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  Date:8th Aug 2011

Xilinx' Spartan-6 FPGAs used in NI's RIO sys

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

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