enterprise and dedicated I/O networks, as well as three RS232 ports and one RS485 port for serial devices. For logging and transferring data on external memory, the controller includes an additional USB port and a removable CompactFlash slot. The cFP-2220 also has two times the amount of onboard storage and SDRAM, up to 256Mbyte, for storing more data on the controller itself.

Engineers can create standalone embedded systems with these new controllers by using LabVIEW Real-Time to deploy custom applications for data logging and monitoring, real-time analysis and advanced intelligent control. The controllers also feature a 10x increase in Ethernet throughput for greater data transfer rates, and they include Reliance file system support to protect data integrity. In addition, NI has released two new connector blocks for convenient wiring and troubleshooting. The NI cFP-CB-2 and cFP-CB-4 offer removable connectors for easy front-panel access to the terminals for wiring sensors.

"We use Compact FieldPoint and NI LabVIEW for mobile oil field monitoring and control," said Mike King, product development manager for Advanced Measurements Inc. "As our systems continue to grow, we require more network bandwidth and processing power to manage the safety and control functionality as well as sending on-site data to the head office. When using the new cFP-2220 controller, we have found a 40 percent increase in processing performance and more than 10 times increase in Ethernet throughput in our application."

The cFP-22x0 controllers are the first release of fully RoHS-compliant products for the Compact FieldPoint product line. The remainder of the Compact FieldPoint product line is expected to be RoHS-compliant by 2010.

Pricing for the NI cFP-2200 is from $1,349, for the NI cFP-2210 is from $1,799 and for NI cFP-2220 is from $2,199.

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