LabWindows/CVI v8.1 boosts cross-platform communication - Embedded.com

LabWindows/CVI v8.1 boosts cross-platform communication

Austin, Texas—Easing communication to distributed Windows and realtime targets, National Instruments (NI) announces LabWindows/CVI 8.1 . It's the latest version of NI's ANSI C integrated development environment for test-and-measurement and control applications.

In use, LabWindows/CVI gives you an interface for communicating between local or distributed LabWindows/CVI applications, as well as a single toolchain to control and communicate with realtime targets. It's priced starting at less than $1200.

Distributed Communication And Control

LabWindows/CVI 8.1 features distributed communication and control tools to help maximize productivity. Using the new Network Variable Library , for example, you can publish and share live measurement data between test systems located on the factory floor and remote supervisory machines. You can do this without the complexity of low-level TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) programming. That can ease the way to designing and managing large applications that publish measurement data.

The network variables in LabWindows/CVI 8.1 also give you the option to remotely monitor and control applications developed in NI's popular LabVIEW environment, or Microsoft Visual Studio . In addition, you can use LabWindows/CVI to deploy test and control applications to multiple operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows, Linux , and select realtime operating systems.

Better Realtime Mechanisms

This latest version of LabWindows/CVI also introduces enhanced mechanisms to store and visualize acquired Windows and realtime data. One new feature, the TDM (Technical Data Management) Streaming Library , gives you a method of storing measurement data and descriptors for post analysis and high-speed data streaming.

LabWindows/CVI 8.1 also provides enhancements such as native Windows-style controls, which helps create professional applications similar in appearance to Windows theme-based controls. LabWindows/CVI 8.1 also gives you editable graphs that help you visualize and inspect test and control data.

LabWindows/CVI 8.1 seamlessly integrates with a wide variety of I/O , too, including the NI hardware such as the PXI Express -based PXIe-6259, which we recently reviewed.

You can also use the LabWindows/CVI Real-Time Module to create and deploy reliable and deterministic applications on PC and PXI (P CI Ex tensions for I nstrumentation) dedicated realtime targets.

For more info, contact Ernest Martinez, National Instruments, 11500 No. Mopac Expwy., Austin, Texas 78759-3504. Tel: (800) 258-7022, Fax: (512) 683-9300. E-mail: info@ni.com

National Instruments , 800-258-7022, www.ni.com/cvi

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