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NI LabVIEW tailored for ARM MCUs

Posted: 22 Apr 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:NI LabVIEW? MCUs? Cortex-M3? microcontroller?

National Instruments and ARM have announced the NI LabVIEW Embedded Module for ARM MCUs, an extension of the LabVIEW graphical system design platform that directly targets the ARM 7, ARM 9 and Cortex-M3 MCU families. The module is said to be the first product in an ongoing collaboration between the companies that combines the ease of use of LabVIEW with the performance of ARM MCUs.

Using the new module, engineers and scientists can create embedded applications in LabVIEW and deploy them to over 260 MCUs created from microprocessor IP licensed by ARM and manufactured by semiconductor companies including Analog Devices, Atmel, Luminary Micro, NXP, Freescale Semiconductor, Intel and Texas Instruments.

Tailor-fit solution
MCUs are integrated microprocessors that include the memory, peripherals and interfaces, as well as the CPU, on a single chip, making them a cost-effective solution for embedded systems and suitable for control and interrupt-driven applications that require a real-time response to stimulus. ARM MCUs are deployed in a wide range of applications, from popular consumer goods such as the Garmin Nuvi portable navigation device to industrial and medical applications such as the BIAC portable muscle stimulator.

The LabVIEW Embedded Module for ARM MCUs features LabVIEW drivers that make it possible for domain experts to graphically program all components of the ARM microcontroller including the analog and digital I/O. The module also features desktop simulation capabilities so that users can run the programs they develop for an ARM MCU on a desktop PC without any additional hardware. Engineers and scientists can use the desktop simulation with NI Multisim, the interactive Spice simulation and circuit analysis software, to simulate the entire signal design chain for a truly comprehensive embedded system design simulation environment.

"The intuitive, graphical design capabilities of LabVIEW make it an ideal platform for developers with limited C/C++ programming experience who need to develop applications around ARM processor-based microcontrollers," said Reinhard Keil, director of MCU Tools at ARM. "Additionally, for the more experienced developer, it provides a faster and more streamlined approach to programming."

New features
Other new features of the LabVIEW Embedded Module for ARM MCUs include a project wizard that automates configuration and overall setup to help users establish projects quickly as well as an interrupt manager that simplifies interrupt-driven programming by setting up LabVIEW code to run when specific hardware interrupts occur. In addition to the software, National Instruments offers a development kit that includes a choice of an MCB2370 evaluation board with an ARM 7 family-based NXP processor or a Stellaris LM3S8962 with a Cortex-M3 processor-based Luminary Micro processor.

The NI LabVIEW Embedded Module for ARM MCUs sells for $8,999.

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