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Measurement and synchronisation technology added to CompactRIO platform

28 February 2018

NI announced new CompactRIO Controllers that include NI-DAQmx and Time Sensitive Networking (TSN).

These controllers offer deterministic communication and synchronised measurements across standard Ethernet networks to increase performance and help improve productivity in addition to flexibility. NI was the first to market with industrial embedded hardware supporting TSN, the next evolution of the IEEE 802.11 Ethernet standard, and provides these controllers as part of its continued investment in TSN. Engineers can use TSN to synchronise distributed systems across networks, which eliminates the need for costly synchronisation cables.

As industries such as automotive, oil and gas, research and aerospace continue to implement the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), acquiring accurate, reliable and synchronised data across distributed nodes has become more challenging. As a result, companies must keep pace to ensure their systems are ready to meet these evolving requirements. 

In the research space, A.M.S. Software GmbH is already taking advantage of the flexibility of CompactRIO with NI-DAQmx. “We are excited about the new CompactRIO Controller because of the flexibility it offers us,” said Klaudius Pinkawa, CEO of A.M.S. Software GmbH. “We needed to set up several experiments in a lab and then perform them on an aircraft in zero gravity. CompactRIO with NI-DAQmx allowed us to perform any experiment using the same hardware in both environments, which saved development time and reduced risks to the experiments.”

The new CompactRIO Controllers feature: 

• Submicrosecond synchronisation with TSN over standard Ethernet for tightly synchronised, distributed measurements and control

• Shorter time to measurement than previous CompactRIO Controllers because of intuitive NI-DAQmx driver software 

• Open and secure processing at the edge of the IIoT with the NI Linux Real-Time OS

• High-performance data analysis and control with an industrial-grade processor and onboard FPGA, programmable with LabVIEW FPGA

• Reliable operation in harsh environments with -40 to 70°C operating temperature range, shock resistance up to 50g and vibration resistance up to 5g

With the addition of NI-DAQmx to the CompactRIO Controller family, engineers can access I/O directly from ready-to-use functions, which have made working with this driver the preferred data acquisition method for over 15 years. This intuitive driver coupled with the openness of the NI Linux Real-Time OS means users can continue to leverage the vast ecosystem of IP available for Linux, like Security Enhanced Linux (SE-Linux). 

For more than a decade, engineers have used CompactRIO Controllers to solve complex measurement, control and monitoring challenges. NI’s investment in the latest technologies better equips engineers and scientists to analyse and meet future engineering challenges. 

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