National Instruments to Host NIWeek Technology Conference

4/23/2003 - National Instruments announced plans for its ninth annual customer and technology conference. The NIWeek worldwide virtual instrumentation conference kicks off Aug. 13 at the Austin Convention Center for three days of interactive technical sessions, hands-on training, exhibitions and workshops on the latest products and technologies for control design, measurement, automation, manufacturing and test.

The NIWeek 2003 guest keynote speaker is Brian Muirhead, former project manager of the Mars Pathfinder mission and current chief engineer of the Mars Science Laboratory. Muirhead will share his knowledge, experiences and vision of the roles of software and hardware technology in space exploration. He also will discuss applications of NI products in some of his group's most challenging missions.

"For years engineers and scientists like Brian Muirhead have gathered at NIWeek to learn from NI developers and fellow users about how to benefit from standard, affordable computer technology through NI's powerful software and modular hardware," said Dr. James Truchard, president, co-founder and CEO of NI. "The dramatic cost savings and productivity gains of virtual instrumentation help our customers meet tight time and budget requirements in applications that span entire product lifecycles -- from design to manufacturing."

NIWeek 2003 features more than 140 unique technical sessions from NI developers and other industry experts. This year, the conference features technical presentations from companies such as Microsoft, NASA and Texas Instruments that highlight unique approaches to solving measurement and automation applications using virtual instrumentation.

This year, NI will showcase three pavilions on the NIWeek expo floor. The LabVIEW Design Pavilion will feature NI LabVIEW integrated with common design tools for DSP, analog, RF and embedded control. In the Sensors Pavilion, sensor vendors will display smart transducer electronic data sheets (TEDS) and virtual TEDS sensors along with NI TEDS-capable LabVIEW software and data acquisition products. The Analog and Digital Test Pavilion will highlight new manufacturing test applications, including functional test and device characterization.

Since 1995, engineers and scientists from around the world have gathered at NIWeek to learn about cost-efficient, flexible technologies for creating advanced test, monitoring and control solutions -- from designing product prototypes to full-scale manufacturing. Last year, NIWeek drew record-breaking attendance, including customers from more than 48 countries representing a variety of industries such as automotive, biotech, consumer electronics, nanotechnologies and aerospace. Visit for more information.

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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