National Instruments: Single-board RIO embedded devices

Designed for high-volume and OEM embedded control and data acquisition applications that require high performance and reliability, National Instruments' four new NI Single-Board RIO board-level embedded devices feature a real-time processor, Spartan-6 field-programmable gate array (FPGA), analog and digital I/O, and more built-in peripherals for custom embedded control and monitoring applications.

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The new devices provide off-the-shelf FPGA and real-time processor technology through NI LabVIEW while maintaining the custom I/O often required for high-volume deployments through the option of a RIO Mezzanine Card connector. The connector provides direct access to FPGA digital input/output (DIO) lines and certain processor-specific functions for mating custom daughter cards. NI Single-Board RIO reduces the effort of designing an entire system from scratch so designers can focus on the custom parts of their applications, such as the I/O.

With the new devices, engineers can achieve the shorter time to market of an off-the-shelf system along with the I/O customization offered by in-house designs.  The devices also feature built-in analog I/O so engineers can take advantage of the company’s analog expertise in addition to their application-specific circuitry. The devices’ low-cost, small form factor, built-in I/O, real-time processor, and FPGA provide a useful platform for embedded monitoring and control applications in industries such as medical and energy.

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