News, Events, Notices
News Events Team Notices

January 5, 2013
The FRC 2013 competition has been annouced! Ultimate Ascent

January 23, 2013
See what we're up too in our Week One Team Update!

January 29, 2013
Week 2 Update is up! see what us busy students have been doing

January 5, 2013
FIRST Robotics Competition 2013 kickoff. @ Burlington Central High School

January 14, 2012
We're doing the FLL webcast.


The cRIO

The robot controller is a National Instruments cRIO, short for compact Reprogramable Input Output.


  • Real time operating system (VxWorks by WindRiver) customized for FIRST.
  • 400MHz processor with 64MB of DRAM and 256MB non-volatile memory.
  • Two Ethernet ports and an RS232 serial port for connections to peripherals.
  • 24VDC power supply input which works with the FIRST Power Distribution Board.

We use the FIRST-designated NI cRIO-FRC integrated microprocessor to control our robot. The cRio allows for swappable modules to interface with other FIRST components. It can survive tempuratures of -20 to 55 degrees celcuis. The system provides 64 MB of DRAM for embedded operation and 256 MB of non-volatile memory.

The cRIO-FRC features two 10/100 Mbits/s Ethernet ports that we use for communicating with the driver station and an RS232 serial port for connecting peripherals such as a CAN (Controller Area Network) bus.

For the 2009-2011 competition seasons, FIRST has selected three C Series I/O modules: the NI 9201 for analog inputs, the NI 9403 for digital I/O, and the NI 9472 for pneumatic output.

The Jaguars

All of the motors on our robots have been controlled by Texas Instraments Jaguars also know as MDL-BDC24's for the previous two years. Alternatives exist, such as the Innovation First Victor.

  • PWM interface or Controller Area Network (CAN) interface via a RS232 serial interface
  • Real-time monitoring of current, voltage and speed.
  • Load firmware over RS232/CAN
  • Directly interfaces to a PC serial port or National Instruments cRIO