NI ELVIS Product Bundle Includes M Series Data Acquisition Device

11/4/2004 - Educators now can use the National Instruments Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS) to teach engineering, physical science and biological science principles with high-performance data acquisition hardware. The NI ELVIS product bundle, which has been adopted by teaching professors around the world for hands-on, project-based education, now includes an NI M Series multifunction data acquisition (DAQ) device and is compatible with products from multiple educational vendors for teaching control design principles and microcontroller technologies.

NI ELVIS is an NI LabVIEW-based design and prototyping platform for university science and engineering laboratories. The product bundle includes LabVIEW-based virtual instruments, a custom-designed benchtop workstation and a data acquisition device. The addition of the NI PCI-6251 M Series DAQ device to the bundle offers educators faster sampling rates, more I/O and more accuracy at a lower cost.

In addition to the new NI ELVIS product bundle, educators now can combine NI ELVIS and LabVIEW with products from educational vendors to teach multiple engineering concepts such as control design, signal processing and microcontroller applications. Freescale Semiconductor, a leading global semiconductor company, developed the Freescale Microcontroller Student Learning Kit (MCUSLK) for NI ELVIS, giving educators access to a powerful development and debugging platform for teaching microcontrollers.

“With the Freescale MCUSLK, students can prototype a stand-alone electronic circuit or implement control logic on a microprocessor,” said Andy Mastronardi, director of Freescale Semiconductor’s university program. “We chose to make our MCUSLK compatible with NI ELVIS and LabVIEW because its open, flexible educational platform gives students the ability to design real-world microcontroller applications in their projects.”

In addition, Quanser, a leader in education and research-based systems for real-time control design and implementation, introduced the Quanser Engineering Trainer for NI ELVIS (QNET). This line of training boards is designed for teaching dynamic systems and control design concepts using LabVIEW and NI ELVIS and extends the functionality of the NI ELVIS platform by connecting to the NI ELVIS workstation to facilitate a diverse range of hardware-in-the-loop experiments. Other educational vendors such as Pasco, Vernier and Thomson Delmar Learning also offer products that are compatible with NI ELVIS to deliver intuitive applications for teaching engineering principles.

NI ELVIS reduces the cost of lab equipment by providing a ready-to-use suite of instruments found in all educational laboratories such as a digital multimeter, oscilloscope and function generator. Because it is based on the LabVIEW graphical development environment and provides complete data acquisition and prototyping capabilities, the system is ideal for academic courses ranging from lower-division classes to advanced project-based curriculum. Readers can attend a live Web event on the latest NI ELVIS innovations in measurements, electronics, control design and microcontroller courses by visiting

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