What's New with NI CompactRIO

Publish Date: Jun 02, 2011 | 7 Ratings | 4.57 out of 5 |  PDF


This document provides a brief description of NI CompactRIO as well as an overview of the newest products available for the CompactRIO platform.

Table of Contents

  1. High-Performance CompactRIO
  2. Rugged-Performance CompactRIO
  3. Value CompactRIO Integrated Systems
  4. What’s New

1. High-Performance CompactRIO

For your applications requiring the highest-performance and most flexible CompactRIO systems, choose the High-Performance CompactRIO line. This hardware combines the highest-performance real-time controller with a user-upgradable backplane that includes the largest and most powerful field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) from National Instruments. CompactRIO high-performance systems have the most processing power and resources, which makes them ideal for advanced control applications, high-speed data transfer and logging, and processing-intensive applications. The modular systems work with the easy-to-use NI LabVIEW graphical programming environment to help you develop real-time and FPGA applications.

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2. Rugged-Performance CompactRIO

The Rugged-Performance CompactRIO line also offers a high level of performance and flexibility. CompactRIO modular systems combine a 400 MHz real-time controller with a user-upgradable backplane that includes the largest and most powerful FPGAs from NI. They also feature the highest level of ruggedness in the CompactRIO platform. With 50 g shock ratings and a wide -40 to 70 °C operating temperature, these systems are ideal for automotive, industrial automation, and advanced control applications. Use them with LabVIEW to develop real-time and FPGA applications.

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3. Value CompactRIO Integrated Systems

NI offers a value line of CompactRIO systems that combines the high performance of the CompactRIO architecture with a smaller feature set compared to the CompactRIO modular systems. These integrated systems bring together the CompactRIO real-time controller with a 4- or 8-slot backplane in a single chassis that includes the user-programmable FPGA. They work with LabVIEW to help you develop real-time and FPGA applications.

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4. What’s New

MXI-Express RIO (NI 9157, NI 9159)

NI MXI-Express RIO systems combine a user-customizable FPGA and modular I/O with a cabled connection to a high-performance processor. They are ideal for high-channel-count reconfigurable I/O (RIO) systems. MXI-Express RIO differs from CompactRIO because it decouples the FPGA core and I/O from the processor so that, once programmed and configured, the RIO chassis can run stand-alone if desired. Similar to CompactRIO, the RIO core has an individual connection to each I/O module and is programmed with easy-to-use elemental I/O functions in the LabVIEW FPGA Module to read or write signal information from each module.

Learn more about the NI 9157 and NI 9159 MXI-Express RIO chassis.

Ethernet RIO (NI 9148)

The NI 9148 is an 8-slot rugged Ethernet expansion I/O chassis for NI C Series modules you can use to add signal conditioning and remote I/O to your industrial embedded application. The chassis integrates easily with any real-time CompactRIO system, real-time PXI system, or Windows PC using standard 10/100 Ethernet. The NI 9148 also has a user-accessible FPGA that you can program using the LabVIEW FPGA Module.

Learn more about the NI 9148 Ethernet RIO chassis.

NI Vision on CompactRIO

For the first time, you can add imaging capabilities to your CompactRIO or NI Single-Board RIO system. With the NI Vision Development Module, you can now deploy imaging libraries to both deployment targets, as well as acquire compressed images from IP cameras with the latest NI-IMAQdx image acquisition driver. In addition to the driver’s native IP camera support, the AF-150x frame grabber from NI Alliance Partner moviMED acquires images from analog cameras. The vision capabilities on CompactRIO are ideal for autonomous robotics, industrial monitoring, and embedded medical device applications.  

Learn more about using NI vision technology on CompactRIO.

NI cRIO-9023 and cRIO-9025 Rugged-Performance Real-Time Controllers

The NI cRIO-9023 and cRIO-9025 real-time controllers are new rugged-performance modular controllers for CompactRIO. They feature 533 MHz and 800 MHz PPC Freescale processors, dual 10/100 Ethernet ports, Hi-Speed USB, and a retention screw. In addition, the controllers take advantage of the VxWorks real-time OS to support the new NI Scan Mode programming interface for CompactRIO. The cRIO-9023 and cRIO-9025 also work with the NI 9144 C Series expansion chassis.

These controllers are also available with conformal coating, which provides environmental protection for components and circuitry.

NI cRIO-9022 and cRIO-9024 High-Performance Real-Time Controllers

The NI cRIO-9022 and cRIO-9024 high-performance real-time controllers are the fastest real-time controllers in the CompactRIO family. They feature 533 MHz and 800 MHz power architecture real-time processors, 256 MB and 512 MB of RAM for user programs, and up to 4 GB of nonvolatile storage for holding programs and logging data. Dual Ethernet ports provide standard network communication including built-in Web and FTP servers as well as support for the NI 9144 C Series expansion chassis, which offers additional slots for NI C Series I/O modules.

The cRIO-9022 and cRIO-9024 are both compatible with previous generations of the CompactRIO reconfigurable FPGA chassis as well as with the new NI 911x reconfigurable chassis. Regardless of the chassis used, these controllers are ideal for applications requiring high performance, processing, and data throughput rates.

NI cRIO-911x Reconfigurable Chassis

The five new cRIO-911x reconfigurable chassis provide a significant increase in both FPGA size and performance over the previous generation of CompactRIO chassis at the same or lower price. They not only offer the largest FPGAs to date in CompactRIO hardware but also provide design improvements such as 6-input lookup tables (versus 4-input for Virtex-II and Spartan FPGAs) and more efficient routing tools. The new chassis are shown in the below table.

Chassis Number of C Series I/O Slots FPGA
cRIO-9111 4 Virtex-5 LX 30
cRIO-9112 8 Virtex-5 LX 30
cRIO-9113 4 Virtex-5 LX 50
cRIO-9114 8 Virtex-5 LX 50
cRIO-9116 8 Virtex-5 LX 85
cRIO-9118 8 Virtex-5 LX 110

These six new chassis, available in 4- and 8-slot versions, are completely compatible with NI cRIO-901x and cRIO-902x controllers. They all support new, easy-to-use NI Scan Mode programming. The cRIO-911x chassis are ideal for extremely rugged applications that require high-performance custom control, triggering, timing, or signal processing.

NI cRIO-9075 and cRIO-9076 Integrated System

The new NI cRIO-9075 and cRIO-9076 CompactRIO integrated systems are an extension of the current value CompactRIO offering. They combines an industrial real-time processor and reconfigurable FPGA within a single chassis. The cRIO-9075 integrates a 400 MHz real-time processor with a Spartan-6 LX25 FPGA and has four slots for C Series I/O modules. The cRIO-9076 integrates a 400 MHz real-time processor with a Spartan-6 LX45 FPGA, has four slots for C Series I/O, and features a hi-speed USB 2.0 port.

The small footprint and lower cost make the cRIO-9075 and cRIO-9076 well-suited for high-volume and OEM applications. Aggressive OEM discounting is available.

NI 9144 Deterministic Ethernet Expansion Chassis for CompactRIO

The NI 9144 is an 8-slot rugged chassis for NI C Series modules that you can use to add deterministic, distributed I/O to CompactRIO systems. With standard CAT 5 Ethernet cabling (up to 100 m between nodes), this chassis communicates deterministically with any CompactRIO or real-time PXI system that has two Ethernet ports. You can daisy chain multiple NI 9144 slave chassis from the controller to expand time-critical applications to high-channel counts while maintaining hard determinism with minimal processor resources.

The NI 9144 works with the easy-to-use NI LabVIEW graphical programming environment to help you develop real-time and FPGA applications.

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