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National Instruments Releases CompactRIO, System on Module

At NIWeek in Austin, Texas, National Instruments (NI) launched several new technologies suitable for solving engineering challenges. Among them are the CompactRIO and System on Module (SOM). Both devices enable design teams to efficiently test and deploy embedded systems and technologies, according to the company.

The CompactRIO performance controller is equipped with an Intel Atom processor, Kintex-7 FPGA, NI Linux Real-Time, embedded UI and improved vision integration. Users can add a USB 3.0 or GigE Vision camera to have vision acquisition directly into an application. It is ideal for advanced control and applications in harsh, industrial environments and offers processing, custom timing and triggering and data transfer from modular C series I/O.

Also introduced at NIWeek was the System on Module (SOM), a platform for embedded system deployment. It combines Xilinx Zynq all system on a chip with a small PCB (printed circuit board), a complete middleware solution and Linux-based operating system. The technology has already been used in applications such as unmanned aerial vehicles and cataract surgery machines.

“Today’s embedded monitoring and control applications are more complex than ever before, and tighter deadlines and rising costs only increase stress for system designers,” said Jamie Smith, director of embedded systems marketing at NI. “Studies show that design teams using the LabVIEW RIO architecture can solve complex embedded problems in half the time compared with traditional custom design approaches.”

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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.


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