Mathematica Link for LabVIEW Integrates Design Models and Measurements

8/15/2002 - Wolfram Research and National Instruments announced the availability of Mathematica Link for LabVIEW, a new technical-computing application created by BetterView Consulting. This software bridges National Instruments LabVIEW graphical development environment and Wolfram Research Mathematica technical computing software to help engineers and scientists more easily acquire and analyze measurements throughout all phases of the design process.

Mathematica Link for LabVIEW combines the data acquisition, analysis, and graphical user interface capabilities of LabVIEW and the modeling and analysis algorithms of Mathematica to speed development of custom applications in hundreds of industries, from quantum mechanics to automotive. With this software, engineers can control a LabVIEW application (Virtual Instrument or VI) from Mathematica or access Mathematica from within a LabVIEW VI.

"Using Mathematica Link for LabVIEW, design engineers can easily integrate both NI LabVIEW and Mathematica functionality into product modeling and prototyping in a single development environment," said Ray Almgren, NI Vice President of Product Strategy. "Design engineers can use Mathematica's unique symbolic processing to calculate mathematical models for product designs, while using LabVIEW to compare these designs to real-world data."

Mathematica Link for LabVIEW features built-in, high-level functions for creating a communication path between LabVIEW and Mathematica to achieve seamless integration throughout the design flow, from the first mathematical model to validating the final design. For example, engineers and scientists can easily send numeric computations to the Mathematica kernel and return results to LabVIEW, visualize LabVIEW data using native Mathematica data visualization functions, and create simple, yet flexible simulation and control VIs that take advantage of the symbolic programming capabilities of Mathematica.

"Integrating two leading technical computing systems like Mathematica and LabVIEW brings technical professionals one step closer to having the ideal, start-to-finish work environment," said Conrad Wolfram, Director of Strategic and International Development at Wolfram Research. "With Mathematica Link for LabVIEW, not only can easily acquired data be more comprehensively analyzed, but new vistas open up for programmed report writing and symbolic control of data acquisition."

Mathematica Link for LabVIEW requires Mathematica 4.1 or later and LabVIEW 6i or later, and is available for Windows and Macintosh platforms.

About BetterVIEW Consulting (
BetterVIEW Consulting specializes in LabVIEW programming, integration, and GUI design. Founded in 1997, BetterVIEW offers consulting services and a variety of innovative LabVIEW toolkits designed to save time and dramatically reduce LabVIEW development costs.

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.

About Wolfram Research (
Wolfram Research offers organization-wide technical computing solutions. Led by its flagship product, Mathematica, the company's software is relied on today by nearly two million users worldwide and has been the recipient of many industry awards for technical excellence. Wolfram Research, a privately held company, was founded in 1987 by Stephen Wolfram and is headquartered in Champaign, Illinois, with offices in Europe and Japan.

Mathematica is a registered trademark of Wolfram Research, Inc. Mathematica is not associated with Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. or MathTech, Inc. LabVIEWTM and NITM are trademarks of National Instruments.

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