National Instruments Unveils New R&D Center, Honors Founder

12/13/2002 - National Instruments announced its new 379,000-square-foot research and design complex was named the Truchard Design Center in honor of NI CEO and President Dr. James Truchard. Truchard, widely respected for his leadership and contributions to the electronics industry, founded NI in 1976 and has guided the company through more than two decades of consistent innovation and double-digit growth.

"Through the years NI has placed a high priority on innovation and strong investment in R&D. The opening of this R&D center symbolizes our continued commitment to innovation," Truchard said. "Today our customers work more productively than ever before using the virtual instrumentation approach. Our success is a direct result of the collaborative environment we offer employees, and with this new, expanded facility we can work more closely than ever before, sharing new ideas and new approaches to measurement and automation."

The Truchard Design Center in Austin serves as the headquarters for the company's R&D efforts in China, Germany, and India. Truchard has led the NI R&D teams to many breakthrough innovations -- from automating instrumentation with the General Purpose Interface Bus (GPIB) to revolutionizing measurement and automation with the industry-leading LabVIEW graphical development environment. Truchard and his management team also have created a winning corporate culture, which FORTUNE magazine has named as one of the 100 best places to work for in America the past three consecutive years. Worth magazine recognized Truchard as one of America's top 50 CEOs and global market consulting firm Frost & Sullivan named him CEO of the year for the test and measurement industry.

The eight-story Truchard Design Center contains numerous amenities specifically designed for the research of cutting-edge computer-based software and hardware tools. More than 600 miles of fiber-optic cable serve workstations throughout the building, and each floor can easily be reconfigured to create more workstations and computer labs. The center's lobby also has a 7-by-18 foot wall that features brass plaques that list each of the 170 technology patents owned by NI.

With completion of the design center, all 2,000 NI employees based in Austin now work at a single campus. NI completed the Truchard Design Center this year as part of a $59-million capital improvement project that also added a 1,400-space parking garage to the company's 72-acre office complex at 11500 Mopac Expressway. Other buildings at the NI campus in Austin include a 232,000-square-foot sales, marketing and customer support building and a 140,000-square-foot manufacturing facility.

The Founding of National Instruments
Truchard and colleagues Jeffrey Kodosky and William Nowlin founded National Instruments in 1976 while working at The University of Texas at Austin to develop software and hardware linking standard computers to specialized laboratory instruments. The first product from National Instruments was the GPIB (IEEE 488) for DEC minicomputers. Today, NI is an industry leader in instrument control and is widely recognized for its award-winning NI LabVIEW graphical development software. With LabVIEW, NI customers can create virtual instruments for measuring pressure, temperature, voltage, and other physical phenomena, as well as for creating sophisticated industrial control algorithms.

Under Truchard's leadership, NI has developed innovative technology that dramatically improves the way engineers and scientists measure the world around them. NI products work in tandem with mainstream, commercially available technologies from companies such as Microsoft, Analog Devices, Intel, and others, resulting in higher performing systems that cost much less and are easier to build than traditional measurement 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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