NI Improves Data Acquisition by Factor of a Hundred

8/15/2003 - National Instruments announced the release of NI-DAQ 7, the next generation of the industry-leading data acquisition (DAQ) driver software. With NI-DAQ 7 and LabVIEW 7 Express, engineers can perform simultaneous operations 100 to 1,000 times faster than previous versions and take measurements with unprecedented ease by automatically generating code with the DAQ Assistant utility.

NI-DAQ 7 maximizes I/O system throughput with a multithreaded driver engine to independently control each device function such as analog input, digital I/O and counter/timers. Without any special, low-level programming, engineers and scientists can realize speed increases from 100 to 1,000 times when using multiple device functions or multiple devices simultaneously. The newest version of NI-DAQ also improves simple single-point analog acquisition speed by up to 20 times compared to previous versions. Other driver engine improvements include automatic clock and trigger routing to simplify synchronization, pinpoint error diagnostics in every software component and the ability to use previous versions of the NI-DAQ driver on the same computer as NI-DAQ 7.

With the DAQ Assistant's interactive guide for configuring, testing and programming measurement tasks, an engineer now can create a measurement application in less than 30 seconds. The DAQ Assistant works seamlessly with LabVIEW 7 Express, Measurement Studio 7.0 and LabWindows/CVI 7.0 to configure the DAQ system, automatically generate code, perform data acquisition or generation and then analyze and present the data. NI-DAQ 7 further simplifies measurement applications through a single set of multifunction data acquisition functions and properties that help create simpler, more organized code. Engineers also can use this new software to create virtual channels in LabVIEW and to easily move from basic to more advanced applications without developing new software.

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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