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Software creates embedded vision systems.

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Vision Development v6.1 consists of IMAQ Vision 6.1, which includes 300 machine vision and scientific imaging functions, and IMAQ Vision Builder 6.1. Users can quickly prototype vision applications, generate LabVIEW programs on host computer, and deploy these applications on real-time PXI platform. LabVIEW Real-Time expands LabVIEW development environment to create real-time embedded systems with intelligent measurement devices.

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National Instruments LabVIEW Vision Software Delivers Embedded Vision Capabilities Create Integrated Vision, Motion, and Data Acquisition Systems with LabVIEW Real-Time and PXI

AUSTIN, Texas - May 21, 2002 - National Instruments today announced Version 6.1 of its Vision Development software, which engineers and scientists can use to create embedded vision systems for greater reliability in applications such as automated inspection and alignment in manufacturing. Together with LabVIEW Real-Time, this new version brings embedded vision capabilities to the National Instruments real-time PXI/CompactPCI platform.

The NI Vision 6.1 Development Module is a bundle of vision software consisting of IMAQ Vision 6.1 and IMAQ Vision Builder 6.1. With this new module, engineers and scientists can quickly prototype vision applications and generate LabVIEW programs on a host computer, and then deploy these applications on the real-time PXI platform. With PXI, engineers and scientists can take advantage of advanced timing features and synchronize imaging devices with NI data acquisition (DAQ) and motion control hardware.

"Now, with LabVIEW Real-Time, users can quickly and easily add vision measurements to their real-time systems using a graphical development environment that reduces the cost needed for developing embedded applications," said John Hanks, National Instruments Vision Platform Manager. "With the NI Vision 6.1 Development Module, engineers and scientists no longer need real-time programming expertise to build robust, embedded vision applications."

In addition, the NI Vision 6.1 Development Module improves pattern-matching accuracy up to 10 times for use in both the NI real-time PXI platform as well as Microsoft Windows. The newest version of this module also enhances pattern matching performance with faster learning speeds, a smaller image template size, and up to a two times increase in search speed.

About NI Vision Software

The Vision Development Module includes IMAQ Vision Builder and IMAQ Vision, which work together to simplify vision software development. IMAQ Vision Builder is an interactive environment that quickly prototypes and benchmarks vision applications without programming. IMAQ Vision is a library of more than 300 machine vision and scientific imaging functions. The National Instruments IMAQ product line features easy-to-use software and hardware that creates a complete measurement and automation solution.

About LabVIEW Real-Time
NI LabVIEW Real-Time expands the LabVIEW development environment to create real-time embedded systems with intelligent NI
measurement devices, including processor-based plug-in boards, PXI controllers, and the FieldPoint 2000 Family of network modules. With LabVIEW Real-Time, engineers have the power to develop real-time solutions with Industry-standard software and industry-proven hardware. In addition, engineers familiar with LabVIEW can immediately begin developing real-time measurement and automation applications with LabVIEW Real-Time.

About NI
NI leverages commercial technologies, such as industry-standard
computers and the Internet, to deliver customer-defined measurement and automation solutions. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 2,900 employees and direct sales offices in more than 37 countries. NI increases the productivity of engineers and scientists worldwide by delivering easy-to-integrate software and modular hardware. In 2001, the company sold products to more than 24,000 different companies in
more than 60 countries around the world. For the past three consecutive years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

Pricing and Contact Information
NI Vision 6.1 Development Module,priced from $2,595 (U.S. Dollars), EUR4,095 (Euro), Y393,000 (Yen) 11500 N Mopac Expwy, Austin, Texas, 78759-3504 Tel: (800) 258-7022, Fax (512) 683-9300 For more information, visit E-mail:

IMAQ(TM), LabVIEW(TM), LabVIEW Real-Time(TM), and NI(TM) are trademarks of National Instruments. Other product and company names listed are trademarks or trade names of their respective companies.

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