National Instruments Case Study: Building High-Channel-Count Missile Test Systems With NI CompactRIO

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    "The performance, customization, and expansion potential of CompactRIO make it an excellent long-term, scalable investment."

    - Albion W. Knight IV, Green Mountain Research, Inc.


    The Challenge:

    Designing, building, and deploying an instrumentation system for remote missile-seeker operation and testing, including functional control of missile electronics, signal acquisition and processing, hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) signal generation, and interfaces for operator control and feedback.



    The Solution:

    Creating a high-performance, high-channel-count, network-distributed instrumentation suite based on NI multicore CompactRIO and MXI-Express expansion I/O. The combination of technologies and platforms supported by LabVIEW helped us meet requirements for low-latency throughput (FPGA), deterministic reliability (real-time), and integration with instruments and user interfaces (Windows) using Virtual Instrument Software Architecture (VISA).