NI Establishes LabVIEW Instrument Driver Advisory Board

12/3/2003 - National Instruments announced the establishment of the LabVIEW Instrument Driver Advisory Board to guide the architectural and development standards of instrument connectivity and instrument drivers for NI LabVIEW users. The nine-company advisory board, which includes Flextronics, Philips and Rockwell Collins, supplies and interprets customer feedback to focus on usability, flexibility and performance of LabVIEW instrument drivers.

Because LabVIEW stands as a leading development environment for instrument control, NI and its customers created this advisory board to further investigate industry-leading technology and to ensure LabVIEW instrument drivers provide maximum benefit to the end user. The board also contributes to a larger effort to establish standard LabVIEW drivers as part of the Instrument Driver Developer Program (IDDP), which enables customers to easily integrate LabVIEW applications with a wide variety of instruments using little or no programming. IDDP members use the advisory board standards to submit instrument drivers to the Instrument Driver Network, the industry’s largest source for instrument drivers at, where engineers and scientists can download drivers for more than 2,200 instruments from over 150 different vendors.

"As long-time LabVIEW users, we are eager to be a part of this standards body to help define the future of LabVIEW instrument driver capabilities and corresponding instrument driver features," said David Rosenthal, LabVIEW Instrument Driver Advisory Board member and director of software engineering at Flextronics. "By helping to define these standards, we can ensure that LabVIEW instrument drivers continue to meet our development needs."

The advisory board focuses on native LabVIEW source-code instrument drivers that are easier to use and develop. The advisory board holds regular meetings and conducts quarterly conference calls to create a consistent review process and ensure continuous improvement in LabVIEW instrument connectivity. The board creates consistent driver architectures; publishes high quality, user-focused instrument driver standards; defines new instrument driver development tools; evaluates new technologies including buses and communication protocols and provides driver development guidance to IDDP members based on customer feedback.

About National Instruments
National Instruments ( 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.

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