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CompactRIO re-designed around Zynq FPGA and real time Linux

CompactRIO re-designed around Zynq FPGA and real time Linux

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The cRIO-9068 software-designed CompactRIO controller integrates the Xilinx Zynq-7020 All Programmable system on a chip (SoC), which combines a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and Xilinx 7 Series FPGA fabric and now runs NI’s real time Linux. The design maintains full compatibility with its LabVIEW graphical programming tool and I/O compatibility with the existing CompactRIO platform.
“Within 24 hours of receiving a cRIO-9068 controller, we ran our existing LabVIEW application software without any problems,” said Bob Leigh, President and CEO of LocalGrid Technologies. “We were impressed by the easy software transition between CompactRIO systems and by the incredible performance improvement of the new software-designed controller.”
Based on the LabVIEW reconfigurable I/O (RIO) architecture, the new CompactRIO controller helps meet any demanding embedded control and monitoring task without wasting development time and cost. Engineers and scientists worldwide use the CompactRIO platform to build systems that can suppress fires on cargo airplanes, generate electricity through the flight of tethered kites and precisely stack 20 tons of wet concrete.
The new cRIO-9068 controller provides four times faster performance than previous generations, powered by a 667MHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and Xilinx Artix-7 FPGA. A new Linux-based, real-time OS that provides greater flexibility for both LabVIEW Real-Time and C/C++ application developers and LabVIEW programming ensures both new and existing designs take full advantage of updated technology with minimal effort. It also has an extended operating temperature range of -40°C to 70°C.
“Because so many customers have invested in CompactRIO, we took this redesign extremely seriously,” said David Fuller, Vice President of Applications and Embedded Software at National Instruments. “Our R&D teams re-examined every part of the controller’s design and made sweeping improvements while maintaining complete backward code compatibility.”
“Although this controller looks similar to other CompactRIO devices, the technology under the hood is revolutionary,” said Wolfram Koerver, Executive Director of S.E.A. “With this platform we can provide software technologies to our customers which were almost impossible before or would have required a long development time and high investment.”
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