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NI LabVIEW toolkit's real-time feature cuts design time

Posted: 04 Apr 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:National Instruments? LabVIEW? Control Design Toolkit?

National Instruments (NI) has released the latest version of its LabVIEW Control Design Toolkit, a collection of tools and mathematical functions for analyzing, designing and implementing control systems. As a part of the NI LabVIEW graphical system design platform, the Control Design Toolkit delivers features, including high-performance, real-time implementation and advanced Kalman filtering, that help engineers and scientists streamline control system design and final deployment.

According to NI, the new real-time capabilities of the LabVIEW Control Design Toolkit enable engineers to shorten development time by going directly to real-time deployment after they have analyzed and designed their control system. Engineers can use the advanced Kalman filtering to perform estimation and account for noise in systems where some system states cannot be directly measured, added the company.

The new version of the NI LabVIEW Control Design Toolkit accounts for fractional I/O delays, resulting in more accurate models and overall increased closed-loop system performance. The product also integrates seamlessly with the LabVIEW Simulation Module, helping engineers describe nonlinear and continuous systems, and complete the verification of their design processes.

LabVIEW Control Design Toolkit Version 2.1, said NI, is ideal for engineers who model, analyze and design complex, real-world applications such as automotive, aerospace, complex machine control and hardware-in-the-loop. "The advanced Kalman filter capability included in the LabVIEW Control Design Toolkit 2.1 will be extremely useful for developing a real-world navigation system for our unmanned vehicle," said Robert Bishop, chairman and professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics at the University of Texas at Austin, in a statetment.

The NI LabVIEW Control Design Toolkit is an add-on that helps enhance the LabVIEW graphical development environment for sophisticated control applications. It is also included in the LabVIEW Control Design and Simulation Bundle that offers a comprehensive suite of tools for control design engineers.

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