National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) recently announced NI ELVIS II design and prototyping platform for hands-on, project-based learning. Based on the LabVIEW graphical system design software, NI ELVIS II gives educators 12 new USB plug-and-play instruments and complete integration with Multisim 10.1 software for SPICE simulation to simplify the teaching of circuit design. In addition, educators can use NI ELVIS II with a suite of third-party boards and curriculum resources to teach control design, telecommunications, and microcontroller concepts. NI ELVIS II is priced from $2,665 (€2,349; ¥308,000).
The new NI ELVIS II includes backward compatibility with the previous version, laboratory-friendly features such as USB plug-and-play connectivity and a smaller form factor to simplify setup and lab maintenance. NI ELVIS II also features 12 of the most commonly used instruments in engineering and science laboratories — including an oscilloscope, function generator, variable power supply, and isolated digital multimeter. Because NI ELVIS II is based on LabVIEW, educators easily can customize the 12 instruments or create their own using the provided source code for the instruments.
NI ELVIS II also features complete integration with new Multisim 10.1 software, leading SPICE simulation and schematic capture software. Educators and students can use Multisim 10.1 with NI ELVIS II to seamlessly switch between simulated and acquired data, overlay simulated and measured data in the same instrument and use a single platform when simulating or testing to provide a holistic view of the circuit design process – from designing and prototyping to deployment. Multisim also includes other pedagogically relevant features such as custom in-circuit quizzes and a 3-D NI ELVIS II feature that students can use to wire their circuits on a virtual replica of the system, increasing efficiency in the laboratory.
With an extensive network of plug-in boards from leading vendors in education and industry, educators can use NI ELVIS II to teach a variety of classes, from circuit design, measurement and instrumentation to design, telecommunications and embedded/microcontroller design. Quanser provides three different plants for teaching control design and mechatronics with NI ELVIS II and LabVIEW. Emona Instruments introduced the DATEx telecommunications trainer to teach telecommunications concepts using NI ELVIS II and LabVIEW.