New Tools in NI-DAQmx and NI LabVIEW 8 Combine to Save Engineers Time

Oct. 3, 2005 - National Instruments today announced the latest version of NI-DAQmx, its powerful data acquisition (DAQ) driver software and the core of its measurement services software shipped with each piece of NI multifunction DAQ hardware. With NI-DAQmx 8 driver software, engineers using all NI-DAQmx hardware - including new PCI Express and USB DAQ devices - can take advantage of the powerful upgrades in the National Instruments LabVIEW 8 graphical platform for design, control and test.

For example, NI LabVIEW 8 offers improvements to existing LabVIEW Express technology to benefit data acquisition, including upgrades to Instrument I/O Assistant and DAQ Assistant. These tools, which streamline system setup by helping engineers interactively communicate with their DAQ devices and instruments, now help developers programmatically modify execution parameters - such as acquisition rate - in the assistants during run time.

NI-DAQmx 8 is also supported by the new shared variable engine in LabVIEW 8. Engineers can use this feature to easily share data between two nodes, including real-time and supervisory nodes, within a distributed control and monitoring system. The LabVIEW Project Explorer helps engineers manage and target all networked real-time and I/O nodes used in the system and then download, execute and debug LabVIEW measurement applications on all computing nodes simultaneously, saving development time and accelerating productivity.

In addition to the increased integration with LabVIEW 8, NI-DAQmx 8 features the new NI Device Monitor, an automatic dialog that makes setting up applications with USB connectivity even easier. NI-DAQmx users can choose from a list of common tasks for USB applications, including running test panels and starting a data logging task. Engineers who need to thoroughly document their data acquisition systems can quickly create complete documentation using the new report generation capability in the Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX), the configuration software component included in the NI measurement services software suite. Similarly, customers with high-channel-count systems now can import and export data acquisition system configurations in MAX to human-readable file formats such as Microsoft Excel.

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By integrating commercially available silicon and bus technologies with innovative designs, NI data acquisition products continue to improve measurement speed and accuracy while reducing cost for engineers and scientists. NI data acquisition devices are available on the most widely used buses, including PCI, PXI, PCI Express and USB, and work with the industry's most popular operating systems such as Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. Readers can learn more about the latest NI data acquisition hardware and software products and technologies at

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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 in industry, government and academia approach measurement and automation. Leveraging PCs and commercial technologies, virtual instrumentation increases productivity and lowers costs for test, control and design applications through easy-to-integrate software, such as NI LabVIEW, and modular measurement and control hardware for PXI, PCI, USB and Ethernet. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,600 employees and direct operations in nearly 40 countries. In 2004, the company sold products to more than 25,000 companies in 90 countries. For the past six years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

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