NI Expands FPGA-Enabled NI FlexRIO Family for PXI with Six New I/O Modules
National Instruments expands its NI FlexRIO product line with the addition of six new adapter modules featuring FPGA-based reconfigurable I/O.
The new I/O modules deliver enhanced functionality for general-purpose automated test and high-speed digital communication.
The NI FlexRIO family is a leading commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solution designed to provide engineers the flexibility of NI LabVIEW FPGA technology with high-speed, user-configurable I/O on the PXI platform.
The new adapter modules include four general-purpose digitizers, a module for high-speed digital I/O and a 16-bit analogue-to-digital converter (ADC) from Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI), which is optimised for modulated communications.
According to Tom Gratzek, strategic marketing manager of data converters at Analog Devices, by combining the AD9467 16-bit A/D converter’s high sample rate and resolution with the reconfigurable I/O of NI FlexRIO, users can get superior flexibility when deploying algorithms onto acquisition hardware, prototyping communications systems and achieving extremely high-performance measurements.
All NI FlexRIO solutions require two distinct hardware components: an I/O-specific adapter module and a PXI-based NI FlexRIO FPGA module featuring a Xilinx Virtex-class field-programmable gate array (FPGA).
With 15 different NI FlexRIO adapter modules now available, engineers and scientists can directly interface FPGAs to a broad variety of I/O for measurement applications requiring real-time performance, low-latency processing and reconfigurable behaviour.
Specifications of the six new adapter modules:
- NI 5762: 16-bit, 250 MS/s digitizer featuring the AD9467 ADC from Analog Devices
- NI 6587: 16-ch, 1 Gb/s digital I/O module for high-speed LVDS interfaces
- NI 5731: 12-bit, 40 MS/s general-purpose digitizer adapter module, featuring typical SFDR better than -87 dBc
- NI 5732: 14-bit, 80 MS/s general-purpose digitizer adapter module, featuring typical SNR better than 69 dB
- NI 5733: 16-bit, 120 MS/s high-resolution digitizer adapter module, featuring 37 MHz of alias-free bandwidth
- NI 5734: 16-bit, 120 MS/s, quad-channel, high-resolution digitizer adapter module
The modules also integrate with the new NI FlexRIO Instrument Development Library, a collection of LabVIEW host and FPGA code designed to provide capabilities commonly found in instruments such as acquisition engines, DRAM interfaces and trigger logic, along with the associated host APIs.
Additionally, the new NI-573xR Example Instrument Driver builds on the code from the Instrument Development Library to create a default FPGA personality and familiar host API for using an NI 573x adapter module as a basic digitizer.
NI FlexRIO FPGAs can be programmed with LabVIEW graphical system design software and the LabVIEW FPGA Module, helping domain experts target their applications to FPGAs without requiring VHDL knowledge, while still providing an interface to import existing VHDL code directly into LabVIEW FPGA.