CompactRIO Systems for High-Volume Machines and Devices
National Instruments released its NI cRIO-9072 and cRIO-9074 CompactRIO for rapid deployment of industrial machines at high volume. These CompactRIO systems have an integrated hardware architecture that combines an embedded real-time processor and a reconfigurable FPGA within a single chassis. Engineers can design, prototype and deploy the customizable, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware systems for embedded machine control and data acquisition systems using the the company's LabVIEW graphical development environment, eliminating the need for designing custom embedded hardware for high-volume deployment. These systems extend the family of NI FPGA-based deployment platforms, including PXI, PC and standard CompactRIO hardware that share a standard embedded hardware architecture combining a floating-point processor, a reconfigurable FPGA and I/O modules. Since engineers can reuse the same LabVIEW code during prototyping and deployment, they are able to shorten time to market and increase machine reliability, according to the company. The cRIO-907x systems were designed as integrated systems, with the embedded real-time processor and FPGA chip on the same printed circuit board (PCB) rather than multiple PCBs as in traditional CompactRIO systems. The cRIO-9072 integrated system combines an industrial 266 MHz real-time processor and an eight-slot chassis with an embedded, reconfigurable 1M gate FPGA chip. The new NI cRIO-9074 integrated system contains a 400 MHz real-time processor and an eight-slot chassis with an embedded, reconfigurable 3M gate FPGA chip.