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release - December 2008 - national instruments, Inc. (Ni) recently launched an open FPGA based product series for the PXI platform, which will significantly speed up the development of new materials. Ni flexrio series products are the first mature commercial off the shelf products in the industrial field. It provides engineers with solutions that combine high-speed, industrial i/o and NI LabVIEW FPGA technology at the same time. With Ni flexrio, engineers can add custom signal processing algorithms to PXI based FPGA hardware. At the same time, using interchangeable adapter modules, they can directly connect FPGA to instrument level i/o, or create customized front-end hardware to meet the actual application needs of customers. Using these features of flexrio, engineers can use processing, hardware in the loop simulation and protocol recognition test as needed when designing and testing many complex electronic devices

"by providing hardware level programmable software technology, LabVIEW FPGA will continue to change instrument technology and expand graphical system design." Dr. James truchard, President, co-founder and CEO of Ni company, pointed out that "Ni flexrio can help engineers effectively solve the problems that can not be solved by commercial off the shelf technologies before, which will pose a serious threat to passengers' lives and property in practical applications"

ni flexrio FPGA module is characterized by the introduction of high-performance Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA chip, which allows engineers to use LabVIEW FPGA module to program it. Before that, FPGA technology was limited to some hardware engineers who mastered digital design technology. However, LabVIEW FPGA technology enables all engineers to use this technology through intuitive graphical programming. Through LabVIEW FPGA, engineers can directly use the original digital i/o pins on the Ni flexrio FPGA module, and have 66 differential digital signal lines up to 1 gb/s, or 132 single ended digital signal lines up to 400 MB/s. In addition, the Ni flexrio FPGA module provides considerable on-board storage resources and the choice of using external clock signals

the functional implementation of all Ni flexrio requires two different sets of hardware support - PXI FPGA module and adapter module, which define the functions of specific i/o in the system. The first Ni flexrio adapter module is the Ni 6581 high-speed digital i/o adapter module, which is an ideal choice for algorithm pattern generation and protocol recognition testing. Through 54 single ended signal channels that can select logic levels of 1.8V, 2.5V and 3.3V (compatible with 5V), Ni 6581 provides digital I up to 100 MHz/print the results to o (200 mb/s DDR) after completing the experiment. In addition, Ni and Averna have jointly developed a plug and play IEEE 1394b adapter module. At the same time, Ni also expects other manufacturers to launch more modules in the future

I hope it can help you. In addition, Ni flexrio provides engineers with flexible choices, so that engineers can use accurate converters, buffers, clocks and connectors to design custom adapter modules to meet different application needs. In order to help engineers design the mechanical structure of custom modules, Ni flexrio adapter module development kit (MDK) contains complete electronic and mechanical design specifications, even including CAD files and PCB outline descriptions, as well as metal shells of various adapter modules

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