National Instruments Offers Free Open Source Software for Data Acquisition

11/22/2002 - The new National Instruments Measurement Hardware Driver Development Kit (DDK) gives experienced programmers the tools they need to build DAQ applications for practically any operating system.

The Measurement Hardware DDK, which can be downloaded online free of charge, makes it easier to perform register-level programming using operating systems including Linux, Windows CE/Pocket PC, QNX, and LabVIEW Real-Time by removing common difficulties such as windowed accesses, register sizes, strobed bits, and register soft copies. By providing support for more operating systems, programmers can use the Measurement Hardware DDK to develop multiple applications including handheld PCMCIA DAQ, Linux-based DAQ, and custom real-time control.

Because it is designed for experienced device-level programmers, the Measurement Hardware DDK is only supported online with discussion forums, downloadable examples, and register-level programming manuals. Programmers creating Original Equipment Manufacturer-type (OEM) systems can use this new toolkit with many NI hardware devices, including E Series multifunction DAQ, analog output, digital I/O, and counter/timers. With the Measurement Hardware DDK, OEM customers can easily amortize the time and expense of register-level programming across many systems.

About National Instruments
For more than 26 years, National Instruments has revolutionized the way engineers and scientists work by delivering virtual instrumentation solutions built on rapidly advancing commercial technologies, including industry-standard computers and the Internet. NI increases productivity for customers worldwide by delivering easy-to-integrate software, such as the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, and modular hardware, such as PXI modules for data acquisition and instrumentation. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,000 employees and direct operations in 37 countries. In 2001, the company sold products to more than 24,000 different companies in more than 60 countries around the world. For the past three consecutive years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

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