Measurement and Control Embedded in PCs with New NI Board

6/4/2003 - National Instruments announced the release of the NI PCI-7041/6040E board, its fastest plug-in hardware for real-time measurement and control applications embedded in desktop computers. Using the NI LabVIEW 7 Real-Time Module and the graphical development environment, engineers can quickly create real-time applications and download them onto this new hardware.

The PCI-7041/6040E real-time board delivers high-speed, deterministic and reliable performance with a dedicated onboard 700 MHz Pentium III processor capable of loop rates up to 26 kHz. With its high-performance processor, this real-time board can run up to 17 times faster than previous NI plug-in RT Series boards. Control engineers also can use it to build customized, integrated real-time applications that run independent of the operating system on the host PC, protecting the application from system interruptions. When combined with the LabVIEW graphical development environment, engineers have the tools they need to develop and run complex models for real-time applications such as control prototyping and hardware-in-the-loop testing.

The 32 MB of non-volatile CompactFlash memory on the PCI-7041/6040E real-time board stores embedded software, the user application and collected data, while a built in RS-232 serial port provides communication to peripheral devices such as serial-based I/O modules. With the new stand-alone features on this real-time board, engineers can even create deterministic applications that can run on a passive PCI backplane, completely independent of a host machine.

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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