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National Instruments and Anritsu Company Collaborate on NI LabVIEW, LabWindows(TM)/CVI Instrument Drivers for Anritsu Instrumentation

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Press release date: October 16, 2007

Joint Effort Helps Engineers and Scientists Easily Create Integrated Test and Measurement Solutions

Oct. 16, 2007 - National Instruments and Anritsu Company today announced a joint effort to develop LabVIEW Plug and Play and LabWindows/CVI instrument drivers for Anritsu test instruments. The companies are working together to make it easy for engineers and scientists to combine the popular LabVIEW graphical development platform and the proven LabWindows/CVI ANSI C integrated development environment with Anritsu RF and wireless communications test instruments.

"Because many of our customers take advantage of the easy-to-use LabVIEW and LabWindows/CVI environments to automate their test and measurement applications, the availability of these drivers is a key factor in our customers' adoption of Anritsu instruments," said Donn Mulder, vice president and general manager of the Microwave Measurements Division of Anritsu Company. "Through this collaborative effort with National Instruments, we are providing our customers with access to high-quality drivers so they can save significant time and money developing their automated test systems."

To date, National Instruments and Anritsu have collaborated on LabVIEW and LabWindows/CVI drivers for several Anritsu products, such as the VNA Master(TM) MS2024A/MS2026A, MS2034 and MS2036A Handheld Vector Network Analyzers; the MS271xB series of Economy Microwave Spectrum Analyzers; the MT8860B WLAN Test Sets; and the MT8852B Bluetooth Test Sets with enhanced data rate (EDR). These drivers, which make it easy for engineers and scientists to quickly connect and control their instruments from the desktop or benchtop, are available for free download at the NI Instrument Driver Network at www.ni.com/idnet. As the industry's largest source for instrument drivers, the Instrument Driver Network provides access to more than 5,000 instruments from more than 225 vendors for use with NI LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI, and Measurement Studio for Microsoft Visual Studio.

"The development of instrument drivers makes it easy for Anritsu customers to automate their hardware with LabVIEW or LabWindows/CVI for a software-defined test and measurement solution," said John Pasquarette, director of software marketing for NI. "This effort demonstrates our commitment to creating an open software environment so engineers and scientists can add third-party hardware and software to their customized applications in order to meet their specific needs."

Readers can visit www.ni.com/anritsu to learn more about LabVIEW and LabWindows/CVI instrument drivers for Anritsu instruments.

About National Instruments

National Instruments (www.ni.com) is transforming the way engineers and scientists design, prototype and deploy systems for measurement, automation and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf software such as NI LabVIEW and modular cost-effective hardware, and sells to a broad base of more than 25,000 different companies worldwide, with no one customer representing more than 3 percent of revenue and no one industry representing more than 10 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 4,300 employees and direct operations in nearly 40 countries. For the past eight years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

About Anritsu Company

Anritsu Company is the American subsidiary of Anritsu Corporation, a global provider of innovative solutions for more than 100 years. Anritsu has more than 3,700 employees in 18 countries, including offices throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Central America, and South America. Anritsu Company provides solutions for existing and next-generation wired and wireless communication systems. Its measurement solutions include optical, microwave/RF, wireless and digital instruments that can be used during R&D, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance. Anritsu Company also provides precision microwave/RF components, optical devices, and high-speed devices for design into communication products and systems. For more information, visit www.us.anritsu.com.
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