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LabVIEW 8.5 works with Blackfin, ColdFire processors

Posted: 24 Sep 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:graphical system design platform? embedded design? 32bit processors?

LabVIEW 8.5

National Instruments has announced the extension of the LabVIEW 8.5 graphical system design platform to new embedded targets with the release of the LabVIEW Embedded Module for ADI Blackfin Processors 2.5 and the LabVIEW Microprocessor SDK (Software Development Kit) 2.5.

With a graphical system design approach, engineers and scientists can use LabVIEW to rapidly design and prototype their embedded systems and easily deploy them to targets such as 32bit processors and FPGAs. The latest versions of the LabVIEW Embedded Module for Blackfin Processors and the LabVIEW Microprocessor SDK expand the available deployment options for engineers by adding support for Blackfin processors and the Freescale ColdFire processor. The software packages also deliver 18 percent increased efficiency in code generation.

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The LabVIEW Embedded Module for Blackfin Processors seamlessly integrates LabVIEW 8.5 and ADI VisualDSP++ 5.0 to deliver an out-of-the-box embedded programming experience. The combination of the LabVIEW graphical development environment and high-performance, low-power Blackfin processors helps engineers rapidly develop sophisticated embedded systems ranging from cutting-edge medical devices to subsea monitoring systems while optimizing costs and shortening time to market.

The latest version of the LabVIEW Embedded Module for Blackfin Processors adds support for the ADSP-BF54X family of processors, which provide on-chip peripheral interfaces for several user interface elements such as a keypad, scroll wheel and touch panel display. The LabVIEW Embedded Module for Blackfin Processors 2.5 further simplifies embedded system development by introducing a drag-and-drop interface to help engineers easily access Blackfin peripherals, significantly decreasing the time required to incorporate I/O into applications. Additionally, the module adds new drivers for digital I/O, counters and timers, interrupts and a real-time clock.

With the LabVIEW Microprocessor SDK, engineers can develop and deploy LabVIEW code to any 32bit embedded processor. Using the latest version of the software package, they now can target the Freescale ColdFire processor with the uClinux embedded operating system in addition to the previously supported processor architectures of ARM7, TI c6000, PowerPC, x86 and XScale. The LabVIEW Microprocessor SDK 2.5 also adds a background TCP/IP debugging capability that makes it easy for engineers to debug their applications while maintaining real-time performance.

Both the LabVIEW Embedded Module for Blackfin Processors 2.5 and the LabVIEW Microprocessor SDK 2.5 are compatible with the recently introduced LabVIEW Statechart Module, which provides engineers with a high level of abstraction for designing applications using states, transitions and events. By combining the LabVIEW Statechart Module with the latest versions of the LabVIEW Embedded Module for ADI Blackfin Processors and LabVIEW Microprocessor SDK, engineers easily can build applications with statecharts and deploy them to embedded processors.

The LabVIEW Embedded Module for ADI Blackfin Processors 2.5 is priced from $7,199 while the LabVIEW Microprocessor SDK 2.5 is priced from $9,995.




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