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Using RapidIO® Technology as a System-Level Fabric

Both Serial RapidIO and Ethernet are being used as a backplane interconnect technology in a wide range of embedded applications. Many suppliers support both standards and let designers choose to work with whichever interconnect they feel is best. This neutral position provides interesting insights into both of these technologies. From a high-level point of view, it seems as if these two technologies are in stiff competition with each other. While Ethernet is certainly the incumbent technology, Serial RapidIO has had a huge uptake in adoption over the past year, with more silicon vendors supporting the standard than was originally anticipated.

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Embedded Technology (ET) magazine features board-level electronics and COTS solutions for design engineers, as well as a variety of product offerings. In medical imaging, data samples are taken from devices such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computer tomography (CT) scanners and translated into 2D, 3D, or 4D images. Sensor systems are now capable of acquiring thousands of projections per second, flooding the image reconstruction subsystem with several hundreds of megabytes of data per second. However, keeping reconstruction times acceptable has forced the design of special-purpose platforms based on field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) or application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs).

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Techs of the Week

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User Programmable FPGAs Power CompactRIO Embedded Systems

With a laundry list of design constraints, including a combination of real-time requirements, reliability/durability requests, and functionality and performance needs, it’s not surprising that engineers may find successfully building a competitive embedded solution difficult. To simplify the process, National Instruments developed a rugged, new high-performance embedded system, called CompactRIO, that combines the processing power and flexibility of a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) with the reliability of a real-time processor.

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