New NI-XNET modules maximise project reuse with additional platform support [Dec 2011]

National Instruments introduced the C Series NI 9861 CAN interface and NI 9866 LIN interface, the newest modules in the NI-XNET family of products and the first low-speed CAN and LIN modules that integrate with the entire NI CompactDAQ platform. As part of the NI-XNET family, the new modules provide engineers with productivity advantages such as hardware-accelerated messaging and onboard processing. “The single-port, low-speed C Series NI 9861 CAN interface module features integrated CAN database support for importing, editing and using signals from FIBEX, .DBC and .NCD files which is capable of 100 per cent bus load communication up to 125 kbit/s without dropping any frames. The NI 9866 LIN module is also a single-port interface with integrated support for importing and using signals from LDF databases along with master/slave support and hardware-timed scheduling for master tasks which is capable of 100 per cent bus load communication up to 20 kbit/s without dropping any frames”, the company statement said.
Engineers can use the new CAN and LIN modules with the same NI LabVIEW or ANSI C/C++ software code on a variety of platforms including NI CompactDAQ, CompactRIO, PXI and PCI. Project reuse saves time as the same applications can be used, for example, in labs with PCI; in manufacturing end-of-line tests with PXI; in portable in-vehicle communication settings with NI CompactDAQ; and in headless in-vehicle logging with CompactRIO.
With native support in NI VeriStand real-time test development software, the new modules are ideal for real-time automotive testing applications, including hardware-in-the-loop simulation and test cell applications. Both modules support synchronisation and triggering with other CompactRIO and NI CompactDAQ modules.

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