Control Design Readers Select NI Data Acquisition Products for Award

12/31/2003 - National Instruments, an industry leader in virtual instrumentation, announced that Control Design readers chose the NI data acquisition product line as the recipient of the magazine’s annual Readers’ Choice Award. NI has won the data acquisition category each year since Control Design created the award two years ago.

"NI data acquisition hardware and software deliver tremendous value by continually decreasing configuration time and development costs through the technologies this product line supports," said John Hanks, NI group manager of measurement products. "These are important issues for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) today, especially in the industrial machine builder community, due to constantly changing automation needs."

National Instruments continues to create innovative software technologies for data acquisition, such as the new NI-DAQmx, that drive down development costs while improving system performance. Through code-generation tools such as the new DAQ Assistant, NI-DAQmx measurement services software reduces development and configuration time, which can make up the largest part of overall measurement costs. NI offers cost-effective data acquisition devices for desktop, portable and networked applications on several buses, including PCI, PXI, PCMCIA, USB and FireWire.

Control Design readers also named National Instruments a service and support leader in the data acquisition field, giving NI a 4.3 on a scale from one to five, with five rated as excellent.

Control Design magazine, which targets the automation information needs of industrial machine builders, surveys more than 12,000 readers each year. In this survey, the magazine asks readers to rank the top companies in 48 hardware and software categories. The vote is considered unaided because participants do not choose from a list of vendors or products but instead write in their choices for the one best company.

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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