NI LabVIEW 8.5 Delivers Power of Multicore Processors to Engineers and Scientists

    Graphical Software Introduces Statechart Design Module, Improves FPGA
Development and Industrial Measurements

    AUSTIN, TEXAS, August 7 /CNW/ - National Instruments (Nasdaq:  NATI) today
announced LabVIEW 8.5, the latest version of the graphical system design
platform for test, control and embedded system development. Building on nearly
10 years of investment in multithreading technology, LabVIEW 8.5 simplifies
multicore as well as FPGA-based application development with its intuitive
parallel dataflow language. As processor manufacturers look to parallel
multicore architectures for performance improvements, LabVIEW 8.5 running on
these new processors can deliver faster test throughput, more efficient
processor-intensive analysis and more reliable real-time systems on dedicated
processor cores. LabVIEW 8.5 also extends the LabVIEW platform further into
embedded and industrial applications with the new statechart design module for
modeling and implementing system behavior as well as new I/O libraries and
analysis functions for industrial monitoring and control.

    "Engineers and scientists depend on continually improving PC processors,
operating systems and bus technologies to drive increased performance in their
measurement and control systems," said Dr. James Truchard, National
Instruments president, CEO and co-founder. "With the shift toward multicore
processors on the PC, LabVIEW programmers benefit from a simplified graphical
approach to multithreading, making it possible for engineers and scientists to
maximize the performance of multicore technology with little to no change to
their applications."

    Graphical Programming for Multicore and FPGA Architectures

    With the adoption of next-generation processors, engineers and scientists
must consider how their software can deliver the potential performance gains
of multicore and FPGA-based systems. With the parallel dataflow language of
LabVIEW, users can easily map their applications to multicore and FPGA
architectures for data streaming, control, analysis and signal processing.
Building on the automatic multithreading capability of earlier versions,
LabVIEW 8.5 scales user applications based on the total available number of
cores and delivers enhanced thread-safe drivers and libraries to improve
throughput for RF, high-speed digital I/O and mixed-signal test applications.

    LabVIEW 8.5 also delivers symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) with the
LabVIEW Real-Time environment where designers of embedded and industrial
systems automatically can load balance tasks across multiple cores without
sacrificing determinism. With the latest version of LabVIEW, users can
manually assign portions of code to specific processor cores to fine-tune
real-time systems or isolate time-critical sections of code on a dedicated
core. To meet the more challenging debugging and code optimization
requirements of real-time multicore development, engineers and scientists can
use the new NI Real-Time Execution Trace Toolkit 2.0 to visually display
timing relationships between sections of their code and the individual threads
and processing cores where the code is executing.

    The inherent parallelism of LabVIEW also makes it an ideal platform for
developing FPGA applications. LabVIEW 8.5 continues to simplify the task of
programming FPGAs with an enhanced FPGA Project Wizard that automates I/O
configuration, IP development and overall setup for common I/O, counter/timer
and encoder applications. Using the FPGA Project Wizard, engineers and
scientists can automate the generation of more complex high-speed DMA data
transfer code. Additionally, LabVIEW 8.5 offers multichannel filtering and PID
control functions commonly needed in machine automation to significantly
reduce FPGA resources for high-channel-count applications.

    New Statechart Module for Advanced System Modeling and Implementation

    Statecharts are commonly used to design state machines to model the
behavior of real-time and embedded systems to depict event occurrences and
responses for digital communication protocols, machine controllers and
system-protection applications. LabVIEW 8.5 adds a new statechart module to
help engineers and scientists design and simulate these event-based systems
using familiar, high-level statechart notations based on the Unified Modeling
Language (UML) standard.

    Because the LabVIEW Statechart Module is based on the LabVIEW graphical
programming language, engineers and scientists have a single platform to
design, prototype and deploy their systems quickly, combining familiar
statechart notation with real-world I/O running on deterministic real-time or
FPGA-based systems.

    Improved Measurement and Control for Machine Builders

    With LabVIEW, engineers and scientists can integrate existing PLC-based
industrial systems with more advanced programmable automation controllers
(PACs), adding high-speed I/O and complex control logic to their industrial
systems. LabVIEW 8.5 adds a wide array of I/O, measurement and display
enhancements for building PAC-based industrial systems including a new library
of OPC drivers that expands industrial connectivity for LabVIEW users, nearly
doubling the number of compatible programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and
industrial devices.

    LabVIEW 8.5 also adds vibration and order tracking measurements and
machine vision algorithms for industrial machine monitoring systems. For
high-channel-count systems, the new multivariable editor makes it easy for
users to quickly and easily configure or edit hundreds of I/O tags using a
simple spreadsheet interface. Additionally, the latest version of LabVIEW
introduces new flexible pipe display tools to simplify the process for
building more realistic industrial user interfaces and an interactive
drag-and-drop approach to tie I/O tags directly to user interface displays
running on Windows CE-based industrial touch panels and handheld PDAs.

    Additional LabVIEW 8.5 features include:

    --  Support for Freescale ColdFire processors and an evaluation bundle
with QNX operating system support

    --  Project file management tools and graphical code merging for
team-based development

    --  Low-level memory management tools for performance optimization

    --  New optimized BLAS linear algebra libraries

    --  Improved edge detection for image processing and optimized algorithms
for various demodulators and channel coding schemes

    --  Control design and simulation enhancements including Model Predictive
Control (MPC) and analytical PID controller design

    --  Improved support of .m file scripts

    Readers interested in learning more about LabVIEW 8.5 and downloading the
evaluation software can visit Members of the National
Instruments LabVIEW service maintenance and support program will receive
LabVIEW 8.5 automatically in the mail or can download the new version at the
Services Resource Center at Readers whose software is part of
a company-wide Volume License Agreement (VLA) should contact their VLA
administrators for special installation instructions.

    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 4,300 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
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    Priced from $1,199; EUR 1,249;    Tel: 800-258-7022, Fax: 512-683-9300
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