National Instruments today announced the release of the NI TPC-2012. The new 12-inch touch panel computer works with the National Instruments LabVIEW 8.20 Touch Panel Module, giving control and design engineers another option for deploying the LabVIEW
graphical development environment on Windows CE HMI devices for machine
control, embedded control and distributed data acquisition systems.
LabVIEW offers a single graphical development environment in which
system designers can easily create touch panel applications in the same
environment used for logic programming. They can develop control
algorithms, embed logic on FPGAs, build the accompanying HMI and then
deploy to the TPC-2012, all using LabVIEW 8.20.
Additionally, the NI LabVIEW 8.20 Touch Panel Module works with LabVIEW
shared variables, making it even easier to share data between real-time
controllers — such as PXINI Compact FieldPoint, CompactRIO and Compact Vision System
— and Windows CE devices, including the TPC-2012 and HMIs from
companies such as Advantech, a Windows CE hardware provider. System
designers can use the built-in Modbus serial, Modbus TCP/IP and Modbus
ASCII communication in LabVIEW to communicate between third-party HMIs
and Modbus hardware.
“LabVIEW 8.20 provides an ideal environment for developing both HMIs
and control or data acquisition logic for programmable automation
controllers,” said Mike Berryman, Advantech market development manager.
“The new LabVIEW Touch Panel Module allows Advantech customers using
our Windows CE-based industrial platforms to create HMIs with the ease
of use of LabVIEW.”
The NI LabVIEW 8.20 Touch Panel Module also works with the NI TPC-2006
HMI. The TPC-2006 offers a compact and lower-cost option for HMI
display, while the new TPC-2012 features a 12.1-inch SVGA TFT LCD
screen, 256 MB RAM, 128 MB CompactFlash card and 500 MHz of graphics
With both HMI devices, system designers can add native LabVIEW
controls, graphs and other displays to their HMI applications for
increased control and measurement capabilities, and they do not need to
employ multiple logic and HMI software packages to do so. For the new
TPC-2012, the TPC-2006 and third-party Windows CE HMIs, the LabVIEW
Touch Panel Module reduces development time and cost by providing a
single integrated, open development environment.
About National Instruments
For more than 30 years, National Instruments (www.ni.com) has been a technology pioneer and leader in virtual instrumentation
— a revolutionary concept that has changed the way engineers and
scientists in industry, government and academia approach measurement
and automation. Leveraging PCs and commercial technologies, virtual
instrumentation increases productivity and lowers costs for test,
control and design applications through easy-to-integrate software,
such as NI LabVIEW, and modular measurement and control hardware for
PXI, PXI Express, PCI, PCI Express, USB and Ethernet. Headquartered in
Austin, Texas, NI has more than 4,000 employees and direct operations
in nearly 40 countries. For the past seven years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.
Pricing and Contact Information
|TPC-2012 12.1-Inch Touch Panel Computer and LabVIEW Hardware License||Contact Sales: www.ni.com/contact|
|Priced from $1,999; €1,849; ¥256,000||E-mail: [email protected]|
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