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Software targets ANSI C development

Posted: 17 Aug 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ANSI C? test applications? controlling instruments?

National Instruments Inc. has released the LabWindows/CVI 2010 Service Pack 1 for increased stability and reliability.

LabWindows/CVI targets ANSI C programmers in the test, measurement and control industries who are developing software to interface with hardware for collecting, analyzing and presenting data or controlling instruments. The service pack upgrade includes bug fixes and improved stability for LabWindows/CVI 2010. The release is an exclusive update for members of the NI Standard Service and Volume License programs and is downloadable now from the company's website.

LabWindows/CVI is an integrated ANSI C development environment tailored to building test and control applications. The intuitive, self-documenting CVI GUI designer and source code editor give programmers efficient tools for project-style application development, NI said. CVI delivers debugging capabilities such as memory leak detection tools and the ability to attach to a preexisting process to debug running applications, the company added.

For added debugging ability and code performance optimization, programmers can use the NI LabWindows/CVI Execution Profiler toolkit, which offers run-time profiling by gathering and graphing execution timing data of functions and threads to identify bottlenecks. Programmers also can take advantage of field-programmable gate array (FPGA) technologies by using the FPGA-Interface C API in LabWindows/CVI to create an ANSI C host application that communicates with running FPGA code.

The LabWindows/CVI includes deployment build tools to create customized, patchable deployments that target all the latest versions of Windows, Linux and Pharlap Real-Time OS. In addition to being a fully integrated environment, CVI is shipped with hardware configuration assistants as well as built-in measurement and analysis libraries. With tight hardware integration, programmers can drag and drop driver API functions into their code, making it easy to create applications for instrument control and hardware I/O.

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