National Instruments Simplifies Measurements With LabVIEW SignalExpress

    Interactive Software Delivers Out-of-the-Box Solution for Data Logging,
Benchtop Measurements and Academic Instruction

    AUSTIN, TEXAS, March 5 /CNW/ - National Instruments (Nasdaq:  NATI) today
announced the extension of the National Instruments LabVIEW graphical system
design platform with the release of LabVIEW SignalExpress, interactive
measurement software which simplifies data logging, instrument control and
academic instruction. Built on the basic measurement, analysis and reporting
capabilities of NI LabVIEW graphical programming, LabVIEW SignalExpress
delivers an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop experience for controlling hundreds of
measurement devices.

    "National Instruments developed LabVIEW to give engineers and scientists
a way to create user-defined applications for automating their measurements,"
said Jeff Kodosky, creator of LabVIEW as well as the co-founder and business
fellow at National Instruments. "Now, with the addition of LabVIEW
SignalExpress to the LabVIEW family, we are further simplifying the most
common measurement tasks for our users while providing a simple path to the
full power of the complete LabVIEW platform."

    Create Data-Logging Systems Quickly

    Engineers and scientists frequently build data-logging systems to acquire
and store measurement data to disk or a database. Using a few mouse clicks in
LabVIEW SignalExpress, engineers and scientists quickly can acquire live
measurements, log their data to a disk and export the data to a spreadsheet
application, such as Microsoft Excel. LabVIEW SignalExpress also provides
data-logging features such as alarm monitoring and condition logging. In
addition, because the software is based on LabVIEW Express technology,
engineers can generate LabVIEW graphical programming code with a single mouse
click to extend their applications with original user interfaces or add custom
logic for more advanced data-logging applications.

    LabVIEW SignalExpress provides one-click, plug-and-play setup with the NI
CompactDAQ USB-based modular data acquisition system and works with more than
270 data acquisition devices. NI CompactDAQ, with more than 30 modules, makes
it easy for users to incorporate many measurements such as RTD, current I/O,
high-density digital I/O, high-speed analog I/O and high-accuracy analog I/O.
The combination of the NI CompactDAQ USB plug-and-play platform and LabVIEW
SignalExpress delivers a complete, easy-to-use data-logging solution that can
dramatically reduce setup and measurement time.

    Increase Measurement Productivity on the Benchtop

    Using benchtop instruments for performing repetitive measurements or
using multiple instruments for tests such as stimulus-response measurements
often involves the manual and tedious task of adjusting knobs and buttons on
an instrument. With LabVIEW SignalExpress, engineers easily can automate the
acquisition, analysis and storage of data from more than 400 modular and
stand-alone instruments. Engineers can save valuable hours of lab time by
using LabVIEW SignalExpress to automate many common measurement tasks such as
circuit characterization, frequency sweeping and data logging.

    Engineers can further improve their measurement productivity by using
more than 200 analysis and processing functions in LabVIEW SignalExpress,
including frequency, time and statistical analysis, to analyze their data as
they acquire it. By analyzing the data in real time during the acquisition
process, engineers can identify measurement and design errors earlier and
quickly make modifications, reducing the need to retake measurements.
Engineers then can reuse their measurements on the production floor by
automatically generating LabVIEW graphical code from LabVIEW SignalExpress.

    Improve Learning by Combining Real-World Data With Theory

    A significant challenge engineering professors face is how to help their
students understand the real-world implications of theories learned in the
classroom. The interactive LabVIEW SignalExpress environment helps students
quickly visualize those theories and better understand their real-world
applications. Using LabVIEW SignalExpress, engineering professors can give
their students the hands-on practice of acquiring and analyzing measurement
data in the classroom or the lab without having to teach them programming

    Engineering students also can import simulation data from a wide variety
of simulation packages such as National Instruments Multisim, the widely used
interactive SPICE simulation and circuit analysis software, into LabVIEW
SignalExpress for comparison with real-world data. By combining the powerful
circuit capture and simulation features in NI Multisim with the measurement
capabilities of LabVIEW SignalExpress, engineering students can easily compare
simulations and real-world data, resulting in fewer design iterations and
higher-quality results.

    Readers can view LabVIEW SignalExpress demonstrations and get technical
information by visiting Readers also can download
LabVIEW SignalExpress LE, a limited version of the software, for free by

    About National Instruments

    National Instruments ( 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 4,000 employees and direct operations in nearly 40 countries. For the
past eight 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 or visiting

    Pricing and Contact Information

    NI LabVIEW SignalExpress                11500 N. Mopac Expwy., Austin,
                                             Texas 78759-3504
    Priced from $699; EUR 720; Yen 98,000   Tel: 800-258-7022
                                            Fax: 512-683-9300
    Web:           E-mail:

    LabVIEW, Multisim, National Instruments, NI,, NI CompactDAQ and
SignalExpress are trademarks of National Instruments. Other product and
company names listed are trademarks or trade names of their respective


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For further information: National Instruments, Austin Editor Contact:
Julia Betts, 512-683-8165 or Reader Contact: Ernest Martinez, 800-258-7022

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