Austin, TexasTest-and-measurement house National Instruments (NI) now offers more than 5,000 drivers through a new Web site location it calls its NI Instrument Driver Network .
NI's popular LabVIEW graphical development platform, NI-VISA I/O library, and LabVIEW Plug and Play instrument drivers certified by NI, are on the NI Instrument Driver Network.
Significantly, NI worked with more than 225 vendors to deliver this array of instrument drivers.
Together, these elements ensure seamless integration and connectivity between a PC and stand-alone instrumentation, such as Ethernet/LAN, IEEE-488/GPIB (General Purpose Interface Bus), and USB (Universal Serial Bus) instruments.
With source code availability and a standard programming model, LabVIEW Plug and Play instrument drivers give you the ability to add instruments to a test system without learning new communication protocols or programming paradigms.
In addition to increasing connectivity via the Instrument Driver Network, NI has added instrument driver tools to LabVIEW 8 . These tools are expected to further reduce development time and improve code quality.
New features include an Instrument Driver Finder . It helps you search and download drivers from the Instrument Driver Network within the LabVIEW environment. Another feature is project-style instrument drivers that improve code management and driver protection.
Generate Documented Drivers
You also get an Instrument Driver Wizard . It helps automatically generate fully documented instrument drivers based on the industry-defined SCPI (Standard Commands for Programmable Instrumentation) protocol. NI contends the SCPI wizard can reduce instrument driver development time by up to 25%.
Another new feature is the LabVIEW Instrument Driver VI Analyzer Toolkit Plug-In . It lets you compare your drivers to the LabVIEW instrument driver certification guidelines via a set of automated tests.
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