NI launches new CompactRIO reconfigurable chassis

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NI launches new CompactRIO reconfigurable chassisNational Instruments is introducing a new suite of prototyping hardware that makes it possible for engineers and scientists to prototype industrial and embedded projects faster, reduce time to market and lower development costs. The five new NI CompactRIO reconfigurable chassis feature a Xilinx Virtex-5 field-programmable gate array (FPGA), the largest and fastest FPGA available today in NI hardware. Additionally, the new NI cRIO-9022 controller features a Freescale 533 MHz industrial real-time processor that delivers faster real-time processing for time-critical control applications. This new suite of hardware, along with NI LabVIEW graphical programming tools, is suitable for engineers and start-up companies prototyping industrial and embedded projects within areas such as robotics, renewable energy and medical device design.

With graphical system design tools from NI, engineers can use a single, high-level graphical programming tool with off-the-shelf hardware including FPGAs, processors and I/O to design and prototype projects faster and with lower development costs. This approach makes it possible for small teams of engineers to quickly build prototypes to evaluate and prove the value of projects.

Barry Price, Director of Business Development at KCBioMedix, a medical device company that developed an innovative device to help feed premature babies, comments: "Initially, we began our design process using a custom embedded solution and worked with a third-party company to commercialise the treatment. When it became clear that the cost was too high, we decided to bring the development in house. With LabVIEW and CompactRIO, we were able to reduce our development cost by $250,000. In addition, we were able to reduce our development time from four months to four weeks."

Pre-built IP blocks

The new NI cRIO-911x reconfigurable chassis combined with the LabVIEW FPGA Module helps engineers and scientists take advantage of FPGA technology with off-the-shelf hardware for rapid prototyping without the burden of custom hardware design. Additionally, LabVIEW FPGA technology features hundreds of pre-built graphical intellectual property (IP) blocks for signal processing, communication protocols, control and interfacing to analogue and digital I/O as well as the ability to integrate existing VHDL code or IP for even faster development. The cRIO-911x chassis are available with four or eight slots that can be filled with any selection from the more than 65 third-party and NI C Series I/O modules available for quick connectivity to a variety of digital and analogue sensors and actuators during the prototyping process.

The new cRIO-9022 controller is programmed with the LabVIEW Real-Time Module, which provides more than 600 built-in function blocks for quick implementation of floating-point signal processing and control operations, data logging and communication as well as the ability to integrate existing ANSI C/C++ code. The controller features dual Ethernet ports for high-speed networking and deterministic expansion I/O, which is ideal for high-channel-count applications. The cRIO-9022 also accepts 9-35V DC power supply inputs on power-up and 6-35V DC power supply inputs during operation and can operate for long periods of time in remote applications using a battery or solar power. For additional storage capability, the controller features a Hi-Speed USB port to connect to an external USB-based flash or hard drive. The cRIO-9022 connects to any of the four- or eight-slot cRIO-911x chassis.

Because of the ruggedness and small size of CompactRIO, engineers and scientists are able to deploy their prototypes directly into harsh environments and machines. With the ability to deploy the hardware and software, engineers and scientists can reuse their entire designs from the prototyping phase and greatly reduce time to market. Go to to learn more about CompactRIO hardware and view videos featuring an overview and demonstrations of CompactRIO. The website also includes technical white papers, example programs, case studies, application notes and other developer tools.

WARNING: prices start from: l Unrecognised tag Prices start from: L{cRIO-9022: EUR2799 or £2249,cRIO-9111: EUR879 or £699,cRIO-9112: EUR1149 or £929,cRIO-9113: EUR1749 or £1399,cRIO-9114: EUR2049 or £1649,cRIO-9116: EUR2899 or £2299}

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03 March 2009

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