NI Improves Design Time and Performance with Switch Executive 2.0

8/25/2004 - National Instruments announced NI Switch Executive 2.0, the latest version of the industry-leading switch management software that abstracts low-level switch configuration by providing a system-level switch programming interface to test applications. NI Switch Executive 2.0 optimizes multimodule integration and high-density switch system development with an enhanced routing engine that delivers 75 times faster design-time performance.

In addition to providing enhanced design-time performance, NI Switch Executive 2.0 dramatically improves run-time efficiency by optimizing compiled code to reduce the time necessary to communicate with a switch. The new version of the software also includes a mass rename feature for simultaneous channel naming and switch system expansion buses. These buses help engineers achieve quick multimodule integration, which enables the software to automatically route signals across several switch modules. In addition, with sophisticated channel exclusions in NI Switch Executive 2.0, engineers have more control of signal routes, which gives them greater system flexibility and instrument protection.

NI Switch Executive 2.0 builds on the previous version by offering productivity gains in switch system development through system-level switch configuration, channel naming and automatic signal routing. The software-assisted end-to-end signal routing makes defining and maintaining the system highly intuitive, especially for high-channel-count systems. In addition, NI Switch Executive features complete switch system validation and reporting to ensure configuration integrity and to assist in switch hardware setup. The switch management software also offers system-level deployment for easy migration of switch system designs to other computers or stations.

NI Switch Executive increases test code reuse and simplifies switch maintenance with direct integration into NI TestStand test management software and an application programming interface for LabVIEW and LabWindows/CVI development environments and Measurement Studio for Microsoft Visual Basic and Visual C++. NI Switch Executive 2.0 fully integrates with all NI switch hardware, including the new ultrahigh-density NI PXI-2532 512-crosspoint switch, as well as third-party IVI-compliant switch hardware for faster system setup, design and deployment. NI Switch Executive 2.0 and NI switch hardware such as the PXI-2532 matrix module are ideal for applications in a variety of industries including military, aerospace and automotive.

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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