December 14, 2007 -- Part 1 of this two-part series, "Choosing the Right Industrial Control and Acquisition Hardware," focused on choosing the right hardware platform for industrial and control applications and discussed some of the challenges design engineers face. This article examines the issues designers need to keep in mind when creating custom hardware in an industrial setting.
While there are many advantages to making in-house proprietary systems, there are also a number of important benefits to using a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology. This article explores some of these issues while developing a case for COTS hardware that includes a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) as a feasible and flexible way to replace custom hardware.
By Rick Kuhlman. (Kuhlman is the LabVIEW FPGA Product Marketing Engineer at National Instruments Corp.)
This brief introduction has been excerpted from the original copyrighted article.