NI NI-DAQmx Base Delivers Data Acquisition Driver for Linux Systems

10/7/2004 - National Instruments announced NI-DAQmx Base, an open Linux driver and programming interface for NI E Series multifunction data acquisition devices, NI DIO-96 digital I/O devices and new low-cost NI USB DAQ devices. The new driver software offers Linux users innovative NI-DAQmx measurement services technology as well as increased ease of use in connecting with high-performance NI data acquisition hardware.

NI-DAQmx Base offers advanced measurement services features including a clean, concise NI-DAQmx programming interface, programmatic channel and task creation and tight integration with more than 70 LabVIEW analysis functions, features previously available only with NI-DAQmx for Windows. The new driver software also includes ready-to-use LabVIEW virtual instruments and C function features similar to those included in the full-featured version of NI-DAQmx measurement services software.

National Instruments built NI-DAQmx Base driver software for Linux on the NI Measurement Hardware Driver Development Kit (DDK) and developed the software almost entirely in the multiplatform LabVIEW graphical development environment. This lightweight and agile architecture makes it possible to quickly develop NI-DAQmx Base driver software for additional operating systems in the future. Engineers currently using other operating systems such as VxWorks, QNX and Mac OS X can use the low-level programming interfaces included in the NI Measurement Hardware DDK to create drivers for a variety of NI measurement products.

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National Instruments ( is a technology pioneer and leader in virtual instrumentation a revolutionary concept that has changed the way engineers and scientists in industry, government and academia approach measurement and automation. Leveraging the PC and its related technologies, virtual instrumentation increases productivity and lowers costs 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 3,100 employees and direct operations in 41 countries. In 2003, the company sold products to more than 25,000 companies in 90 countries. For the past five years, FORTUNE magazine named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

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