EDN Selects NI LabVIEW 7 Express as Finalist for Innovation of the Year

2/6/2004 - National Instruments announced that editors of EDN magazine selected LabVIEW 7 Express, the most significant upgrade to the company’s flagship product in a decade, as a finalist for the magazine’s annual Innovation of the Year award. This honor recognizes the considerable engineering effort behind LabVIEW 7 Express and identifies the software as a major contribution to the electronic design market in 2003.

"We always get an outstanding set of entries for our Innovation program," said Maury Wright, editor-in-chief of EDN magazine. "This year the nominated products were outstanding. The chosen finalists should be proud of their selection because many worthy products barely missed the cut. I look forward to meeting with all of the participants at the awards banquet."

LabVIEW 7 Express makes taking measurements and analyzing data from those measurements easier than ever before with configuration-based Express VIs, the redesigned NI-DAQ 7 driver framework and interactive measurement assistants. These code-generation tools simplify development tasks, such as data acquisition and instrument connectivity, with interactive dialog boxes that require little or no programming.

"New ease-of-use features in LabVIEW shorten development time for engineers at all experience levels," 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 speed application development without sacrificing performance or functionality. In fact, this release extends the capabilities of LabVIEW by making it available on FPGAs and PDAs."

Engineers now can configure FPGAs using LabVIEW for an unprecedented level of timing, control and synchronization without specialized knowledge of hardware programming languages. Engineers also now can port their LabVIEW applications to a PDA, making handheld LabVIEW data acquisition systems available for the first time. Similar to how the introduction of LabVIEW revolutionized the measurement and automation industry in 1986, LabVIEW 7 Express again redefines how engineers are developing their applications.

EDN magazine, one of the top publications for design engineers worldwide, holds the Innovation of the Year awards that recognize unique, state-of-the-art electronics products in several categories. As a finalist in the software category, LabVIEW is eligible for the Innovation of the Year award in March. EDN subscribers -- engineers and engineering managers -- vote for the final winners Feb. 5-19 on the EDN Web site. For more information, readers can visit www.edn.com.

About National Instruments
National Instruments (www.ni.com) 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 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 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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