NI Delivers 24-bit Accuracy, 200 MS/s Sample Rates with New Drivers

9/23/2004 - Engineers now can create reliable real-time test systems with National Instruments high-performance PXI modular instruments hardware, which includes products that deliver up to 24-bit accuracy or 200 MS/s sample rates. This new compatibility is the result of an updated modular instrument driver software that tightly integrates with LabVIEW Real-Time development software.

By using LabVIEW Real-Time with NI PXI modular instruments, engineers can design high-performance, custom virtual instruments with real-time reliability and autonomous operation. Real-time operating systems offer the highest level of reliability because they are streamlined to use fewer resources and eliminate the fragilities of standard operating systems. LabVIEW Real-Time delivers the benefits of a real-time operating system without requiring engineers to know the low-level details of real-time development. Engineers can use the graphical development environment of LabVIEW to build their applications and then download them to dedicated real-time targets. The increased reliability of an embedded real-time operating system is important for tests that are expensive to recreate, including tests that destroy prototypes, execute for long periods of time or require use of expensive resources such as a wind tunnel.

Engineers can configure LabVIEW Real-Time systems to automatically boot and immediately begin the appropriate application with no user interaction. With this capability, engineers can embed LabVIEW Real-Time systems within larger machines or deploy them remotely where they can run autonomously. For example, an engineer can design a LabVIEW Real-Time PXI system for an unmanned submarine to remotely perform machine monitoring.

With the new driver release and LabVIEW 7.1 Real-Time Module, engineers can use the extensive line of NI modular instruments, including digital multimeters, high-speed digitizers, signal generators, switches, dynamic signal acquisition and high-speed digital modules, to create real-time measurement and control applications. Engineers also can integrate a variety of NI and third-party measurement devices including data acquisition, vision, motion, Compact FieldPoint, GPIB, CAN, reconfigurable I/O, serial and DeviceNET.

About NI Modular Instruments
NI modular instrumentation combines high-performance hardware, flexible software and innovative timing and synchronization technology for test and design applications. NI modular instrumentation includes:

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 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.

Pricing and Contact Information
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