FIRST National Instruments Partnership: NI LabVIEW and cRIO FRC

Publish Date: Dec 20, 2011 | 18 Ratings | 2.61 out of 5 |  PDF


For the 2009 FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) National Instruments is providing the CompactRIO as the new controller platform.

Table of Contents

  1. About the National Instruments FIRST Partnership
  2. Questions?
  3. Helpful links and resources


1. About the National Instruments FIRST Partnership

NI LabVIEW is an industry-leading software tool for designing automated measurement and control systems that can be combined with cRIO FRC for highly sophistication autonomous robot control applications.

The cRIO FRC controller can be programmed with LabVIEW and C to control motors and read from a variety of sensors.  The cRIO FRC also supports connectivity to an Ethernet camera for optical character and color recognition.

Using LabVIEW with the cRIO FRC will allow you to:

  • Develop custom modular algorithms for sophisticated robot control
  • Acquire, store, and analyze sensor readings
  • Use NI LabVIEW to simulate robot hardware, enabling bench testing and development of “Robot Controller” software before the robot hardware is available to the software team

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2. Questions?

Please post your questions in the forums at

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3. Helpful links and resources

FIRST Community

Getting Started with NI LabVIEW Training

What is LabVIEW? 

LabVIEW Frequently Asked Questions 

Chief Delphi

On-line tutorials coming soon – stay tuned!



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