CompactRIO controllers improve productivity across Ethernet networks

National Instruments (NI) has 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 and flexibility.

NI developed industrial embedded hardware supporting TSN, the next evolution of the IEEE 802.11 Ethernet standard. 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 IoT (IIoT), acquiring accurate, reliable and synchronised data across distributed nodes has become more challenging, says NI. 

The latest CompactRIO controllers feature sub micro second synchronisation with TSN over standard Ethernet for tightly synchronised, distributed measurements and control. There is shorter time to measurement than previous CompactRIO controllers because of intuitive NI-DAQmx driver software.

Another feature is the open and secure processing at the edge of the IIoT with the NI Linux real-time operating system (RTOS).

The controllers provide high-performance data analysis and control with an industrial-grade processor and onboard FPGA, programmable with LabVIEW FPGA.

The controllers operate in harsh environments with -40 to +70 degree C operating temperature range, shock resistance up to 50g and vibration resistance up to 5.0g

Adding 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. The intuitive driver, coupled with the openness of the NI Linux RTOS means users can use the vast ecosystem of IP available for Linux, like Security Enhanced Linux (SE-Linux).

NI provides engineers and scientists with a software-centric platform that incorporates modular hardware and an expansive ecosystem. The company’s approach lets users define what they need to accelerate their system design within test, measurement and control. NI’s solution helps build high-performance systems that exceed requirements, quickly adapt to change and ultimately improve the world.

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