An agreement with GE Intelligent Platforms will see National Instruments (NI) distribute the GE cPCI-5565PIO Reflective Memory PMC and PMC carrier card for 3U CompactPCI systems.
Reflective Memory technology will enable NI customers to develop real-time, deterministic local area networks for challenging testing and simulation applications.
The cPCI-5565PIO, operating at 2Gbaud and featuring 256Mbytes of memory and multi-mode transceivers is based on the GE PMC-5565PIORC, but includes a customised carrier card specifically designed to be configured with NI PXI chassis as part of the company’s NI VeriStand real-time testing and simulation software platform.
According to Wayne McGee, Manager, Commercial Product Management at GE Intelligent Platforms, Reflective Memory is a technology that uniquely enables real-time local area networks and in which each computer always has an up-to-date local copy of the shared memory set.
These speciality networks are specifically designed to provide highly deterministic data communications, and deliver the tightly timed performance necessary for a variety of sophisticated, demanding distributed simulation and industrial control applications.
Reflective Memory is highly appropriate for the applications targeted by National Instruments, and can help NI achieve a sustainable competitive advantage.
Ian Fountain, Senior Platform Manager for Real-Time Test at National Instruments says that their business helps engineers and scientists more efficiently design, prototype and deploy systems for test, control, and embedded design applications.
He comments that adding the GE Reflective Memory to their NI VeriStand platform will help them deliver the network performance and reliability demanded by their customers.
Key features of NI VeriStand platform:
- Software environment designed for creating real-time testing applications more efficiently
- Allows configuration of a multicore-ready real-time engine to execute tasks that include analogue, digital, communication bus, and FPGA-based I/O interfaces
- Triggerable, multifile data logging
- Real-time stimulus generation
- Calculated channels
- Event alarming and alarm response routines
GE Reflective Memory solutions include nodes for VME, PCI and PCI Express systems as well as in a PMC form factor, together with a Reflective Memory Hub that allows for optimum management of Reflective Memory networks.