National Instruments Aust & NZ has expanded its growing NI reconfigurable I/O (RIO) platform with the addition of high performing multicore NI CompactRIO systems and small NI single board RIO devices.
The new products expand the NI RIO advanced control and monitoring platform with higher performance and smaller form factor targets.
The new NI cRIO-908x systems feature an Intel Core i7 dual-core processor for increased processing power, Xilinx Spartan-6 field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and the option of a Windows Embedded Standard 7 (WES7) OS configuration for monitoring and control applications that require exceptional performance and the ruggedness of CompactRIO.
The new NI sbRIO-9605/06 devices measure less than 102.87mm x 96.52mm for high-volume and OEM applications, offering greater customisation and I/O support than previous versions.
Suitable for performing complex signal processing and control within applications such as rapid control prototyping, advanced motion control and machine vision, the cRIO-908x systems deliver the highest processing power among any CompactRIO product with the Intel Core i7 dual-core 1.33 GHz processor and Xilinx Spartan-6 LX150 FPGA.
The controllers can be configured with a WES7 OS, which gives engineers access to a broad ecosystem of Windows-based software and integrated graphics, or a real-time OS for reliable, deterministic performance.
The systems provide a variety of high-performance peripheral connectivity including two Gigabit Ethernet ports, an MXI Express port, four USB ports, RS232 and RS485 serial ports and a new CPU eXpansion Module (CXM) that makes it possible to add custom connectivity and expansion to CompactRIO using industry standard protocols.
According to Michelle Tinsley, general manager of the Intel Embedded Computing Division, combining the power of the Intel Core i7 processor and the productivity of NI integrated CompactRIO hardware and LabVIEW software results in a high-performance solution for engineers to quickly solve their advanced control and monitoring problems.
The new NI Single-Board RIO devices provide a small and cost-optimised form factor for the NI RIO platform and are ideal for embedded monitoring and control applications in energy and medical industries.
Featuring a 400 MHz processor and Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA to provide reliability and performance at a low price point for OEMs, the devices also offer built-in peripherals such as RS232, CAN, USB and Ethernet. A high-density and high-bandwidth connecter gives engineers direct access to the FPGA and processor as well as the ability to add peripherals for further customisation.
Dr Bill Kramer, who manages research and development for Energy Systems Integration Technologies at The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, says that NREL is working directly with NI to develop advanced power electronics inverter control hardware based on reconfigurable FPGA technology for renewable, electric vehicle and smart grid systems.
The new high bandwidth connector on these NI single board RIO devices and LabVIEW programming tools allow them to take their simulations and advanced algorithms from prototype to high-volume, deployable targets quickly.
An integral part of the NI graphical system design approach, NI RIO technology combines NI LabVIEW system design software with commercial off-the-shelf hardware to simplify development and shorten time to market when designing advanced control, monitoring and test systems.
NI RIO hardware, which includes CompactRIO, NI Single-Board RIO, R Series boards and PXI-based NI FlexRIO features an architecture with powerful floating-point processors, reconfigurable FPGAs and modular I/O.
All NI RIO hardware components are programmed with LabVIEW to give engineers the ability to rapidly create custom timing, signal processing and control for I/O without requiring expertise in low-level hardware description languages or board-level design.