LabVIEW 7 Express Leads NI to Innovation of the Year Award

4/7/2004 - National Instruments announced that the readers of EDN magazine selected LabVIEW 7 Express, the most significant upgrade to the company’s flagship product in a decade, as the winner of the magazine’s annual Innovation of the Year award in the test and measurement category. This honor acknowledges the considerable engineering effort behind LabVIEW 7 Express and recognizes the software as the most innovative contribution to the test and measurement market in 2003.

“Despite a tough economy in 2003, it’s clear that the innovative spirit is still flourishing in the electronics industry,” said Maury Wright, editor-in-chief of EDN magazine. “The 14th Annual EDN Innovation Awards recognizes innovations across the entire gamut of technologies that are key to creating products that everyone can enjoy and use. We applaud the engineering profession for creating advancements that put technology to work for people in their everyday lives.”

LabVIEW 7 Express makes taking measurements and analyzing data from those measurements easier than ever with configuration-based Express VIs, the redesigned NI-DAQ 7 driver framework and interactive measurement assistants. These automatic code-generation tools simplify 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.”

In addition, 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 annually to recognize unique, state-of-the-art electronics products in several categories. LabVIEW 7 Express was named as a finalist for the EDN Innovation of the Year award in February. EDN subscribers – engineers and engineering managers – voted for the final winners Feb. 5-19 on the EDN Web site. For more information, readers can 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 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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