Figure 1. The cRIO-9068 controller offers incredible performance, flexibility, and ruggedness.
For nearly 10 years, the CompactRIO platform has set the standard for embedded control and monitoring systems. All CompactRIO systems are based on the NI LabVIEW reconfigurable I/O (RIO) architecture, which combines a real-time processor, reconfigurable FPGA, and modular NI C Series I/O and is programmed with LabVIEW system design software. The value line of CompactRIO controllers delivers remarkable performance and ruggedness to the CompactRIO platform at a value price, making it well suited for high-volume and OEM applications in harsh environments. These software-designed controllers feature the Xilinx Zynq all-programmable system on a chip (SoC), which combines an ARM-based processor and 7 Series FPGA fabric on a single chip. Along with the integration of Zynq, value CompactRIO controllers introduces a new level of openness to CompactRIO with the NI Linux Real-Time OS. Linux offers expanded flexibility to reuse existing code while still maintaining the familiar LabVIEW development experience.