Using NI Motor Drive Modules in cDAQ

Updated Dec 15, 2023

Reported In


  • C Series Motor Drive Module
  • CompactDAQ Chassis
  • CompactRIO Chassis
  • NI-9144
  • NI-9145
  • NI-9146
  • NI-950X
  • NI-951X
  • C Series Motor Drive Interface Module

Issue Details

  • How can I use an NI C Series Motion module in my CompactDAQ (cDAQ)?
  • Can I use one of the Motor Drive modules (NI 9501, NI 9502, NI 9503, NI 9505) in my cDAQ chassis?
  • Can I use a C Series Motor Drive Interface module (NI 9512, NI 9514, NI 9516) in a cDAQ chassis?


National Instrument C Series Motor Drive modules and Motor Drive Interface modules must be used in a RIO-based system. These include CompactRIO (cRIO), an EtherCAT RIO, or an Ethernet RIO device. These modules will not work with in a CompactDAQ (cDAQ).  

Additional Information

You can refer to the C Series Module Compatibility Chart to determine if a particular C Series module is compatible with the platform you are interested in using.

If you need to use a CompactDAQ system, you can see compatible LabVIEW SoftMotion configurations for Real-Time systems on the SoftMotion Compatibility with LabVIEW Real Time Controllers page.