AWR Corporation, National Instruments and ICON Design Automation will conduct three seminars on high-frequency design. The seminars will include application centric talks and demonstration of AWR’s 2011 software platform, including Microwave Office high-frequency circuit design software, AXIEM 3D planar electromagnetic (EM) analysis software, and Visual System Simulator (VSS) system simulation software. The seminars will take January 17, 18 and 19, 2012 in India.
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 will hold their NI Technical Symposium in 24 cities throughout North America from October to December. The symposiums feature hands-on training, new product demonstrations, technology exhibitions from National Instruments Alliance Partners and presentations from NI engineers and industry professionals. Highlights include hardware-in-the-loop and real-time testing methods, RF vector signal analysis techniques, best practices for using NI LabVIEW system design software and tips for optimizing DC measurements for speed and stability. Registration is complimentary and open to the public.
National Instruments is acquiring AWR for about $58 million, which includes $7 million in cash. The existing AWR management team will continue to lead the company in their current roles, and AWR will operate as a wholly owned NI subsidiary developing and selling RF design software. AWR is a supplier of electronic design automation (EDA) software for designing RF and high-frequency components and systems for the semiconductor, aerospace and defense, communications and test equipment industries.
National Instruments UK & Ireland is offering three interactive webcasts for engineers and scientists. The webinars will share tips for creating a prototype and present tools to save money and achieve a faster, high-quality product to market. The online seminars will take December 7-9th. Each webcast is be presented at 10am and 2pm with attendees having the opportunity to interact directly with the presenter and other attendees. The series will also be available for download on demand from mid December.
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 2010 NI Technical Symposium is a series of free, day-long technical forums that highlight National Instruments technology for improving system performance and productivity. The symposium features technical sessions, hands-on tutorials. and product demonstrations. The event will take place from September to December in 27 cities in the United States and Canada. National Instruments Alliance Partners, local field engineering teams, and third-party exhibitors also will be at the event to provide information on embedded design, control and test.
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.
National Instruments announced the NI WLAN Measurement Suite 2.0 for IEEE 802.11n wireless LAN (WLAN) testing. The NI WLAN Measurement Suite 2.0 includes enhanced software toolkits for IEEE 802.11n WLAN signal generation and analysis. The suite integrates with NI 6.6 GHz PXI Express multichannel RF signal generators and analyzers to deliver true, phase-coherent multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) RF measurements required for IEEE 802.11n WLAN testing. The NI WLAN Measurement Suite for IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n is priced at $5,999 (euro 5,499; 840,000 yen).
The Automated Test Outlook, from National Instruments, is a comprehensive view of key technologies and methodologies impacting the test and measurement industry. In the report, NI shares their research into innovations and technologies shaping today’s test and measurement applications. National Instruments structured the Automated Test Outlook report into five categories. In each of the categories, NI highlight a major trend that they believe will significantly influence automated test in the coming one to three years.