NI LabVIEW 8.6 Meets Parallel Programming Challenge to Drive Performance



    New Version of Software Empowers Users to Take Advantage of Multicore,
    FPGA and Wireless Technologies

    AUSTIN, TX, Aug. 4 /CNW/ - NIWeek - National Instruments (Nasdaq:   NATI)
today announced LabVIEW 8.6, the latest version of the graphical system design
software platform for control, test and embedded system development. Building
on the inherent parallel nature of graphical programming, LabVIEW 8.6 delivers
new tools to help engineers and scientists take advantage of the benefits of
multicore processors, field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and wireless
communication.
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    To take advantage of these technologies, engineers currently are forced
to work with multiple tools which are not designed for parallel programming.
By using the latest version of LabVIEW, engineers now have 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 meet the performance and efficiency demands of cutting-edge
applications such as controlling robotic systems, testing wireless devices and
designing hybrid vehicles, users must have the ability to quickly incorporate
the latest technologies such as multicore processors, FPGAs and wireless
communication," said Dr. James Truchard, president, CEO and cofounder of
National Instruments. "LabVIEW offers the shortest path to apply these
technologies using parallel programming while providing users the flexibility
to define their solutions with application-specific optimizations."

    Achieve Supercomputing with Multicore Processors

    The opportunity for breakthrough performance in test and measurement
systems increases as standard systems gain more processing cores. 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 to meet
advanced control application challenges and increase test system throughput.
    To increase performance, 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. Vision applications 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. Also using new
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. Additionally, engineers now can better identify
parallel sections of code using a new feature that reorganizes LabVIEW
diagrams.

    Add FPGA Technology to an Application -- No Digital Design Expertise
    Required

    With the intuitive dataflow paradigm of LabVIEW, engineers can use the
LabVIEW FPGA Module and FPGA-based commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) 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 continues to make FPGAs more accessible
to domain experts without experience in low-level hardware description
languages or board-level design.
    LabVIEW 8.6 further 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. In
addition, 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 easily can import existing or third-party IP into
LabVIEW FPGA using the new component-level IP (CLIP) node.

    Acquire and Analyze Data From Remote Systems With Wireless Technology

    As wireless technology advances, engineers have the opportunity to take
measurements in isolated locations. Using wireless technology with LabVIEW
8.6, engineers can extend applications into new areas of data acquisition,
such as environmental and structural monitoring. The flexibility of LabVIEW
graphical programming and the ubiquity of Wi-Fi network infrastructure make it
easy to incorporate wireless connectivity into new or existing PC-based
measurement and control systems.
    With support for the latest wireless data acquisition devices and drivers
for 22 third-party wireless sensors, LabVIEW 8.6 simplifies programming of
distributed measurement systems with a single software platform. Engineers now
can configure data acquisition applications easily to use NI Wi-Fi data
acquisition (DAQ) hardware without making code changes in LabVIEW 8.6. New 3-D
visualization tools in LabVIEW 8.6 help engineers integrate remote
measurements with design models to accelerate design validation.

    Interact with LabVIEW Applications Using Any Web-Enabled Device

    As constant connectivity between people and systems becomes more
prevalent, engineers are using the Web to interact with systems from any
location on a variety of devices. With LabVIEW 8.6, engineers now can convert
LabVIEW applications into Web services on desktop and real-time hardware that
they can access from any web-enabled device such as smart phones and PCs. With
this feature, engineers can develop remote user interfaces for their LabVIEW
applications using standard web technologies such as HTML, JavaScript and
Flash.
    Readers interested in learning more about LabVIEW 8.6 and downloading the
evaluation software can visit http://www.ni.com/labview86. LabVIEW platform
now comes on DVD for easier installation and includes an evaluation mode for
the entire LabVIEW platform. Members of the LabVIEW service maintenance and
support program will automatically receive LabVIEW 8.6 in the mail or can
download the new version at the Services Resource Center at
http://www.ni.com/src. Readers whose software is part of a company-wide Volume
License Agreement (VLA) should contact their VLA administrators for
installation instructions.

    About National Instruments

    National Instruments (http://www.ni.com) is transforming the way
engineers and scientists design, prototype and deploy systems for measurement,
automation and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf
software such as NI LabVIEW and modular cost-effective hardware and sells to a
broad base of more than 25,000 different companies worldwide, with no one
customer representing more than 3 percent of revenue and no one industry
representing more than 10 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas,
NI has more than 4,800 employees and direct operations in nearly 40 countries.
For the past nine years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best
companies to work for in America. Readers can obtain investment information
from the company's investor relations department by calling (512) 683-5090,
e-mailing nati@ni.com or visiting http://www.ni.com/nati.

    Pricing and Contact Information
    LabVIEW 8.6 priced(*) from $1,199; euro 1,149; 170,000 yen
    Web: http://www.ni.com/labview86

    (*) All prices are subject to change without notice.

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For further information: Editor Contact, Julia Betts, (512) 683-8165; or
Reader Contact, Ernest Martinez, 1-800-258-7022, both of National Instruments

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