NASA Tech Briefs Select NI LabVIEW 7 Express Product of the Year

3/18/2004 - National Instruments announced that readers of NASA Tech Briefs selected National Instruments LabVIEW 7 Express as the Bronze Product of the Year Award winner. This award recognizes LabVIEW 7 Express as premier software for design engineers and makes National Instruments the first three-time recipient of this prestigious award.

“Our annual Readers’ Choice Awards highlight products with exceptional technical merit and practical value to our 195,000 design engineering readers,” said Linda Bell, NASA Tech Briefs editor-in-chief. “Our readers voted LabVIEW 7 Express as one of the top three products of 2003 due to the impact it has had on the design engineering community.”

A culmination of four years of engineering effort, LabVIEW 7 Express dramatically simplifies the creation of measurement and automation applications with Express VIs and interactive measurement assistants. These new code-generation tools accelerate development tasks, such as data acquisition and instrument connectivity, with interactive dialog boxes that require little or no programming.

“In the 10 years that I have used LabVIEW, I have never seen such a large leap in productivity in a single version upgrade,” said Albert Geven, engineering manager of the test and measurement automation group at Royal Philips Electronics “Not only did features such as Express VIs and the new data acquisition framework help us reduce development time, they made it easy for colleagues who had never used LabVIEW to step in and begin programming immediately.”

This release also extends LabVIEW to a wider range of targets, from embedded FPGAs to Palm OS and Microsoft Pocket PC PDAs. The LabVIEW FPGA Module delivers unprecedented timing, control and synchronization to engineers without requiring specialized knowledge of hardware programming languages, and the LabVIEW PDA Module makes handheld LabVIEW data acquisition systems available for the first time.

National Instruments received the award for LabVIEW 7 Express at National Manufacturing Week Feb. 23, 2004. Previous National Instruments products that have won this award are Measurement Studio 6.0 in 2003 and LabVIEW 5.0 in 1999.

About NASA Tech Briefs
NASA’s best new technologies with “down-to-Earth” commercial applications are reported first in NASA Tech Briefs magazine. This publication features a wealth of new product ideas and engineering solutions developed under NASA’s multi-billion-dollar R&D budget.

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 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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