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NI's updated driver software integrates with LabVIEW Real-Time

Posted: 29 Sep 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:national instruments? ni? pxi modular instruments hardware? modular instrument driver software? labview real-time development software?

Engineers can now create reliable real-time test systems with National Instruments' PXI modular instruments hardware, which includes products that deliver up to 24bit accuracy or 200MSps sample rates. This new compatibility is the result of an updated modular instrument driver software that tightly integrates with LabVIEW Real-Time development software, the company said.

By using LabVIEW Real-Time with NI's PXI modular instruments, users can design high-performance, custom virtual instruments with real-time reliability and autonomous operation. According to NI, Real-time OSes (RTOSes) offer the highest level of reliability because they are streamlined to use fewer resources and eliminate the fragilities of standard OSes. LabVIEW Real-Time delivers the benefits of a RTOS without requiring engineers to know the low-level details of real-time development. Users can use the graphical development environment of LabVIEW to build their applications and then download them to dedicated real-time targets.

NI said engineers can configure LabVIEW Real-Time systems to automatically boot and immediately begin the appropriate application with no user interaction. With this capability, engineers can embed LabVIEW Real-Time systems within larger machines or deploy them remotely where they can run autonomously.

With the new driver release and LabVIEW 7.1 Real-Time Module, engineers can use NI's line of modular instruments, including digital multimeters, high-speed digitizers, signal generators, switches, dynamic signal acquisition and high-speed digital modules, to create real-time measurement and control applications. Users can also integrate a variety of NI and third-party measurement devices including data acquisition, vision, motion, Compact FieldPoint, GPIB, CAN, reconfigurable I/O, serial and DeviceNET.

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