NI LabVIEW 7 Express Receives Product of Year Honor from Design News

12/18/2003 - National Instruments announced that Design News has awarded LabVIEW 7 Express the Product of the Year award for Test, Measurement and Control. A culmination of four years of engineering effort, LabVIEW 7 Express is a major upgrade to the family of LabVIEW graphical development products and dramatically simplifies the creation of measurement and automation applications.

"The design process of LabVIEW 7 Express has led to features that will simplify the development of complex virtual instruments for experts, yet ease the use of this product for novices," said Raul G. Longoria, associate professor at The University of Texas at Austin and one of the four judges for Design News Product of the Year. "It is not difficult to imagine that a chemist or biologist will find as much innovation and renewed capacity for designing test, measurement and control applications in LabVIEW 7 Express as will a control process engineer."

Engineers and scientists use LabVIEW 7 Express in industries ranging from automotive to aerospace, electronics to life science and communications to academic research. This new version offers advanced functionality that makes cutting-edge technology accessible to every engineer, regardless of programming experience, and significantly improves the productivity and performance of engineers and scientists worldwide.

"We are delighted that Design News has recognized the more than 300 engineering years that have gone in to developing LabVIEW 7 Express and the significant impact it makes on the test, measurement and control industries," said Norma Dorst, NI software marketing manager. "LabVIEW 7 Express delivers innovative features such as configuration-based Express VIs and interactive measurement assistants to give engineers the flexibility and scalability of a fully featured, compiled programming language without requiring extensive experience in computer science."

LabVIEW 7 Express includes 38 powerful Express VIs (virtual instruments) to streamline development tasks including data acquisition, signal analysis and file I/O. By reducing the complexity of programming measurement tasks, users can focus on their projects rather than the tools needed to complete them. In addition, because engineers can easily extend LabVIEW 7 Express to PCs, laptops, industrial computers, embedded computers, handheld PDAs, distributed real-time systems and even FPGAs, they can take advantage of a consistent development environment regardless of their hardware.

The two new interactive measurement assistants for data acquisition and instrument control included in LabVIEW 7 Express make taking measurements and obtaining meaningful information from them easier and faster than ever before. For computer-based data acquisition systems, the DAQ Assistant configures and defines sophisticated data acquisition tasks with the ease of a few mouse clicks. For GPIB, serial, VXI and other traditional stand-alone instruments, the Instrument I/O Assistant interactively prototypes instrument control systems, helping engineers and scientists take quick measurements and even develop simple instrument drivers.

As winner of Product of the Year in Test, Measurement and Control, LabVIEW 7 Express moves on as a finalist in the overall competition for Best Product of 2003. Design News subscribers will vote for the overall best product and the winner will be featured in the February 23, 2004 "Engineering Awards" issue of the magazine. Design News, in print for more than 50 years, has a circulation of more than 170,000 and covers the latest tools, components and materials used in mechanical and electromechanical design. For more information on Design News, visit

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. Readers may obtain investment information from the company’s investor relations department at (512) 683-5090, by sending e-mail to or on the Web at

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