An industrial 400 MHz Freescale MPC5200 processor that deterministically acquires one’s LabVIEW Real-Time applications on the reliable Wind River VxWorks real-time operating system features the CompactRIO installed the system. Built-in operations for transferring data between the real-time processor within the CompactRIO embedded system and the FPGA are available in LabVIEW. One can pick from more than 600 built-in LabVIEW functions to frame its multithreaded installed system for real-time analysis, control, data logging, and communication. To save on development time, one can likewise combine existing C/C++ code with LabVIEW Real-Time code.

Starting a New CompactRIO Project in LabVIEW

One should commence by creating a new project in LabVIEW, where one can manage some hardware resources and code.

1. By selecting File » New Project, one creates a new project in LabVIEW.

2. Right-click on the Project feature at the top of the tree and by selecting New » Targets and Devices, one adds existing CompactRIO system to the project.

3. One can add offline systems, or discover, by this dialogue, systems on existing network. To enlarge the Real-Time CompactRIO folder, select existing system, and click OK. Note: LabVIEW might not find it on the network if the existing system is not listed. Ensure that the existing system is well configured with a valid IP address in Measurement & Automation Explorer. One can likewise select to manually enter the IP address if the existing system is on a remote subnet.

Select the Appropriate Programming Model

Two programming models are granted by LabVIEW for CompactRIO systems. If one has LabVIEW FPGA and LabVIEW Real-Time on the existing development CPU, the one can be incited to pick which programming model he/she would like to use. In the LabVIEW Project, the one can change this setting later, if needed.

Scan Interface (CompactRIO Scan Mode) –option allows a person to programme the real-time processor of the already existing CompactRIO system on a computer, but not the FPGA. NI provides a pre-defined personality for the FPGA that regularly scans the I/O and allocates it in a memory map, in this mode, making it accessible to LabVIEW Real-Time. For applications that lack single-point access to I/O at rates of a few hundred hertz, CompactRIO Scan Mode is sufficient. If someone wants to learn more about scan mode, the one should read the “Using CompactRIO Scan Mode” with “NI LabVIEW” white paper and sight the benchmarks.

LabVIEW FPGA Interface -option allows a person to unlock the true power of CompactRIO throughout customising the FPGA personality in addition to the programming of the real-time processor and accomplishing performance that would typically lack custom hardware. One can implement custom triggering and timing, off-load signal analysis and processing, create custom protocols, and access I/O at its maximum rate by using LabVIEW FPGA.

After that, one should select the appropriate programming model for the existing application.

Consequently, LabVIEW will then try to detect C Series I/O modules present in the existing system and automatically add them to the LabVIEW Project and the chassis. Note: If a person’s existing system was not discovered and one chooses to add it offline, one will need to add the chassis and C Series I/O manually. For scan mode and FPGA mode, The LabVIEW Help online discusses this operation.

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