NI Doubles LabVIEW Performance with Vision Development Module

7/16/2003 - National Instruments announces the new Vision 7 Development Module for LabVIEW 7 Express, which provides the tools machine vision engineers need to more quickly prototype, benchmark, and create highly advanced applications. The Vision 7 Development Module delivers performance gains over previous software versions. For particle analysis applications, for instance, engineers can choose from more than 80 different particle measurements that are now two to 10 times faster than previous software module versions.

The NI Vision 7 Development Module includes the enhanced, menu-driven Vision Assistant for application prototyping. Engineers use Vision Assistant to prototype and benchmark their machine vision applications by experimenting with more than 200 different machine vision functions, including optical character recognition and bar code reading. With a single mouse click, Vision Assistant generates code for LabVIEW, LabVIEW Real-Time, C, and Visual Basic.

With the addition of the LabVIEW Real-Time Module, engineers can also take advantage of time-bounded vision algorithms to develop deterministic, real-time machine vision applications that finish within a predetermined amount of time. This functionality, combined with the new Compact Vision System, a rugged, compact machine vision system, creates a completely deterministic and reliable system ideal for packaging, assembly, robotics, and industrial inspection.

Long-awaited vision features for LabVIEW users include a native, embedded image display for viewing images at full-frame rates on the LabVIEW front panel. LabVIEW users can also acquire and decode color images from Bayer-encoded color cameras at full frame rates and save multiple images as compressed AVI movie files.

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. 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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