NI Delivers Full Functionality with LabVIEW 7 Express Student Edition

1/29/2004 - College students now can work outside their school labs and classrooms with their own full-featured version of National Instruments LabVIEW graphical development environment, the most widely used software for test, measurement and control. Offered at a more than 20 percent price reduction compared to previous editions, the LabVIEW 7 Express Student Edition is the first version of the student software to deliver the same full functionality as the professional version of LabVIEW. The software is included in a new Learning with LabVIEW 7 Express textbook and CD bundle from Prentice Hall.

LabVIEW 7 Express Student Edition offers a powerful platform for interactive simulation, signal acquisition, data analysis and data presentation, delivering the flexibility of a programming language without the complexity of traditional development tools. The LabVIEW 7 Express Student Edition contains all the functionality of the recent major upgrade to the LabVIEW family of products, including more than 400 native analysis and signal processing functions, 13 new analysis Express VIs and support for all data types used in the LabVIEW Full Development System.

"The ability for students to work from home, on their own time, with a full-featured version of LabVIEW 7 Express greatly expands their learning opportunities and encourages initiative and independent study," said Dr. Al Wicks, professor of mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech. "The more time they can spend working hands-on with the LabVIEW environment, the more quickly they can begin to harness its functionality and implement functional code into their senior projects and design activities."

Students can purchase the new LabVIEW 7 Express Student Edition in a set from Prentice Hall that includes the LabVIEW 7 Express Student Edition CD and the recently released Learning with LabVIEW 7 Express textbook written by Dr. Robert Bishop, chairman of and professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the University of Texas at Austin. The Learning with LabVIEW 7 Express textbook includes helpful hints, exercises, cautionary notes, "Building Blocks" sections for continuous modification of virtual instruments and examples of how engineers and scientists use LabVIEW to solve real-world problems. The textbook also includes a companion Web site with additional resources for both students and instructors.

National Instruments released the full-featured version of LabVIEW 7 Express Student Edition as part of its continuing commitment to preparing students for careers in engineering and science. The opportunity for students to spend more time working on their own in the LabVIEW environment helps them to continue developing highly employable skills that will benefit their careers in research or in industry.

"We believe that the hands-on experience that students gain by using LabVIEW is extremely valuable," said Ray Almgren, NI vice president of product strategy and academic relations. "With LabVIEW 7 Express Student Edition, students can have their own copy of the same software they are using in their classrooms or laboratories. Not only is it an educational tool that is useful to their professional careers, it is also fun and easy to use."

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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