National Instruments unveiled the NI miniSystems, which are miniaturized versions of real-world systems (such as roll-chassis dynamometers and electrical smart grids). The new lab platforms were developed in collaboration with educational suppliers to bring relevance to math and science theory as students begin to pursue engineering degrees.
National Instruments introduced the NI Vision Development Module 2012. The LabVIEW module helps engineers develop and deploy machine vision applications. The Vision Development Module features hundreds of functions for acquiring images from a multitude of cameras and for processing images by enhancing them, checking for presence, locating features, identifying objects, and measuring parts. The cost of the NI Vision Development Module 2012 starts at $3,699 (€3,549; ¥449,000).
Data Translation rolled out version three of their LV-Link virtual instruments library. LV-Link 3.0 VI library enables National Instruments LabVIEW programmers to access the data acquisition features of DT-Open Layers-compliant USB and PCI devices. The software helps engineers to quickly and easily measure and control analog I/O, digital I/O, quadrature decoders, and counter/timer signals, and stream data at full-speed. LV-Link 3.0 is provided free and can be downloaded now.
AWR has a new application note that explains how EDA tool integration benefits designers of circuits for 3G and 4G wireless systems. The app note describes the benefits of using AWR’s Microwave Office and Visual System Simulator (VSS) high-frequency design software with National Instruments’ LabVIEW signal processing software and virtual instruments. The title of the paper is Using LabVIEW in the AWR Design Environment To Design Complex Circuits for Wireless Applications.
National Instruments launched the NI TestStand 2010, which is a test management software for automated validation and production testing. The NI TestStand 2010 Development System is priced at $3,899 (euro 4,099; 546,000 yen). NI TestStand helps test engineers build a software framework for accelerating the development of test sequences and minimizes the total cost of ownership of maintaining test executive software deployed across many test stations. New features include a Sequence Analyzer, a three-way file diff-and-merge utility, support for new PC technologies and enhanced integration with NI LabVIEW graphical system design software.
The Mentor Graphics SystemVision SVX Client environment for the NI LabVIEW software enables designers to develop test bench against a virtual prototype based upon product’s specifications, and then use the exact same test bench in the NI LabVIEW software on physical prototypes. As a result, test bench development to be done in parallel with system development and prototyping. The combination of SystemVision SVX with LabVIEW provides for continuous product test program development much earlier in the development cycle.
Measurement Computing Corporation (MCC) introduced MCC DAQ Software CD version 6.0 with 64-bit drivers and ULx (Universal Library Extensions) for National Instruments LabVIEW. The ULx for LabVIEW offers easy-to-use support for LabVIEW (versions 8.2.1 and later). The MCC DAQ Software CD version 6.0 is available for download. It ships with most Measurement Computing hardware products.
Signal Forge introduced the SF010 Portable Signal Generator with remote control. The new portable signal generator is designed for use with National Instruments LabView and other automated test environments. The SF1010 Portable Signal Generator supports the SCPI (Standard Commands for Programmable Instruments) interface, which helps test engineers to quickly add the signal generator to most of automated test environments (including Labview, LabWindows/CVI and HP’s VEE). The Signal Forge 1010 Portable Signal Generator with remote control is priced at $985 and is available now.