National Instruments Aust & NZ has added four new boards with USB connectivity to its R Series product family.
The four new R Series boards, USB-7855R, USB-7856R, USB-7855R OEM and USB-7856R OEM with USB connectivity and will help engineers add FPGA technology to any PC-based system using one of the most widely adopted buses on the market. Based on the LabVIEW RIO architecture, these new boards are a result of the company’s continued investment in the R Series product family.
The LabVIEW RIO architecture is an integral part of the NI graphical system design platform. A modern approach to designing, prototyping and deploying embedded monitoring and control systems, graphical system design combines the open NI LabVIEW graphical programming environment with commercial off-the-shelf hardware to dramatically simplify development, which results in higher-quality designs with the ability to incorporate custom design.
Jamie Smith, director of embedded systems marketing at National Instruments explains that engineers and scientists can use these new USB R Series devices to create highly customisable measurement and control systems using standard PC technology. The new boards are ideal for high-performance medical, life science and semiconductor machines.
Key features of the new NI R Series USB boards include Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA to implement tasks such as custom timing and triggering, synchronisation, multirate sampling, high-speed control and onboard signal processing; improved I/O to benefit from analogue input and analogue output rates of up to 1 MHz for closed-loop control tasks, as well as digital I/O (DIO) rates of up to 80 MHz; selectable logic levels from 1.2 to 3.3 V to adjust DIO levels to meet specific application requirements; selectable gain for analogue input ranges to get more resolution at lower voltage ranges; and OEM options to get the same power in a board-only form factor with the flexibility to create one’s own I/O interface.