National Instruments Enables CAN Applications on Handheld PDAs

9/17/2004 - National Instruments announced new driver software that delivers Controller Area Network (CAN) technology to handheld PDAs. By using the new CAN for PocketPC software with the NI LabVIEW PDA Module, engineers can create CAN applications and then easily download them to PocketPC targets. This increases the flexibility of test applications that require smaller, more portable platforms, such as mounting the PDA on the dash of a vehicle in automotive testing.

The new CAN for PocketPC software also offers portable CAN data logging that is especially useful for portable monitoring and control of CAN devices on the factory floor and in-vehicle data acquisition. Engineers also can use CAN for PocketPC to implement diagnostic applications, create tools for service technicians and communicate using the NI PCMCIA-CAN card.

With NI-CAN interfaces, engineers can automate measurements in automotive, medical and embedded applications. NI-CAN interfaces for PXI, PCI and PCMCIA integrate with data acquisition, image acquisition and motion control modules by sharing timing and triggering lines. NI-CAN bus interfaces comply fully with the physical and electrical specifications outlined in ISO 11898, and the high-level application programming interface (API) simplifies development for synchronization or basic network communication.

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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 41 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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