NI Unveils Measurement Studio Instrument Driver .NET Wizard

10/30/2003 - National Instruments new Measurement Studio Instrument Driver .NET Wizard instantly converts existing VXIPlug&Play, IVI or legacy instrument drivers to native Microsoft Visual C# .NET or Visual Basic .NET drivers, protecting time and money invested in existing drivers.

Because few, if any, instrument drivers on the market today are native Microsoft Visual C# .NET or Visual Basic .NET drivers, engineers must either spend extensive amounts of time rewriting existing instrument drivers for compliance or struggle with integrating inflexible, non-native drivers. The Measurement Studio Instrument Driver .NET Wizard instantly converts existing driver functions into .NET Framework methods so engineers can configure and communicate with instruments in seconds, saving and save weeks or months of development time.

"Engineers moving to Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 need the option to easily access their measurement hardware without rewriting their existing instrument drivers," says Prashant Sridharan, senior product manager for the Developer and Platform Evangelism Division at Microsoft Corp. "National Instruments enables test, measurement and automation customers to leverage existing instrument driver investments by using the new Measurement Studio Wizard to generate native Microsoft Visual C# .NET and Visual Basic .NET instrument drivers."

The Measurement Studio Instrument Driver .NET Wizard offers maximum flexibility by generating source code, giving users the freedom to easily modify the resulting Visual C# .NET or Visual Basic .NET instrument driver. Engineers and scientists can add the resulting driver as a public class, private class or .NET Framework assembly. They also can easily locate an existing instrument driver at the NI Instrument Driver Network (www.ni.com/idnet) and then simply use the Measurement Studio Instrument Driver .NET Wizard to generate a Microsoft Visual C# .NET or Visual Basic .NET driver.

"Previously, using instruments in Visual Basic .NET involved writing your own C++ DLL to interface with the instrument, since native Visual Basic .NET functions are not readily available. The Measurement Studio Instrument Driver .NET Wizard automatically creates a set of Visual Basic .NET classes to enable us, with minimal effort, full control over the hardware with no need to delve into DLLs," says Dr. Craig Graham, software engineer with Advanced Analysis and Integration Limited. "It greatly simplifies our .NET test and measurement development and is a huge step forward."

Measurement Studio 7.0 customers can request the Measurement Studio Instrument Driver .NET Wizard at http://digital.ni.com/express.nsf/bycode/exb7fe.

About National Instruments
National Instruments (www.ni.com) is a technology pioneer and leader in virtual instrumentation -- a revolutionary concept that has changed the way engineers and scientists approach measurement and automation. Leveraging the PC and its related technologies, virtual instrumentation increases productivity and lowers costs for customers worldwide through easy-to-integrate software, such as the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, and modular hardware, such as PXI modules for data acquisition, instrument control and machine vision. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,000 employees and direct operations in 40 countries. In 2002, the company sold products to more than 25,000 different companies in more than 80 countries around the world. For the past four consecutive years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America. Readers may obtain investment information from the company’s investor relations department at (512) 683-5090, by sending e-mail to nati@ni.com or on the Web at www.ni.com/nati.

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