Product News: Communication Systems & Equipment
All-in-One Instrument suits circuit debugging and validation.
Press Release Summary:
June 24, 2014 - Featuring 10 x 7.5 x 2.9 in. benchtop design, VirtualBench integrates mixed-signal oscilloscope, function generator, digital multimeter, programmable DC power supply, and digital I/O. Users interact with VirtualBench through software applications that run on PCs or iPads. In addition to wireless connectivity, system offers consolidated view of multiple instruments, visualization on large multitouch display, and quick functionality to save data and screenshots.
Original Press Release
NI Reshapes Instrumentation with Software-Based, All-In-One Device
Press release date: June 16, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas, – NI (Nasdaq: NATI) today announced VirtualBench, an all-in-one instrument that integrates a mixed-signal oscilloscope, function generator, digital multimeter, programmable DC power supply and digital I/O. Users interact with VirtualBench through software applications that run on PCs or iPads. The device provides the most common functionality affordably and opens up new possibilities for how engineers can use benchtop instruments.
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"Before, I didn't have the room or budget to buy a full setup for each bench," said Russell Stanphil, electronics advisor at TechShop. "I can now park one laptop and a VirtualBench on each seat, replacing four to five boxes."
Because VirtualBench uses today's consumer computing platforms, engineers and scientists can take advantage of the latest technologies like multitouch displays, multicore processors, wireless connectivity and intuitive interfaces. The simplification and increased capability through software leads to more efficient circuit debugging and validation.
"We are building on what NI does best, which is our software-based approach to test and measurement," said Chad Chesney, director of data acquisition marketing at NI. "VirtualBench's software user experience is more intuitive, creating efficiencies that go above and beyond simply having these five devices in a single device."
-- Takes up minimal space on a desktop or benchtop
-- Simplifies instrument configuration through consistent, user-friendly interfaces
-- Offers new capability and convenience with a consolidated view of multiple instruments, visualization on larger displays and quick functionality to save data and screenshots
-- Integrates seamlessly with LabVIEW system design software
To learn more about VirtualBench, visit www.ni.com/virtualbench.
Pricing and Availability
VirtualBench is now available worldwide for $1,999 USD; EUR1,690 EUR; ¥198,000 JPY; ¥14,285 RMB. (All prices are subject to change without notice.) The VirtualBench app for iPad will be available in the App Store later this summer.
Since 1976, NI (www.ni.com) has equipped engineers and scientists with tools that accelerate productivity, innovation and discovery. NI's graphical system design approach to engineering provides an integrated software and hardware platform that speeds the development of any system needing measurement and control. The company's long-term vision and focus on improving society through its technology supports the success of its customers, employees, suppliers and shareholders.
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