NI Week: Embedded systems target IoT applications

5th August 2015
Posted By : Mick Elliott
NI Week: Embedded systems target IoT applications

New embedded systems hardware based on the open, flexible LabVIEW reconfigurable I/O (RIO) architecture has been unveiled by National Instruments at NIWeek in Austin. This hardware includes the high-performance CompactRIO Controllerfor integrators with rugged, industrial applications, Controller for FlexRIO for designers with high-performance embedded applications and Single-Board RIO Controller for designers who require more flexibility in their embedded applications.

These controllers integrate the latest embedded technologies from Intel and Xilinx to deliver unparalleled performance and flexibility,empowering system designers and machine builders to address the most demanding control and monitoring challenges. The controllers are fully supported by LabVIEW software, the LabVIEW FPGA Module and NI Linux Real-Time, now based on Security-Enhanced Linux, which enables advanced security features for Industrial IoT applications.

To meet the evolving requirements of the IIoT, NI’s platform brings together intelligent systems, connectivity and system-to-system communications, coupled with analytical software tools designed to deliver business insights and customer value.

The High-performance CompactRIO Controller is powered by an Intel Atom quad-core 1.91GHz processor and a Kintex-7 FPGA performs inline processing on more channels and implements more complex filtering and control algorithms. Software tools include  NI Linux Real-Time enabling users to access an extensive range of applications and IP with a secure and robust Linux-based real-time 64-bit OS.

Controller for FlexRIO features offer a Kintex-7 FPGA to implement high-speed control algorithms and advanced signal processing with support for over 30 high-performance I/O adapter modules. The controller’s compact size enables users to scale faster and transition from prototyping on PXI to deploying on the 1.75 x 5.5 x 9.2 in. controller with minimal software changes.

The Single-Board RIO Controller has a  Zynq system-on-a-chip (SoC) based on a dual-core 667MHz ARM processor with NI Linux Real-Time. Code reuse minimises investments as users move from prototype to deployment and scale systems over time to meet evolving application requirements.


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