Multicore module joins the ranks of CompactRIO -

Multicore module joins the ranks of CompactRIO

National Instruments has expanded its NI reconfigurable I/O (RIO) platform with the addition of the first multicore NI CompactRIO systems and smallest NI single-board RIO devices.

The NI cRIO-908x is based on an Intel Core i7 dual-core 1.33 GHz processor and Xilinx Spartan-6 LX150 FPGA. It provides the option of a Windows Embedded Standard 7 (WES7) OS configuration.

The systems provide a mix of peripheral connectivity including two Gigabit Ethernet ports, a MXI Express port, four USB ports, RS232 and RS485 serial ports and a  CPU eXpansion Module (CXM) that makes it possible to add custom connectivity and expansion to CompactRIO using industry standard protocols.

The NI sbRIO-9605/06 devices are sized from less than 102.87 mm x 96.52 mm and have a 400 MHz processor and Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA. The devices also offer built-in peripherals such as RS232, CAN, USB and Ethernet. Additionally, the new devices feature a high-density and high-bandwidth connecter that gives engineers direct access to the FPGA and processor as well as the ability to add peripherals for further customisation.

NI RIO technology combines NI LabVIEW system design software with commercial off-the-shelf hardware. The NI RIO hardware includes CompactRIO, NI Single-Board RIO, R Series boards and PXI-based NI FlexRIO. It features an architecture with powerful floating-point processors, reconfigurable FPGAs and modular I/O. All NI RIO hardware components are programmed with LabVIEW.
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