LONDON LabVIEW version 8.6 from National Instruments Corp. (Austin, Texas) adds techniques to improve design with multicore processors, field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and wireless communication.
LabVIEW now provides engineers with 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.
To increase performance, LabVIEW 8.6 includes more than 1,200 newly-optimized advanced analysis functions that offer faster, enhanced math and signal processing on multicore systems for control and test applications. Vision applications also can benefit from multicore systems by using innovative image processing functions included in the NI Vision Development Module for LabVIEW 8.6 that automatically distributes data sets across multiple cores.
Using multicore features, test engineers can develop applications to test wireless devices up to four times faster with the latest version of the NI Modulation Toolkit for LabVIEW and control system engineers can execute simulation models in parallel up to five times faster with the LabVIEW 8.6 Control Design and Simulation Module.
Identification of parallel sections of code are eased thriugh a feature that reorganises LabVIEW diagrams.
The LabVIEW FPGA Module can be used with FPGA-based commercial off-the-shelf hardware such as NI CompactRIO to customize measurement and control systems for increased performance in applications such as semiconductor validation and advanced machine control.
LabVIEW 8.6 enables the programing of CompactRIO programmable automation controllers (PACs) directly without having to separately program the FPGA. Additional simulation features reduce the number of time-consuming compilations by validating an FPGA application on the desktop.
Version 8.6 adds IP development and integration features including the a 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 and the new Component-Level IP (CLIP) Node to ease import of existing or third-party IP into LabVIEW FPGA.
With support for the latest wireless data acquisition devices and drivers for more than 20 third-party wireless sensors, LabVIEW 8.6 simplifies programming of distributed measurement systems with a single software platform. Engineers can now configure data acquisition applications to use NI Wi-Fi data acquisition (DAQ) hardware without making code changes in LabVIEW 8.6. New 3-D visualisation tools in LabVIEW 8.6 help engineers integrate remote measurements with design models to accelerate design validation.