Integrated Systems Deliver CompactRIO Cost Savings

Integrated Systems Deliver CompactRIO Cost Savings

Newbury, UK: National Instruments’ cRIO-9075 and cRIO-9076 integrated chassis and controllers help lower the cost of the the company’s CompactRIO platform for embedded control and monitoring applications. CompactRIO, powered by reconfigurable I/O (RIO) and NI LabVIEW FPGA technologies, combines an open embedded architecture with a small footprint, ruggedness, and an array of analogue, digital, motion, and communication I/O modules.

The new integrated systems combine an industrial 400MHz Freescale real-time processor and four-slot chassis with an embedded, reconfigurable Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA for custom timing, control, and signal-processing capabilities. Programmable with LabVIEW, these combine the ease of use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) systems with custom-hardware performance.

Combining CompactRIO and LabVIEW quickens the pace of prototyping and deploying custom embedded control and monitoring systems, and it lowers cost because it eschews the need for large design teams. The cRIO-9075 and cRIO-9076 suit embedded control and monitoring applications for markets that require a short time-to-market, advanced control algorithms, and high-speed analogue and digital I/O (e.g., energy, medical, and robotics).

Engineers and researchers can further reduce time-to-market and improve system reliability by reusing the same LabVIEW code in between prototyping and deployment phases.

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