Xilinx, Inc.has announced that at NIWeek 2011 National
Instruments has used Xilinx flagship Spartan-6 FPGAs to
expand its NI Reconfigurable I/O (RIO) advanced control
and monitoring product portfolio with the introduction of
the highest performance and first multicore NI CompactRIO
systems and smallest NI Single-Board RIO devices.
Xilinx says the productivity of LabVIEW FPGA allows any
engineer or scientist to quickly leverage high-performance
FPGAs within innovative control, measurement and test systems
without the need to learn traditional electronic design
automation tools and methodologies.
According to Xilinx, the new NI CompactRIO 908x systems
offer designers the highest processing power of any CompactRIO
product configuration for monitoring and control applications
that require exceptional performance and ruggedness. The
Spartan-6 FPGA enables complex signal processing performance
and control for applications such as rapid control prototyping,
advanced motion control and machine vision.
Xilinx explains the new NI Single-Board RIO 9605/06 devices
provide designers with a small, cost-optimized form factor
sized from less than 102.87mm x 96.52mm for high-volume
and OEM applications, and I/O support than previous versions
for embedded monitoring and control in industries such as
energy and medical. Together, the Spartan-6 FPGA and 400
MHz processor provide reliability and performance at a low
price point for OEMs, with built-in peripherals such as
RS232, CAN, USB and Ethernet and the ability to add peripherals
for further customization.
"Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGAs play a critical role in the
enhanced performance our customers will see from advanced
NI RIO systems," said Eric Starkloff, Vice President
of Embedded Systems and Test Marketing at National Instruments.
"The combination of NI LabVIEW and Xilinx FPGAs gives
our customers the ability to design innovative embedded
systems while significantly reducing their time-to-market.
In the future, we look forward to enabling our customers'
applications with Xilinx by delivering phenomenal NI RIO
products based on the company's newest 7 series FPGAs and
Zynq embedded processing platforms."
"National Instruments continues to drive engineering
innovation by offering new high-performance solutions to
domain experts using the intuitive LabVIEW graphical system
design tools," added Vin Ratford, Xilinx Senior Vice
President of Worldwide Marketing and Business Development
. "We're delighted with the results of our long time
collaboration in delivering an easy-to-use rapid innovation
platform to NI customers over many generations of the NI
RIO product platform. Going forward, we're excited to see
what engineering challenges customers can solve with next-generation
NI products built with Xilinx's new flagship 28nm FPGA family
and Zynq extensible processing platform."
An integral part of the NI graphical system design platform,
NI RIO technology combines LabVIEW software with commercial
off-the-shelf hardware to simplify development and shorten
time-to-market when designing advanced control, monitoring
and test systems. NI RIO hardware, which includes CompactRIO,
NI Single-Board RIO, R Series boards and PXI-based NI FlexRIO,
features architecture with powerful floating-point processors,
reconfigurable FPGAs and modular I/O. All NI RIO hardware
components are programmed with LabVIEW to give engineers
the ability to rapidly create custom timing, signal processing
and control for I/O without requiring expertise in low-level
hardware description languages or board-level design.
For more information visit www.xilinx.com