National Instruments, Electronics Workbench Deliver New Circuit Design Educational Tools

2/26/2003 - National Instruments, a global leader in virtual instrumentation software and hardware, and Electronics Workbench, a leader in desktop electronic design automation software, announced a collaborative effort that enriches the laboratory experience in electronics technology education and electrical engineering education. The companies have developed the Multisim VI Library, a series of integrated sample labs linked by a seamless interface between National Instruments LabVIEW graphical development environment and Electronics Workbench Multisim circuit simulation software. With the Multisim VI Library, educators and students now can more easily design, simulate, measure and test electronic circuits in an integrated software and hardware environment.

National Instruments (NI) LabVIEW is a graphical development environment that helps engineers and scientists quickly build data acquisition, instrumentation and control systems that increase productivity and save development time. Users build a graphical program called a virtual instrument (VI) instead of writing text-based programs. Electronics Workbench's (EWB) Multisim product is the leading educational market circuit simulation software offering unique pedagogical functions, intuitive schematic capture, SPICE/VHDL/Verilog/RF simulation, analysis, and a wide range of related educational resources.

"Industry demands graduates who not only understand electronics and engineering concepts, but also can design circuits and efficiently test them," said Bill Wignall, president of Electronics Workbench. "Our collaboration with National Instruments gives colleges and universities a more integrated and advanced design, development and testing environment. Students can build, experiment and learn about complex circuits of wider scope and flexibility and therefore be better prepared for their engineering careers."

The NI and EWB interface gives educators and students the unique ability to easily exchange data between Multisim and LabVIEW using the Multisim VI Library. They can compare the data from a simulated circuit to real data from a prototype board and analyze the results within one experiment. The Library is based on a core VI that can easily be adapted by instructors to their own experiments. Similar examples that import LabVIEW captured data into Multisim will also soon be available. These new capabilities enable a wider range of learning objectives and lab applications than are possible when using these tools separately.

"Students and practicing engineers commonly use LabVIEW and Multisim to design and test electronic devices," said Ray Almgren, NI vice president of product marketing and academic relations. "This partnership creates a cutting-edge approach to teaching electronics design through easy-to-use, proven software tools."

The Multisim LabVIEW Library can be downloaded from NI's website at (enter exju54) or EWB's website at

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.

About Electronics Workbench
Electronics Workbench develops and markets the industry's best selling desktop electronic design automation (EDA) software used by educators and design engineers around the world. The company's circuit board design system incorporates schematic capture; co-simulation of analog and digital circuits using SPICE, VHDL and Verilog; RF design tools; constraint driven PCB layout and routing; and CAM verification tools. Since 1984, the company has produced products that are highly effective in educational environments, economical, easily integrated into a curriculum and easy to use. Electronics Workbench has sales and support offices in North America and Europe and distribution partners in more than 32 countries around the world. The company can be reached at (800) 263-5552, or at

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