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Embedded software now helping students design in real time

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The NI myRIO is a new embedded hardware device from National Instruments Aust & NZ that will help students design real, complex engineering systems more quickly and affordably than before.

NI myRIO, National Instruments latest educational product offering is based on the same powerful technology as the popular NI CompactRIO platform, but in a smaller and more student-friendly version than its industrial counterpart. 

NI myRIO includes the latest Zynq all programmable system on a chip (SoC) technology from Xilinx, which combines a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and an FPGA with 28,000 programmable logic cells. Using the power of the NI LabVIEW graphical programming environment, students can program the FPGA and evolve their systems in real time, giving them the flexibility to prototype and quickly iterate on their designs.

Nick Morozovsky, graduate student researcher at the University of California at San Diego comments that the compact size of the NI myRIO, combined with the power and flexibility of the onboard FPGA, makes it the ideal controller for embedded robotics applications. 

The NI myRIO also includes 10 analogue inputs, six analogue outputs, audio I/O channels and 40 lines of digital I/O as well as onboard Wi-Fi, a three-axis accelerometer and several programmable LEDs in a durable, enclosed form factor. 

The addition of NI myRIO to the LabVIEW RIO architecture further enhances NI’s ability to provide tools at all skill levels, from students learning core engineering concepts, all the way to engineers designing the most powerful systems in the world. 

Ensuring classroom and laboratory adaptability, NI myRIO comes with free downloadable courseware, offers compatibility with all NI miniSystems and connects with many third-party sensors and actuators. NI myRIO is programmable in multiple environments, including LabVIEW and C/C++, empowering educators to incorporate it into their existing controls, robotics, mechatronics and embedded systems courses. 

According to Dave Wilson, academic marketing director at National Instruments, the NI myRIO will ensure students have access to the same technology that they will use after graduation. 

NI myRIO will begin shipping in early September.

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