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NI expands CompactRIO platform with new systems

Posted: 11 May 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:CompactRIO platform? embedded devices? monitoring applications?

National Instruments has announced the release of the NI cRIO-9075 and cRIO-9076 integrated chassis and controllers, which lower the cost of the NI CompactRIO platform for embedded control and monitoring applications. CompactRIO is powered by reconfigurable I/O (RIO) and NI LabVIEW FPGA technologies and combines an open embedded architecture with a small footprint, ruggedness and analog, digital, and motion and communication I/O modules.

The new integrated systems combine an industrial 400MHz Freescale real-time processor and four-slot chassis with an embedded, reconfigurable Xilinx Spartan-6 field-programmable gate array (FPGA) for custom timing, control and signal processing capabilities. These NI RIO systems are programmable with LabVIEW graphical system design tools and combine the ease of use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) systems with the performance of custom hardware. By combining these new low-cost CompactRIO systems with the power and productivity of LabVIEW, engineers and researchers can prototype and deploy custom embedded control and monitoring systems faster and at a lower cost without the need for large engineering design teams. The cRIO-9075 and cRIO-9076 are combined for embedded control and monitoring applications within industries such as energy, medical and robotics that require a short time to market, advanced control algorithms and high-speed analog and digital I/O.

The new systems extend the NI RIO technology platform, which includes CompactRIO, PXI and PC hardware and shared standard embedded hardware architecture. By combining the platform's powerful floating-point processors, reconfigurable FPGA and I/O modules, NI RIO systems are said to help improve time to market and lower development costs of machines and embedded devices. The combination of the NI RIO hardware platform with LabVIEW graphical system design software provides design teams with an easily reconfigurable embedded system, eliminating the need to design custom hardware for higher volume deployments and OEM applications. Additionally, it is said that engineers and researchers can further reduce time to market and improve system reliability by reusing the same LabVIEW code in between prototyping and deployment phases. These new cRIO-9075 and cRIO-9076 systems are believed to help design teams not only get to market faster but also deploy at higher volumes more cost effectively.

Product specifications for the new systems include the following:

cRIO specifications

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