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Wireless and Embedded Design Enhancements from NI

National Instruments (, the Austin, Texas, control and instrumentation manufacturer, has announced a high-performance, real-time controller in collaboration with Austin-based chip manufacturer Freescale Semiconductor ( and Wind River (, Alameda, Calif., a provider of real-time operating systems.

The controller is based on Freescale’s Power Architecture MPC5200 processor and Wind River’s VxWorks operating system, and is part of NI’s CompactRIO platform.

“Engineers require a development platform that helps them create embedded system solutions more quickly, with higher quality and with lower costs,” said Steve Rosebaugh, senior product manager for Freescale’s Infotainment, Multimedia and Telematics operation. “Our collaboration with National Instruments is bringing the benefits of Power Architecture technology to the CompactRIO graphical system design platform, which gives engineers a more streamlined approach to embedded system development.”

Adds Warren Kurisu, director of product management at Wind River, “Device software has been exponentially increasing in complexity, which makes it much more challenging for engineers to be productive. We see graphical system design as a valuable methodology for moving customized device software from design to deployment quickly.”

Aviaok International, Drivven and S.E.A develop modules for in-vehicle and wireless applications for the NI Compact RIO platform. S.E.A., a Cologne, Germany-based provider of products and solutions for industrial automation and measurement, has released modules for global positioning system (GPS) and wireless communications on the global standard for mobile (GSM) and general packet radio service (GPRS) protocols to monitor exact position of CompactRIO modules and communicate wirelessly. Drivven, based in San Antonio, Texas, has developed a variety of modules for rapid prototyping of full-authority engine control systems. Aviaok International, of Tagenrog, Russia, has developed modules for the aerospace and avionics industry.

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