National Instruments Acquires MATRIXx Simulation and Control Software

2/21/2003 - National Instruments acquired the MATRIXx product line, an integrated set of software tools for control design and simulation of dynamic systems. Companies including Lockheed Martin, Volvo, NASA and Boeing use the software for applications such as developing aerospace flight controllers and simulators and building automotive engine and brake control systems.

"Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company has used the MATRIXx toolset extensively in the development of flight critical application software," said Dave Bodden, technical fellow at Lockheed Martin. "We successfully used MATRIXx to synthesize, analyze and autocode the flight control algorithms for the X35 Joint Strike Fighter Concept Demonstrator Aircraft. The flawless operation of the flight control system helped secure the contract win. The continued development and maintenance of the MATRIXx product line will allow us to develop flight critical software applications that meet customer needs with efficient costs."

This acquisition is an important step in National Instruments' long-term strategy to supply engineering development tools for automated measurement and control applications. MATRIXx contains differentiated, leading-edge technology in control design, system modeling and automatic code generation. The company is working with existing customers, systems integrators and industry experts to further enhance the existing product and expand its use into more applications and industries.

"We are committed to the extremely loyal MATRIXx customer community and will provide them with comprehensive, long-term service and support," said Ray Almgren, NI vice president of product marketing. "We are establishing an R&D facility in Mountain View, California, to continue developing this software line, and we are dedicated to providing innovative, unsurpassed dynamic simulation and control software."

Readers can find more information about National Instruments MATRIXx at the company's Web site at and can participate in a moderated forum at NI Developer Zone.

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 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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