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Industrial controller packs Intel Core Duo processor

Posted: 09 Apr 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:industrial controller? multicore? application multithreaded? Core Duo Intel?

In what might someday be called the age of multicore, multiple core processors are being found in many diverse applications beyond servers, home computers and gaming systems.

In the industrial control world, the newest controller from National Instruments Corp.the NI 3110features an Intel SL9JT L2400 1.66GHz Core Duo processor, similar to the devices found in many home computers or laptops. With this industrial controller, engineers have a control system for multithreaded applications that require dual-core processing and analysis. Engineers can use this industrial controller as an interface to control remote I/O with hardware such as NI CompactDAQ, NI PXI and NI plug-and-play PCI and PCIe devices. In addition, engineers can use NI LabVIEW software to build human machine interface (HMI), and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) applications and deploy these applications to the industrial controller.

Also introduced is the NI 3100 industrial controller features an Intel 1.06GHz Celeron M 423 processor. Both are configured with the Windows XP OS.

These industrial controllers help engineers add to applications with a wide range of connectivity options, including PCIe, USB, Ethernet and PXI. With cabled PCIe connectivity for PXI, the controllers can support remote integrated and MXI Express chassis or any PXI chassis with a cabled PCI Express connector in test applications. The industrial controllers each offer four USB ports and an industrial fanless controller to add NI CompactDAQ or NI USB data acquisition devices with Windows XP. In addition, engineers can achieve specialized industrial measurement capabilities by installing a PCI or PCIe board to support a single-slot controller for NI R Series, M Series, industrial communication or Profibus devices. For further connectivity, two Gigabit Ethernet ports offer expansion to NI programmable automation controllers.

With the industrial controllers, engineers can use the two Ethernet ports and integrated video to add an HMI and flat-panel touchscreen to NI PACs with the LabVIEW Real-Time Module. In addition, with the LabVIEW Datalogging and Supervisory Control (DSC) module, engineers can build HMI and SCADA applications and deploy these applications to the industrial controllers. Engineers can use the LabVIEW DSC Module to interactively develop distributed monitoring and control systems. This extends LabVIEW to view real-time and historical measurement data, configure alarms and events, create security on applications or easily network OPC devices and LabVIEW Real-Time targets to log data to a historical database.

- Steve Bitton
Industrial Control Designline

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