New 2015 FRC Controller from National Instruments

Blog Date: 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 13:45

National Instruments_Athena_June2013

NI will be releasing details about the 2015 FRC controller at their NI Week conference in August… but they’re excited about how well it’s all coming together. They even shared this photo of the bare PCB, hot off the press, with us. See anything interesting?


I’ll blog again soon.




When is the earliest we are able to buy it?

To be determined later.

It looks like we have all of our PWM inputs and outputs back on the controller! No more digital sidebar and/or analog module? Count me in!

How about a picture of the other side? :-)

Looks like usb type b in the back there :)

I see 3.3V(possibly usable), and an onboard USB port(hmm, interesting....)

Mr. Frank, i was reading the NI website that you linked and i got 1 question: the website talks only about programming in Labview, but nothing about C++ or java. Will we be able to program "Athena" in C++???

Yes, you will be able to program in LabVIEW, Java, and C++

Yes, at the Championship it was announced that C++ and Java will be available in 2015.

The layout suggests this is no longer a back plane type form factor with modules (as was cRIO). Observing the I/O pins, looks like fewer connection points - leading to a hope of more bus type connectivity will be in play - SPI, I2C and CAN ...

Here is information about the controller that was available at the championships, for those people who are hearing about this for the first time.

How safe from wiring mishaps will this be? the sidecar helped remove thread to the cRio . . . but if it is all one board, will it fry easier and create problems that are harder to track?

we have a lot invested in cRios to be able to build a test robot and game robot. . . will this still be supported or will we need to buy multiple controllers to be able to build two robots?

Not that our team is wondering if the new system will work with older systems, Our team is having trouble connecting to last years bot, I was just wondering if the new driver station is backwards compatible?

There’s a forum set up for Operator Console questions here. Look for your answer there. If you don’t find it, feel free to ask it!


When the new controllers come out will we be able to trade in our old cRIO(s) for the new version? This is assuming the new controllers are better then current system, any comment?

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