NI updates LabView with improved hardware integration -

NI updates LabView with improved hardware integration

As National Instruments prepares to open the doors of its annual NI Week conference it has unveiled NI LabVIEW 2011, the updated version of its design software.

The company is celebrating the 25th-anniversary of the system design software with features designed to efficiency through new engineering-specific libraries and its ability to interact with almost any hardware device or deployment target, including multicore NI CompactRIO controller and the NI PXIe-5665, RF vector signal analyzers.

It also supports assemblies built in the latest Microsoft.NET Framework and includes a number of features driven directly from user feedback.

“Twenty-five years ago, we created LabVIEW to help engineers focus on innovating instead of wrestling with complicated programming and system integration issues, and today, it has become the ultimate system design software for measurement and control,” said Jeff Kodosky (pictured right), National Instruments Business and Technology Fellow, Cofounder and inventor of LabVIEW.

“With each new version, whether by ensuring integration with the latest hardware, introducing new libraries and APIs or implementing engineer-requested features, our primary objective remains to increase productivity in any engineering situation.”

“We made a decision 25 years ago to base the LabVIEW core programming language on structured data flow. The inherent parallelism of data flow was a natural fit for the acquisition-analysis-presentation problem our customers were solving. When the industry moved to multicore machines, that decision made us look downright prescient.”

“Still today and in the future, LabVIEW is naturally positioned to integrate these next-generation technologies,” added Kodosky, “and many more that engineers and scientists will rely upon to meet the most difficult challenges they face. That being said, we still have a lot of work to do. As our mission is to equip our customers with tools that accelerate their productivity, innovation and discovery, we are excited to see what the future will bring.”

For more from Kodosky on LabView see: The evolution of LabView

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