NI Incorporates Customer Feedback in MATRIXx 6.3 Control Software

9/17/2003 - National Instruments announced MATRIXx 6.3, the company's first release of the control design and simulation software suite it acquired in January. MATRIXx 6.3 delivers long-awaited updates and enhancements and is the initial step in National Instruments long-term plan for MATRIXx development, service and support based on feedback from the extensive MATRIXx customer base.

"We worked closely with NI to communicate future MATRIXx developments conducive to the continued success of our programs that rely on MATRIXx software, such as our Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) and Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) programs," said David Evans, Boeing manager of aerodynamics and flight controls. "With the operating system updates in MATRIXx 6.3 and our renewed confidence in future MATRIXx development, we will continue to use this software for existing and future projects."

For optimum performance and reliability, MATRIXx 6.3 is built on the solid 6.2 architecture and is both backward and forward compatible. The software now runs under the most recent Windows and Solaris operating systems, Windows 2000/XP/NT and Solaris 9, and features an array of updates and enhancements, including:

"National Instruments is dedicated to providing MATRIXx customers with a complete solution -- industry-proven, model-based design software tightly connected with real-time hardware to address all aspects of the control design process," said Ray Almgren, NI vice president of product strategy. "We continue to work with existing customers, systems integrators and industry experts to further enhance MATRIXx and expand its use into more applications and industries."

MATRIXx contains differentiated, leading-edge technology in control design, system modeling and automatic code generation. Companies including Boeing, Volvo, NASA and Lockheed Martin use MATRIXx for applications such as developing aerospace flight controllers and simulators and building automotive engine and brake control systems.

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