Introducing the NI roboRIO the next generation in student robotics controllers. This device is designed specifically with FIRST in mind. It's more powerful, lighter, and smaller than the previous cRIO. This new controller will give FRC teams unmatched power starting in the FRC 2015 season.
roboRIO Custom Electronics Port pinout.roboRIO I/O diagram
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Note: The following is the pinout for the myRIO MXP port, which is compatible with the roboRIO Custom Electronics Port, but some of the shared functionlity on the DIO pins is different. The roboRIO shared functions will
be documented when they are finalized.
Will roboRIO support other programming languages?
Yes, it will have the same language support as the current cRIO: LabVIEW, Java, and C++.
When can we purchase a spare roboRIO? How much will it cost?
All FRC Teams will get a roboRIO in the Kit of Parts at Kick Off 2015. Teams can purchase a spare roboRIO starting in fall 2014 for <$450 (pricing not yet finalized).
How is roboRIO different from myRIO?
Both devices use the Xilinx Zynq chipset (processor + FPGA) and use a lot of the same architecture. roboRIO has connectors and I/O specific for use in FIRST (e.g. CAN and PWM connectors), while the myRIO uses generic screw terminals for all I/O. The software experience will also differ between the devices initialy since the roboRIO will require the FRC Suite. However, we are planning on testing the myRIO software suite on roboRIO as well once we get closer to release. The roboRIO is also designed to be more rugged so that it can servive multiple brutal FRC seasons through features such as conformal coating and extra short protection.
Can non FRC Teams purchase a roboRIO?
The first run of units will be made exclusivly for FRC 2015. However, we are considering a non-FIRST price point for universities or companies interested in purchasing the device.