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NI upgrades LabVIEW platform to target microprocessors

Posted: 04 Oct 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:national instruments labview? ni labview 8? NI graphical development platform?

National Instruments (NI) announced LabVIEW 8, an upgrade to its LabVIEW graphical development platform that promises to improve the productivity of engineers and scientists in design, control and test. According to Ajit Gokhale, director of marketing for NI's data acquisition line of products, new advances in communications and network technologies are enabling the production of very powerful, very low cost and very small processors. "Since these processors are available, design and test engineers want to use these devices. However, there are challenges in using them. And LabVIEW 8 was specifically made to help scientists and engineers in design and test leverage these processors that are coming out," Gokhale said.

The new version of LabVIEW introduces distributed intelligencea powerful suite of new capabilities for engineers and scientists to easily design, distribute and synchronize intelligent devices and systems. "In distributed systems, LabVIEW 8 is a critical point in building intelligent systems. We call this distributed intelligence," Gokhale explained.

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LabVIEW 8 features a new project-based environment for developing and managing large-scale applications. The LabVIEW Project includes tools for multiple target management; integrated code differencing and source code control; multi-build management; and the ability to seamlessly deploy applications to desktop, mobile, industrial and embedded targets. With these features, NI said, engineers and scientists can more easily integrate LabVIEW into advanced software engineering processes required for managing large teams of programmers or for compliance with industry- and government-defined development process certification standards.

The press release further said that LabVIEW 8 continues to build on Express technology with new tools designed for simplifying instrument control and data acquisition.

In 2003, NI introduced Express technology, which is a configuration-based approach to graphical programming. This technology has the ability to let engineers to configure their graphically programmable blocks.

The release also includes updates to the LabVIEW Real-Time Module, LabVIEW FPGA Module, LabVIEW PDA Module and LabVIEW Datalogging and Supervisory Control Module.

"LabVIEW 8 is a critical evolution in what we call the LabVIEW platform. It is the first version of LabVIEW that can seamlessly target an intelligent target remotely. And it can do it without you having to program that behavior," stressed Gokhale. "In the evolution of LabVIEW, I think it is a very critical step. Is it the end of LabVIEW? No. There are a lot of work we feel we can do in this area of distributed intelligence."

LabVIEW 8 is offered in multiple languages, including French, German, Japanese and, for the first time, Korean. LabVIEW documentation is also offered in simplified Chinese.

- Margarette Teodosio
Electronic Engineering Times-Asia





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