Design Templates for CompactRIO Custom I/O Module PCB Design

Overview

Correct component placement is one of the most critical aspects of the successful design of any Printed Circuit Board (PCB). This is especially true in the design of a custom I/O module for CompactRIO. The PCB must adhere to very specific size restrictions, and the 15-pin D-Sub Connector must also be placed correctly in order to provide a clean interface between the module and the backplane. Furthermore, if external I/O signals are to be used, the connectors must be placed appropriately in order to be able to utilize National Instrument's prefabricated module housings.

Contents

CompactRIO module templates are included in the Board Outline database in the NI Ultiboard PCB layout tools to save time during the board layout phase. The following document  provides a set of printed circuit board templates that can be used with many layout software products.

In each of the designs, the recommended board dimensions are used, and the correct footprint for the 15-pin D-Sub connector is properly placed.

 

Basic C Series Module Printed Circuit Board Design

The following layout includes the minimum components that must be present in any CompactRIO module PCB.


 

 

4 BNC Inputs C Series Module Printed Circuit Board Design


The following layout includes the minimum components that must be present in any CompactRIO module PCB as well as the correct footprint and placement for 4 BNC connectors.



 

 

10 Input Screw Terminal Connector C Series Module Printed Circuit Board Design


The following layout includes the minimum components that must be present in any CompactRIO module PCB as well as the correct footprint and placement for a 10 input screw terminal connector.



 

25 Pin DSub Connector C Series Module Printed Circuit Board Design


The following layout includes the minimum components that must be present in any CompactRIO module PCB as well as the correct footprint and placement for a 25-pin D-sub input connector.


 


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