National Instruments and Tektronix Collaborate to Deliver Design Productivity

7/31/2002 - National Instruments (NASDAQ: NATI), a leader in virtual instrumentation software, and Tektronix (NYSE: TEK), the leading manufacturer of oscilloscopes, today announced a cooperative effort that maximizes design engineer productivity by delivering NI LabVIEW software preinstalled on the Tektronix open Windows oscilloscopes. Beginning in September, Tektronix open Windows oscilloscopes will include ready-to-run applications of NI LabVIEW graphical development environment optimized for the oscilloscope as well as a fully functional evaluation version of the software.

This initiative combines the strength of Tektronix oscilloscopes in taking high-precision measurements with the advanced analysis and automation capabilities of LabVIEW. Engineers and scientists using the LabVIEW-enabled oscilloscopes can now more quickly solve design challenges and efficiently automate tests.

"Through this initiative, National Instruments and Tektronix deliver an unmatched solution for design engineers," said Colin Shepard, Vice President, Oscilloscope Products, Tektronix. "By aligning ourselves with industry leaders, such as NI, we help engineers perform sophisticated analysis of their designs and develop custom applications using LabVIEW software and our open Windows oscilloscopes."

By using the LabVIEW-enabled open Windows oscilloscopes, engineers and scientists will be able to fully customize their test and measurement applications for increased productivity in industries ranging from consumer electronics to biomedical research. A variety of prebuilt sample programs will also help users quickly develop their own custom solutions.

"The tight integration of the open Windows platform of Tektronix' oscilloscopes and the flexibility of LabVIEW allows design engineers to more quickly acquire, analyze, and present their data on the scope or across a network," said John Graff, Vice President of Marketing, National Instruments. "By streamlining their design time and reusing measurements throughout the design validation and manufacturing test phases of the development cycle, they can immediately lower development costs and reduce time to market."

The evaluation version of LabVIEW is a fully functional version of the full graphical development environment. Customers can purchase the LabVIEW full development system, including the specialized oscilloscope examples, directly from NI.

For more information about the cooperative initiative between NI and Tektronix, visit NI and Tektronix will demonstrate the new LabVIEW-enabled oscilloscopes on August 14 at NIWeek 2002 -- the worldwide conference on virtual instrumentation in Austin, Texas.

About National Instruments
National Instruments leverages commercial technologies, such as industry-standard computers and the Internet, to deliver customer-defined measurement and automation solutions. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 2,900 employees and direct operations in 37 countries. NI increases the productivity of engineers and scientists worldwide by delivering easy-to-integrate software and modular hardware. 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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About Tektronix
Tektronix, Inc. is a test, measurement and monitoring company providing measurement solutions to the communications, computer and semiconductor industries worldwide. With more than 55 years of experience, Tektronix enables its customers to design, build, deploy and manage next-generation global communications networks, computing and advanced technologies. Headquartered in Beaverton, Ore., Tektronix has operations in over 20 countries worldwide. Tektronix' Web address is

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