National Instruments (NI)
said this week that it has rolled out two new versions of its well-known
programmable real-time CompactRIO controller that will target lower-cost,
cRIO-9075 and cRIO-9076 integrated chassis and controllers will enable
CompactRIO to move into applications that focus on products, as well as the
test applications that have become a staple of the technology. The new
controllers, however, are still expected to serve in a variety of industries,
including medical, robotics, energy and more.
intended for 50-a-year or 100-a-year or 1,000-a-year types of applications,"
noted Matt Spexarth, embedded platform products manager for NI. "We're looking
to get into products-use applications and lab-use applications."
controllers, introduced at the Embedded
here this week, will be more integrated than their
predecessors. Instead of the three printed circuit (PC) boards that have become
typical for CompactRIO, the new units will employ a single PC board with a
400-MHz Freescale real-time processor and an embedded, reconfigurable Xilinx
Spartan-6 field programmable gate array. They will still be programmable with
the LabView graphical system design tools.
CopmactRIO products are often employed by so-called "domain experts" who are
experts in their fields but may have little or no experience in embedded
The key to
the introduction is the lower cost. NI said that the two new controllers will
help design teams get to market faster and deploy at higher volumes more cost
effectively. The 9075 and 9076 will be priced at $1,299 and $1,999,
respectively. Prices of the predecessor systems were approximately 30 to 50
"We've received a lot of feedback saying that
if we could lower the cost, we could get more design wins in higher-volume
cases," Spexarth said. "That's why we're doing this."