Expanding IoT Reach with Intel® Architecture: It’s all About Scalability

It’s not an exaggeration to say that if you walk into almost any scientific or engineering R&D lab, you’re likely to find National Instruments (NI) equipment. For years, engineers and scientists have been relying on tools from NI that accelerate productivity, innovation, and discovery—from daily engineering challenges to the biggest, toughest, and most exciting projects you can imagine. When you’re talking testing and measurement tools, there’s no doubt that performance and accuracy are keys to success. That’s why for the past 20 years, NI has consistently relied on Intel® architecture (IA) in so many of its high-end products.

Blog_Image1Expanding IA across the NI Product Line

Now, with the latest generation of Intel® Atom™ processors that deliver outstanding computational performance and energy efficiency, NI is moving to Intel architecture widely across product lines, including mid-range products with smaller form factors that require lower power—and strong performance.

What’s most exciting is how this move can benefit customers. Having the Intel silicon architecture across multiple product lines directly improves scalability and user experience. It means that if one of NI’s end-customers develops an application on an Intel based system and subsequently wants to move up the stack (or move down the stack) based on the requirements of its own customer, the company can easily port the application onto the next platform.

New NI CompactRio* Performance Controller

Blog_Image2_CompactRio_bA great example of the broader IA-based National Instruments Line is the new NI CompactRIO performance controller, announced today at NIWeek. The software-designed controller integrates the latest embedded technologies from Intel and Xilinx*to deliver outstanding performance and flexibility. It’s fully supported by LabVIEW 2014*and NI Linux* Real-Time, and isideal for advanced control and applications in harsh, industrial environments.

Intel collaborated closely with NI during early phases of the product development process, allowing us to rapidly bring the latest Intel Atom processor to this segment. Because of our close work with NI, industrial customers can benefit from the latest processing technologies while meeting their rugged performance requirements. Plus, there’s another great benefit of our collaboration: Intel’s understanding of the market has continued to grow thanks to valuable feedback we’ve received from NI customers.

Intel Internet of Things Award

Blog_Image3_JimRobinsonOne of the most exciting parts of NI Week so far was my colleague Jim Robinson’s presentation of the Intel Internet of Things Award. The award recognizes innovative intelligent systems applications that use common and scalable platforms to connect, manage, and secure devices and data in a consistent and scalable manner. The application must use intelligent connected devices, including NI LabView* system design software to program NI hardware featuring Intel® architecture including PXI*, smart cameras, or NI CompactRIO devices.

This year’s winning paper—Developing a High-Speed Electrical Analysis for Facility-Wide Energy Research—was authored by engineers from Optimation. Their application is an excellent example of interconnectivity on a broad scale basis: a lab-by-lab power and safety monitoring system for the 182,000-square-foot National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. In order to monitor the lab’s power usage and to control safety systems for each experiment or laboratory on a facility-wide scale, Optimation provided software images for the more than seventy CompactRIO units installed within electrical panels throughout the facility. You can get all the great details here—very interesting and exciting stuff. Congratulations!


If you’re seeking more information about Intel and IoT, we’ve got what you’re looking for. Also, I’m on Twitter and would love to hear from you. Contact me (@Intel_Shahram) if you have any questions or additional insights. And while you’re having fun in social media, join the Intel IoT conversation on Facebook and Twitter.


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About Shahram Mehraban

Global Head of Energy & Industrial Segments, Intelligent Systems Group INTEL CORPORATION Mehraban currently leads a team of marketing engineers and platform architects to drive solution-centric product innovation in Intel's embedded energy and industrial businesses. In this role he is responsible for setting research directions, conducting comparative qualitative and quantitative research globally, leading new product and solution strategy and definition for Intel in the power and automation industries. Prior to joining Intel in 2000, he held a number of technical marketing and business development roles at Trillium, Glenayre, Nokia and Motorola. Mehraban received his Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from University of British Columbia in 1992 and Master's degree in Business Administration from University of Victoria in 1995. He is a self-proclaimed tech enthusiast and early adopter of all types of consumer electronics. He likes to run and watch European soccer on the weekends. Continue the conversation on Twitter, @Intel_Shahram

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