Thursday 24 February 2011

Reflective memory distribution agreement!

Reflective Memory will enable NI™ customers to develop real time, deterministic local area networks for challenging testing, simulation applications

GE Intelligent Platforms has signed an agreement that will see National Instruments™
distribute the GE cPCI-5565PIO Reflective Memory PMC and PMC Carrier Card for 3U CompactPCI® systems. The cPCI-5565PIO – which operates at 2Gbaud and features 256Mbytes of memory and multi-mode transceivers – is based on the GE PMC-5565PIORC, but includes a customized carrier card specifically designed to be configured with NI PXI chassis as part of the company’s NI VeriStand™ real-time testing and simulation software platform.

“Reflective Memory is a technology that uniquely enables real time local area networks and in which each computer always has an up-to-date local copy of the shared memory set,” said Wayne McGee, Manager, Commercial Product Management at GE Intelligent Platforms. “These specialty networks are specifically designed to provide highly deterministic data communications, and deliver the tightly timed performance necessary for a variety of sophisticated, demanding distributed simulation and industrial control applications. As such, Reflective Memory is highly appropriate for the applications targeted by National Instruments, and can help NI achieve a sustainable competitive advantage."

“Our business is about helping engineers and scientists more efficiently design, prototype, and deploy systems for test, control, and embedded design applications,” said Ian Fountain, Senior Platform Manager for Real-Time Test at National Instruments. “Our customers continuously develop innovative technologies that impact millions of people. Adding the GE Reflective Memory to our NI VeriStand platform will help us deliver the network performance and reliability that those customers demand.”

NI VeriStand is a software environment designed for creating real-time testing applications more efficiently. It allows configuration of a multicore-ready real-time engine to execute tasks that include analog, digital, communication bus, and field-programmable gate array (FPGA)-based I/O interfaces; triggerable, multifile data logging; real-time stimulus generation; calculated channels, and event alarming and alarm response routines.

GE Reflective Memory solutions include nodes for VME, PCI and PCI Express systems as well as in a PMC form factor, together with a Reflective Memory Hub that allows for optimum management of Reflective Memory networks.

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