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Multicore Association welcomes NI as new member

Posted: 31 Jan 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:multicore standard? LabVIEW? hardware?

National Instruments has joined The Multicore Association, a nonprofit group focused on developing standards that help shorten time-to-market for products that involve multicore implementations.

As a member of the association, NI will collaborate with technology companies including Intel, Freescale Semiconductor and Wind River to improve the interoperability among OS, hardware and software development tools so engineers and scientists can benefit from the performance improvements offered by multicore technology.

"National Instruments has a commanding and diverse knowledge of multicore technology from a software, hardware and OS perspective," said Markus Levy, president of The Multicore Association. "Their experience and leadership in developing products that can take advantage of this technology makes National Instruments a valuable contributor to The Multicore Association's efforts to define the standards for multicore applications."

NI offers more than 30 years of technology know-how to the association as well as significant experience supporting and using multicore technology through products such as the LabVIEW graphical development software. With more than 10 years of investment in multithreading technology, LabVIEW simplifies multicore and FPGA-based application development with its parallel dataflow language. LabVIEW also delivers symmetric multiprocessing with the LabVIEW Real-Time environment, making it possible for users to gain performance from multicore processors without sacrificing determinism. Additionally, NI incorporates multicore processors into several of its hardware offerings including modular instruments available on PXI, PXI Express, PCI, PCI Express and PCMCIA platforms for increased performance.

"The change to multicore programming is as revolutionary as the transition to object-oriented programming was two decades ago, and LabVIEW is suited for this new challenge," said James Truchard, National Instruments president, CEO and cofounder. "National Instruments already has invested 10 years in the multithreading technology in LabVIEW, and its parallel, dataflow approach is ideal for engineers and scientists building multicore applications."

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