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Re: NI Introduces Calculator to Help You Determine Whether to Build or Buy Your Embedded System

NI Employee

This post is obsolete. Please visit https://ni.com/compactrio to configure a cRIO system.

 

NI has released a new online tool to help you decide whetheran off-the-shelf or custom embedded system solution is right for your project.

 

GSD calculator.png

 

Comparable to a mortgage calculator, the Graphical SystemDesign Calculator makes it possible for you to enter specific project criteria such as unit volume, amount of time until your deadline and number of people onthe project team. The calculator then estimates the initial cost ofdevelopment, time to market and profit over time. With the results, you cancompare the financial details between using NI graphical system design tools,such as LabVIEW and CompactRIO, and traditional custom design tools to help decidewhether you should build or buy your embedded system solution.

 

Visit www.ni.com/buildvsbuy to use the Graphical SystemDesign Calculator.

 

This post is obsolete. Please visit https://ni.com/compactrio to configure a cRIO system.

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Member

We are finally making calculators - ha!

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From: LJames <web.community@ni.com>

To: Hilary Marchbanks <hilary.marchbanks@ni.com>

Date: 02/14/2011 09:38 AM

Subject: - NI Introduces Calculator to Help

You Determine Whether to Build or Buy Your Embedded System

Community

NI Introduces Calculator to Help You Determine Whether to Build or Buy

Your Embedded System

created by LJames in NI News in Real Time - View the full blog post

NI has released a new online tool to help you decide whetheran

off-the-shelf or custom embedded system solution is right for your

project.

http://decibel.ni.com/content/servlet/JiveServlet/downloadImage/38-4870-17085/208-244/GSD+calculator.png

Comparable to a mortgage calculator, the Graphical SystemDesign Calculator

makes it possible for you to enter specific project criteria such as unit

volume, amount of time until your deadline and number of people onthe

project team. The calculator then estimates the initial cost

ofdevelopment, time to market and profit over time. With the results, you

cancompare the financial details between using NI graphical system design

tools,such as LabVIEW and CompactRIO, and traditional custom design tools

to help decidewhether you should build or buy your embedded system

solution.

Visit www.ni.com/buildvsbuy to use the Graphical SystemDesign Calculator.

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Member

Why is the "Unit volumes expected per year" limited to 3000?  "Unit volume" is the expected sales volume of the developed product, yes?

Right now, I'm the only engineer working on a product that will be sold at $100.  This tool doesn't help me convince the powers-that-be to move into the 21st century to stay competive.

NI Employee

Thanks for the comment. You are correct; the "unit volume" is the expected sales volume of the developed product.

This tool is intended to be used for scenarios that fit into the more "grey" areas of a build vs. buy decision; that is why we limited it to 3,000. We could probably increase it up to 10,000 per year, but beyond those volumes a custom solution will more than likely always be more economical. What volumes do you expect for your product? For products like yours that are intended to be sold at a very low cost ($100) and deployed in very high volumes (10,000+?? per year), there aren't many buy options out there to be profitable selling something at $100. Are you thinking of buying an off-the-shelf tool to develop and deploy this product?

Member

This calculator appears to have disappeared.  Can you send a new link to timothy.scherr@colorado.edu?

Proven Zealot

tscherr77: The calculator no longer worked on modern web, so it was removed by NI. Please visit https://ni.com/compactrio to configure a cRIO system.