Introducing the NI roboRIO Advanced Robotics Controller. This rock-solid device was designed specifically with FIRST in mind. It's more powerful, lighter, and smaller than the previous cRIO, giving FRC teams unmatched power and versatility.
Does roboRIO support other programming languages?
> Yes, you can program the roboRIO in LabVIEW, Java, and C++. A few teams even use Python, although it's not technically supported.
When can we purchase a spare roboRIO?
> All rookie FRC Teams get a free roboRIO in their Kit of Parts. All FRC teams can purchase additional roboRIOs at an 80% discount off of the retail price from AndyMark here.
How is roboRIO different from cRIO?
> NI roboRIO uses the same basic architecture of a Real-Time processor + FPGA, but the roboRIO is faster due to the processor being dual-core. All of the I/O is accessible direclty on the roboRIO controller, so the cRIO's digitial sidecar is unnecessary. The Real-Time programming architecture you use to program the roboRIO is nearly identical to the way that professionals use LabVIEW to program their cRIO systems.
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 since the roboRIO will require the FRC Update Suite for use in FIRST Robotics Competition. Additionally, the roboRIO is designed to be more rugged than the myRIO so that it can survive multiple FRC seasons through features such as conformal coating and extra short protection.
What operating system does roboRIO Use?
Can I use a Linux computer to program the roboRIO?
> No. You will still need to use a Windows computer to program and control the roboRIO, as the roboRIO tool chain is only supported in Windows.
Can non-FRC Teams purchase a roboRIO?
> Yes. Industry professionals and university students can purchase the roboRIO directly from National Instruments here. FRC teams, affiliates, partners, and organizers can purchase roboRIO from AndyMark provided they will be used to support FRC teams and competitions.
Custom Electronics Port (MXP)
Create your own custom electronics board for any extra inputs and outputs for your system. Check out the MXP Developers Guide for more information on how you can deisgn your own MXP board.
! Idea: Have an awesome idea for a custom Expansion Board that would be useful for many teams? Create one and use tools like Kickstarter to share your work with other teams!
roboRIO MXP Pinouts