Video: NI LabVIEW 2009 Targets Emerging Applications With New Technologies

    New Version of Software Simplifies Parallel Programming, Distributed
    Wireless Sensor Networks, RF Testing and Real-Time Math to Empower

    AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 3, 2009 /CNW/ -- National Instruments (Nasdaq:   NATI)
today announced LabVIEW 2009, the latest version of the graphical system
design software platform for control, test and embedded system development.
LabVIEW 2009 simplifies the development challenges of parallel hardware
architectures with new virtualization technology that takes advantage of
multicore systems as well as by offering new compiler improvements and IP that
enhance field-programmable gate array (FPGA) design. The latest version of
LabVIEW makes it possible to deploy code to wireless sensor networks to help
engineers and scientists build smarter industrial measurement and monitoring
systems and features new solutions for testing multiple wireless standards
such as WLAN, WiMAX, GPS and MIMO systems on a single hardware platform. In
addition, LabVIEW 2009 simplifies real-time math by streamlining mathematical
algorithm design and deployment to real-time hardware.

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    "In today's challenging economic climate, engineers and scientists are
being asked to complete their projects with fewer resources and in less time,"
said Dr. James Truchard, president, CEO and cofounder of National Instruments.
"With new opportunities emerging from investments in infrastructure,
environmental monitoring, medical research and device design and test, we
focused our LabVIEW 2009 development to harness key technologies such as
multicore, FPGA design, wireless platforms and real-time math to empower
innovation in these areas."

    Improve Parallel System Design

    Virtualization technology makes it possible to run multiple operating
systems side by side on the same multicore processing hardware to build more
efficient systems. New NI Real-Time Hypervisor software combines the power of
the LabVIEW Real-Time Module with general-purpose OS capabilities to reduce
overall system cost and size. Using this software, engineers and scientists
can run Windows XP and LabVIEW Real-Time side by side on the same controller,
partitioning the processor cores among the two operating systems for more
efficient use of system resources. The Real-Time Hypervisor works with dual-
and quad-core NI PXI controllers as well as the NI Industrial Controller.

    While virtualization provides a new way to design parallel systems,
LabVIEW 2009 also delivers enhancements for existing parallel design
technology including multicore programming and FPGA development. LabVIEW 2009
features a new parallel for-loop structure, which automatically divides
iterations of loops across multiple processors to increase the execution speed
of the process. LabVIEW also further simplifies FPGA programming by offering
early compile feedback and critical path highlighting to make early estimates
on FPGA resource usage and better debug timing violations. Additionally, new
streamlined FPGA IP delivers higher-throughput math and signal processing

    Create Smart Wireless Sensor Networks

    Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) make it possible to deploy distributed
measurements across vast physical hardware systems. With WSNs, engineers and
scientists can analyze more effectively everything from rain forests and river
deltas to the health and safety of buildings and bridges. LabVIEW provides the
ability to configure the new NI WSN platform with a drag-and-drop programming
environment for performing analysis as well as extracting and presenting
measurement data. Using the new LabVIEW Wireless Sensor Network Module
Pioneer, engineers and scientists can program the individual NI WSN
measurement nodes to extend node battery life, increase acquisition
performance and create custom sensor interfaces.

    Test More Wireless Devices and Standards

    With software-defined instrumentation using LabVIEW, engineers and
scientists can implement the same measurement platform to acquire and analyze
any modulation scheme or protocol standard rather than using dedicated box
instruments for specific protocols. The new NI WLAN Measurement Suite for
LabVIEW guarantees compliance with IEEE 802.11 a/b/g standards and performs
measurements more than five times faster than traditional box instruments. In
addition to the WLAN Measurement Suite, the WiMAX, GPS and MIMO solutions for
LabVIEW provide the ability to test more wireless standards with NI modular

    Deploy Real-Time Math

    LabVIEW features built-in math libraries that contain more than 1,000
functions ranging from low-level, point-by-point signal processing to
high-level, configuration-based implementations, all of which easily can be
deployed to real-time embedded devices. With the LabVIEW MathScript RT Module,
LabVIEW 2009 further expands access to real-time math, which is the
implementation and deployment of mathematical algorithms to deterministic
operating systems, for engineers and scientists using text-based math tools.
The module also provides engineers and scientists the ability to incorporate
their own existing .m files using interactive user interfaces and real-world
I/O and easily deploy them to real-time hardware for faster system
prototyping. By simplifying the process of deploying mathematical algorithms
to real-time embedded hardware, LabVIEW 2009 can help medical device
designers, machine builders and autonomous system designers shorten product
time to market.

    Additionally, NI is adopting an annual release cycle for LabVIEW, with
version names based on the year of release. The annual release cycle
solidifies the schedule, stability and feature scope of each new release to
provide an easy upgrade process for customers.

    Readers interested in learning more about LabVIEW 2009 and downloading
the evaluation software can visit Members of the
LabVIEW service maintenance and support program will receive LabVIEW 2009
automatically in the mail or can download the new version from the NI 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 30,000 different companies worldwide, with no one customer
representing more than 3 percent of revenue and no one industry representing
more than 15 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more
than 5,000 employees and direct operations in more than 40 countries. For the
past 10 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 (NATI-G)

    Pricing and Contact Information
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    Editor Contact: Hilary Marchbanks, (512) 683-5937
    Reader Contact: Ernest Martinez, (800) 258-7022


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