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New NI LabVIEW can be used in any 32-bit embedded processor

Posted: 21 Jun 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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National Instruments (NI) disclosed that scientists and engineers can now take advantage of the high-level graphical programming paradigm of its LabVIEW software to save significant time prototyping and deploying embedded applications to 32-bit microprocessors.

The new LabVIEW Embedded Development Module extends LabVIEW to any 32-bit embedded processor, providing a graphical approach to algorithm design, simulation, prototyping and deployment of custom designs for embedded systems. With this new development module, engineers can design algorithms and program their applications using an intuitive graphical dataflow language. It includes more than 400 analysis functions for signal processing, linear algebra, curve fitting, statistics and calculus. In addition to out-of-the-box measurement functionality for integrating real-world data early in the process, the module also features a framework for integrating I/O drivers and board support packages for taking advantage of specific processors with LabVIEW. Users can now develop their applications using the LabVIEW graphical environment and then automatically generate C code to integrate with their chosen processor tool chains. In addition, the LabVIEW graphical front panel controls and indicators help engineers interactively experiment and debug their embedded code much more quickly than conventional approaches.

Long road for LabVIEW

Since 1986, LabVIEW has redesigned measurement and automation with its graphical development methodology. It delivers an intuitive and powerful way to acquire, analyze and present measurements at every stage of development, from prototyping to design to manufacturing test, said the company. "NI's LabVIEW has empowered thousands of scientists and engineers in the test and control industries to harness challenging programming concepts, such as parallelism and multithreaded development, through an intuitive graphical dataflow paradigm," commented Dr. James Truchard, NI cofounder, president and CEO. "The evolution of LabVIEW beyond the PC will open embedded system design to an entirely new class of developera more mainstream population of scientists and engineers."

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