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NI System-on-Module (SOM) Technology to Play a Critical Role in Shaping the Future of Embedded Design National Instruments the provider of solutions that enable engineers and scientists to solve the world’s greatest engineering challenges has announced the NI SOM. This is their first global product launch from India, with NI introducing a major transformation in embedded technology for the world – from Chennai.  It combines the Xilinx Zynq All Programmable system on a chip (SoC) with supporting components such as memory on a small PCB and features a complete middleware solution and ready-to-go Linux-based real-time operating system (RTOS) already integrated. The NI SOM gives design teams the customizability of a SOM without the increased time and risk of developing custom software.
 
With this launch, NI is paving the way for its embedded technology to be a game changer for the future. From healthcare in India to smart manufacturing facilities in France, this technology can directly address the market pain of disease as well as the need to advance the industrial automation market. Today, NI showcased this revolutionary technology with lead users from HTIC (Joint initiative of IIT-Madras & Govt. of India) – who are working on medical diagnostics for public and private sectors; and Airbus – working on cyber-physical systems for ‘the Factory of the Future’.
 
Joel Shapiro, Leader for Marketing, Emerging Markets Region, NI said ‘’The NI System on Module (SOM), combined with powerful LabVIEW libraries, enables engineers to transform their ideas into embedded products faster than any other tool available on the market.  Healthcare devices, smart machines, and other applications that require embedded technology will benefit as the NI SOM not only speeds up, but also bridges design, prototyping, and deployment with a single platform.  ‘’
Dr. Jayaraj Joseph, Systems Architect, Healthcare Technology Innovation Centre says,’’ NI's graphical design tools have helped HTIC to rapidly develop functional, field testable proof of concepts in healthcare space that involves a variety of stakeholders. NI SOM has now allowed HTIC to take these functional prototypes to mass deployable solutions. NI SOM  provide seamless integration with existing graphical development tool chain thereby allowing R&D centres to not only develop technology concepts, but also take them to deployment in a shorter time frame.’’

The NI SOM enables design teams to deploy reliable, complex embedded systems faster because it is based on and has the same rigorous design standards as the LabVIEW reconfigurable I/O (RIO) architecture. This architecture has already been used in high-reliability applications such as unmanned aerial vehicles and cataract surgery machines. NI, with this technology, aims to create a world of fresh possibilities for engineers, scientists and innovators – across life sciences, automotive, aerospace, manufacturing and energy sectors.
We have evaluated several SOMs and embedded SBCs, and there is no comparison to the software integration offered by NI,” said Sebastien Boria, R&D mechatronics technology leader at Airbus. “We estimate that our development costs with the NI SOM are a tenth of the costs of alternative approaches because of the productivity gains of NI’s approach to system design, in particular to NI Linux Real-Time and LabVIEW FPGA.”
 
Key Benefits
· Complete Middleware Solution: The NI SOM is shipped with a complete middleware solution out of the box to remove the time and risk associated with developing an embedded OS, custom software drivers and other common software components.
· LabVIEW FPGA Integration: LabVIEW FPGA eliminates a design team’s need for hardware description language expertise, making powerful FPGA technology more accessible than ever before.
· NI Linux Real-Time: The NI SOM offers a robust Linux-based RTOS, which gives design teams access to an extensive community of applications and IP.
· Shorter Prototyping Phase With CompactRIO: Design teams can use CompactRIO to quickly prototype their applications and then deploy them with the same code used for prototyping, which saves significant time and effort.
 
For more information about the NI SOM, visit www.ni.com/som.
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