NI LabVIEW 7 Express Takes Home Readersí Choice Award

2/4/2004 - In its January 2004 issue, Evaluation Engineering magazine named National Instruments LabVIEW 7 Express the winner of its Readerís Choice Award for software product of the year. LabVIEW 7 Express is the recent major upgrade to the entire family of LabVIEW graphical development products that dramatically simplifies the creation of measurement and automation applications.

"We value our readersí opinions of the new products that impacted them most during the previous year," said Paul Milo, editorial director of Evaluation Engineering. "By singling out LabVIEW 7 Express as the most innovative tool in the software category, it is apparent that the new features, such as its extension to portable and handheld targets and interactive data acquisition assistants, have been beneficial to a diverse group of users in measurement and automation."

Acquiring real-world data is at the core of most measurement and automation systems, and while LabVIEW always simplified this process for users, the new version redefines how they make measurements and analyze their data. With a redesigned NI-DAQ driver framework and two new interactive assistants for data acquisition and instrument control, LabVIEW 7 Express makes taking measurements and extracting useful information from them easier and faster than ever before.

"National Instruments is very pleased that LabVIEW 7 Express impacted Evaluation Engineering readers in such a positive way," said Norma Dorst, NI software marketing manager. "The new version, which is a culmination of 300 engineering years of effort, offers Express VIs that make advanced technology accessible to every engineer, regardless of programming experience. LabVIEW 7 Express reduces the complexity of programming measurement tasks so that users can focus on their projects rather than the tools needed to complete them."

LabVIEW 7 Express includes 38 new Express VIs (virtual instruments) to streamline development tasks including data acquisition, signal analysis and file I/O. Engineers and scientists can easily extend LabVIEW 7 Express to PCs, laptops, industrial computers, embedded computers, handheld PDAs, distributed real-time systems and even FPGAs, to take advantage of a consistent development environment regardless of hardware.

For computer-based data acquisition systems, engineers can use the new DAQ Assistant configuration tools to define sophisticated data acquisition tasks with the ease of a few mouse clicks. For GPIB, serial, VXI and other traditional stand-alone instruments, the Instrument I/O Assistant interactively prototypes instrument control systems, helping engineers and scientists take quick measurements and even develop simple instrument drivers.

Evaluation Engineering has held its annual Readerís Choice Awards for 10 years, compiling candidate products from areas such as communications test, data acquisition, environmental test, instrumentation and software. Evaluation Engineering delivers in-depth, technical articles on testing and evaluating both existing and next-generation electronic products and systems. The publicationís audience includes professionals involved in test and evaluation, design, development, quality control and assurance, production and support. For more information, readers may visit

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 3,100 employees and direct operations in 40 countries. In 2003, the company sold products to more than 25,000 different companies in more than 90 countries around the world. For the past five consecutive years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

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