PHYSICS AND ENGINEERING INSTRUMENTS
28 November 2007
National Instruments has released a new suite of software and hardware intellectual property (IP) to ease the use of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) in measurement, control and signal processing applications.
Collaborating with its worldwide network of customers, integrators and National Instruments Alliance Partners, NI has introduced the FPGA IPNet to provide an open forum for sharing LabVIEW FPGA IP and new hardware I/O modules for analogue and digital I/O, communication buses/protocols and motion control. The newly available resources make it easier for engineers and scientists without hardware design experience to integrate FPGA technology into their test and control applications.
The IPNet offers engineers instant access to more than 100 FPGA IP functions for math and signal processing, data acquisition, signal generation, control, digital communication protocols and sensor simulation. By taking advantage of existing IP, engineers can reduce FPGA development time by using ready-to-run IP for tasks including digital filtering, proportional integral derivative (PID) control and serial peripheral interface (SPI) communication. Furthermore, as NI and the LabVIEW FPGA community create more IP, the IPNet will extend and become an increasingly effective venue for sharing and acquiring new code.