National Instruments Previews LabVIEW for Mac OS X at Macworld San Francisco

1/8/2003 - National Instruments announced it is bringing the award-winning LabVIEW graphical development environment, first created on Mac OS more than 15 years ago, to Apple's new Mac OS X version 10.2 "Jaguar." The preview of LabVIEW for Mac OS X on display this week at Macworld San Francisco also demonstrates how Mac users for the first time can create real-time embedded measurement applications with LabVIEW.

"LabVIEW's revolutionary impact on measurement and automation started on the Mac in 1986, and since that time, we have served a loyal following of LabVIEW users on the Mac platform," said Dr. James Truchard, CEO and President of National Instruments. "We are now bringing our latest LabVIEW innovations to Mac OS X where engineers and scientists can take full advantage of the rock-solid stability of this operating system."

LabVIEW for Mac OS X was created specifically for "Jaguar" and was designed on a Mac using Project Builder, Apple's next generation development environment for building Mac OS X applications. This new version of LabVIEW takes advantage of the Mac OS X UNIX-base to deliver unprecedented performance and leverages advanced features such as true protected memory, preemptive multitasking and advanced memory management.

"National Instruments pioneered automated scientific and engineering measurement using personal computers, and they are now offering their latest and greatest version for Mac OS X first," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "Many of our research, science and engineering customers are going to be thrilled by this news."

With LabVIEW for OS X, scientists and engineers can create applications, or virtual instruments (VIs), for acquiring, analyzing, and presenting a wide range of technical data, including temperature, pressure, vibration, and voltage. Once developed on a Mac, these VIs are easily downloaded via Ethernet to run on a real-time modular instrumentation platform, allowing users to truly create a custom-defined instrument. Applications run independently of the host Mac; so even when the Mac performs other tasks, the LabVIEW applications continue to run without interruption. Typical measurement applications requiring such performance include machine control, process control, and control design and development.

With Mac OS X, LabVIEW diagrams created on the Mac can execute in a parallel manner using the operating system to break complex processes down into multiple threads. LabVIEW for Mac OS X runs on all Mac systems with "Jaguar," and multithreaded LabVIEW applications receive an even larger performance boost when running on Apple Power Mac G4 dual-processor systems where LabVIEW tasks can execute independently between the processors. In addition to faster execution, LabVIEW users on Mac OS X benefit from faster file system performance, the ability to create longer file names, and no fixed memory limits.

Those interested in learning more about developing measurement and automation applications for Jaguar can apply at to participate in a public preview of LabVIEW for Mac OS X. Participants of the preview program receive a free preview copy of LabVIEW for Mac OS X.

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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