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Industrial controller streamlines advanced IoT designs

Posted: 26 Nov 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:NI? industrial controller? IoT? Intel? processor?

National Instruments (NI) has introduced a family of three industrial controllers targeting the complex requirements of advanced Internet of Things (IoT) applications. According to the company, the industrial controllers incorporate 5th generation Intel Core processors, rugged packaging, built-in I/O and extensive connectivity options, so that machine builders and system designers can cut the need for separate subsystems within complex machines and consolidate functionality into a single controller.

The devices can simplify system complexity, decrease system cost and reduce overall footprint by integrating different types of I/O, including vision and motion, control and processing into a single, high-performance controller, such as the recently released IC-3173, added the company.

The IC-3173 industrial controller integrates dual-core Intel i7 processors combined with user-programmable Xilinx Kintex-7 160T FPGAs for advanced signal and image processing, customisable digital I/O and high-speed closed-loop control. In addition, it features five independently controlled Gigabit Ethernet ports with four that include power over Ethernet (PoE) support and two full-bandwidth controlled USB 3.0 ports for connecting to and processing images from multiple USB3 Vision and GigE Vision cameras simultaneously

Also, the device offers support for EtherCAT Master, Ethernet/IP, RS232/RS485, Modbus serial and Modbus/TCP to communicate with other devices such as PLCs and operator interfaces. Likewise, it provides full LabVIEW system design software support for customising control algorithms, performing image processing and executing advanced analytics

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