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Software-Designed Controller is Part of Advanced and Open Embedded System Design Platform
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National Instruments has announced the complete redesign of its new cRIO-9068 software-designed controller, which still maintains full NI LabView and I/O compatibility with the CompactRIO platform. The controller integrates state-of-the-art technologies including the Xilinx Zynq-7020 All Programmable system on a chip (SoC), which combines a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and Xilinx 7 Series FPGA fabric.
Based on the LabView reconfigurable I/O (RIO) architecture, the new CompactRIO controller helps meet any demanding embedded control and monitoring task without wasting development time and cost. Engineers and scientists worldwide use the CompactRIO platform to build systems that can suppress fires on cargo airplanes, generate electricity through the flight of tethered kites and precisely stack 20 tons of wet concrete.
The new cRIO-9068 controller features four times faster performance than previous generations, powered by a 667 MHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and Xilinx Artix-7 FPGA. A new Linux-based, real-time OS provides greater flexibility for both LabView Real-Time and C/C++ application developers. These developers can have a consistent LabView programming experience that ensures both new and existing designs take full advantage of updated technology with minimal effort. And the system offers an extended operating temperature range of -40° to 70°C.
“Because so many customers have invested in CompactRIO, we took this redesign extremely seriously,” said David Fuller, vice president of applications and embedded software at National Instruments. “Our R&D teams re-examined every part of the controller’s design and made sweeping improvements while maintaining complete backward code compatibility.”
The cRIO-9068 controller, programmed with LabView system design software, enables engineers and scientists to use a single, graphical development environment to take advantage of improved hardware performance. LabView 2013 support for the NI Linux Real-Time OS gives developers access to a rich set of community-sourced libraries and applications to augment their control and monitoring systems. LabView 2013 also offers expanded connectivity options including improved Web service creation and secure, industry-standard WebDAV browser-based file management.