NI Integrates Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA into customisable I/O devices

National Instruments (NI) has launched four new R Series I/O modules for the PXI platform that are equipped with high-performance Xilinx Virtex-5 field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).

The NI PXI-7841R, PXI-7842R, PXI-7851R and PXI-7852R modules feature eight analogue inputs, eight analogue outputs and 96 digital I/O lines as well as analogue input rates that are more than 3.5 times faster than previously released R Series devices.

These new modules provide engineers and scientists with commercial off-the-shelf hardware that can be graphically programmed with the NI LabVIEW FPGA Module to perform custom onboard processing for inline data analysis and deterministic I/O control for applications that require specialised timing and triggering.

̶0;The unprecedented flexibility of FPGA technology makes FPGAs ideal for both complex embedded system design and high-performance data acquisition and test applications,̶1; said Dr James Truchard, National Instruments President, CEO and Cofounder. ̶0;With our continued investment in FPGA technology including the new R Series devices and the LabVIEW FPGA Module, National Instruments is giving test engineers and embedded programmers alike a tightly integrated platform that makes it easy for them to take advantage of the incredible potential of FPGAs.̶1;

Engineers and scientists can achieve 16-bit analogue input sampling rates up to 200 kS/s/ch with the PXI-7841R and PXI-7842R and sampling rates up to 750 kS/s/ch with the PXI-7851R and PXI-7852R.

Additionally, the new R Series modules are equipped with either a Virtex-5 LX30 or Virtex-5 LX50 FPGA, which deliver improved optimisation capabilities that provide faster code execution and increased LabVIEW code capacity than previous R Series devices.

Virtex-5 FPGAs feature a six-input LUT architecture for substantially improved resource utilisation as well as DSP slices that make it possible for users to implement more complex digital signal processing at faster rates. The combination of high-speed I/O and Virtex-5 FPGAs on these new R Series modules makes them ideal for high-performance processing and control applications in industries such as automotive, life science and aerospace/defence.

Image: An example of National Instruments' new R Series I/O modules

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