Control Engineering Selects LabVIEW 7 Express for Editorís Choice Award

1/21/2004 - National Instruments announced that Control Engineering magazine awarded National Instruments LabVIEW 7 Express with an Editorsí Choice Award, naming it one of the most significant software innovations for the industrial control market in 2003.

"Control Engineering editors select winners based on technological advancement, service to the industry and impact on the industrial control market," said Mark Hoske, editor in chief at Control Engineering. "LabVIEW 7 Express stood out in each of these categories. This software makes it easier to implement advanced functionality in industrial applications while maintaining critical system reliability."

With Express technology in LabVIEW 7, engineers now can create measurement and control applications in minutes rather than weeks. This technology adds configuration-based development to LabVIEW through development tools such as Express VIs and interactive measurement assistants, and features such as automatic code generation. Engineers can further reduce their development time with the redesigned data acquisition driver software, NI-DAQ 7. This software features a streamlined API that speeds development by up to 40 percent and a multithreaded architecture that increases performance by a factor of 20.

LabVIEW 7 Express also introduces new functionality that scales from industrial PCs to handheld and embedded devices. For years, control engineers have used the LabVIEW Real-Time Module with rugged FieldPoint and PXI hardware to develop industrial data acquisition, machine condition monitoring and custom embedded control systems. With the latest LabVIEW release, NI extended the boundaries of virtual instrumentation by making LabVIEW available on embedded FPGAs, Palm OS and Microsoft Pocket PC handheld PDAs and industrial NI Compact Vision Systems.

"This release of LabVIEW incorporates 300 person-years of development to deliver the biggest leap in innovation since LabVIEW was first introduced," said Norma Dorst, NI group manager of software marketing. "LabVIEW 7 Express delivers the productivity gains of configuration-based tools and the flexibility of a programming language to engineers at all experience levels and in all areas of measurement and control."

LabVIEW 7 Express was one of 35 products selected among thousands of products reviewed by Control Engineering editors in 2003. As an Editorsí Choice award winner, LabVIEW is eligible to win one of eight Control Engineering Engineers' Choice Awards. Control Engineering will announce these awards on Feb. 24, 2004 at an awards ceremony at National Manufacturing Week.

About Control Engineering
Control Engineering,, covers the $130 billion worldwide control, instrumentation and automation systems marketplace. With circulation of 88,000, the magazine is the voice of the global automation industry, providing comprehensive information on technology, news and trends to end-users, original equipment manufacturers and system integrators across more than 64 industries.

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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