NAI Introduces Intelligent I/O Subsystem

October 9, 2012

The NIU1 supports a wide selection of intelligent I/O, motion simulation/measurement, and communications functions in a self-contained, nano-sized package.

BOHEMIA, NY /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- North Atlantic Industries (NAI) announces the availability of the "industry's first integrated, compact, nano-sized subsystem, with unprecedented I/O capabilities that connects to existing platform Ethernet networks," making data available to any system on the network. The Nano Interface Unit (NIU1) easily adds sensor data acquisition, distribution, and communication interfaces to mission computers without expensive chassis and backplane redesign, for use in military and aerospace embedded applications.

Leveraging NAI's field-proven, unique modular architecture, the NIU1 supports a wide selection of different intelligent I/O, motion simulation/measurement, and communications functions, such as: A/D, D/A, TTL, and RTD; discrete I/O; differential transceiver, synchro/resolver/LVDT/RVDT measurement, simulation and excitation; strain gauge; encoder; dual channel dual redundant BC/RT/MT MIL-STD-1553; high-speed sync/async RS-232/422/423/485; ARINC 429/575; and CANBus. This approach provides a simple integration effort for dedicated I/O interface capability to existing or new applications, targeting specific interfacing requirements, and provides a complete I/O function subsystem. In addition, power-over-Ethernet is standard on the NIU1, making it easy to integrate where 28 VDC power isn't readily available.

Significant application benefits include:

  • Independent (pre-processed) I/O functionality, targeted at specific data acquisition/control areas
  • Additional capabilities, technology insertion, and sensor interfacing to existing fielded applications
  • Minimal integration risk, based on current field-proven, deployed technologies
  • Only 1.5 in. H by 1.6 in. D by 6.5 in. L @ 16 oz. (454 g), with three mounting options.

"Our customers demand innovation in our intelligent I/O products, and the NIU1 brings immediate single-function I/O and communication capability in a small, versatile, and rugged subsystem," explains Lino Massafra, VP of Sales/Marketing. "NIU1 delivers Intelligent I/O and communications where systems engineers need it."

Pricing in quantities of 100 of the NIU1-P8, configured with four high-speed sync/async RS232/422/423/485 serial ports, 28 VDC input, power-over-Ethernet, and dual gigabit Ethernet ports starts at $2568 each. Delivery starts in 10 weeks, ARO.

About NAI
North Atlantic Industries (NAI) is a leading independent supplier of embedded I/O boards, single-board computers, rugged power supplies, embedded systems, and motion simulation and measurement instruments for the military, aerospace, and industrial industries. NAI provides the highest quality COTS and modified-COTS products in commercial, extended temperature, and rugged versions.

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