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NI single-board RIO embedded devices with multifunction I/O

29 February 2012

National Instruments has introduced four new single-board RIO board-level embedded devices featuring a real-time processor, Spartan-6 field-programmable gate array (FPGA), analogue and digital I/O and more built-in peripherals for custom embedded control and monitoring applications. The new devices provide engineers with off-the-shelf FPGA and real-time processor technology through NI LabVIEW while maintaining the custom I/O often required for high-volume deployments.

An optional RIO mezzanine card connector provides direct access to FPGA digital input/output (DIO) lines and certain processor-specific functions for mating custom daughter cards. NI Single-Board RIO avoids the effort of having to design an entire system from scratch, allowing designers to focus on the custom parts of their applications, such as the I/O.

With the new devices, engineers can achieve the shorter time to market of an off-the-shelf system along with the I/O customisation offered by in-house designs, providing the best of both worlds. The devices also feature built-in analogue I/O so engineers can take advantage of the company’s analogue expertise in addition to their application-specific circuitry.

The devices’ low-cost, small form factor; built-in I/O; real-time processor; and FPGA provide an ideal platform for embedded monitoring and control applications in industries such as medical and energy.

Product features at-a-glance:
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NI sbRIO-9623: 256 MB of memory, 128 MB RAM, 16 channels of 12-bit analogue input, 4 channels of 12-bit analogue output, 4 DIO, 96 RMC DIO
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NI sbRIO-9626: 512 MB of memory, 256 MB RAM, 16 channels of 16-bit analogue input, 4 channels of 16-bit analogue output, 4 DIO, 96 RMC DIO
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NI sbRIO-9633: 256 MB of memory, 128 MB RAM, 16 channels of 12-bit analogue input, 4 channels of 12-bit analogue output, 28 DIO
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NI sbRIO-9636: 512 MB of memory, 256 MB RAM, 16 channels of 16-bit analogue input, 4 channels of 16-bit analogue output, 28 DIO

NI has also announced the Electronic Design Specialty for NI Alliance Partner Network members with specialised skills in custom electronics. The Electronic Design Specialty identifies trusted experts for customers looking to extend and customise NI reconfigurable I/O (RIO) hardware products, including NI CompactRIO, NI Single-Board RIO and NI FlexRIO, to meet their application needs.

For specific customer applications that require specialised I/O or a unique form factor, these partners build RIO Mezzanine Cards (RMC) for NI Single-Board RIO C Series modules using the CompactRIO Module Development Kit (MDK) and NI FlexRIO adapter modules. Click here for more information.



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