Austin, Tex. At NIWeek, National Instruments has launched the latest version of its graphical system design software platform for control, test and embedded system development. LabVIEW 8.6 delivers new tools that help engineers and scientists to take advantage of multicore processors, FPGAs and wireless communication.
Designed for parallel programming, LabVIEW 8.6 provides a single platform to increase test and control system throughput with multicore processors; reduce the development time of high-performance FPGA-based advanced control and embedded prototyping applications, and more easily create distributed measurement systems to acquire data remotely.
Expanding on the built-in multithreading technology of the LabVIEW platform, LabVIEW 8.6 offers supercomputing performance through multicore-optimized features, which can help engineers process increasing amounts of measurement data. LabVIEW 8.6 includes more than 1,200 advanced analysis functions optimized for faster math and signal processing on multicore systems for control and test applications.
In addition, LabVIEW 8.6 continues to make FPGAs more accessible to domain experts without experience in low-level hardware description languages or board-level design. LabVIEW 8.6 reduces FPGA-based development time with new features that engineers can use to program CompactRIO programmable automation controllers (PACs) directly without having to separately program the FPGA. New simulation features reduce the number of time-consuming compilations by validating an FPGA application on the desktop.
LabVIEW 8.6 also offers new IP development and integration features including the new fast Fourier transform (FFT) IP core to offload spectral analysis functions, which increases the performance in applications such as machine condition monitoring and RF test. Engineers can import existing or third-party IP into LabVIEW FPGA using the new component-level IP (CLIP) node.
Other new features include the capability to acquire and analyze data from remote systems with wireless technology and to interact with LabVIEW applications using any web-enabled device.
Pricing: LabVIEW 8.6 is priced from $1,199.
Product information: LabVIEW 8.6
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