Software offers system-level to device-level control.

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LabVIEW v6.1 integrates LabVIEW with modular software components that solve monitoring applications, such as distributed supervisory control and real-time, embedded measurement and control. It includes LabVIEW Real-Time Module and LabVIEW Datalogging and Supervisory Control Module, which offer automatic data logging, full alarm and event management, security and real-time and historical trending. Monitoring and control can be done remotely.



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LabVIEW Family Delivers Scalable Development for Monitoring and Control


National Instruments Lab VIEW 6.1 Integrated Software Offers System-Level to Device-Level Control

AUSTIN, Texas - Jan. 15, 2002 - National Instruments today introduced a family of LabVIEW products ideal for monitoring and control applications. The NI LabVIEW family integrates the newest version of LabVIEW with modular software components that solve monitoring applications, such as distributed supervisory control and real-time, embedded measurement and control.

"NI LabVIEW 6.1 - complete with new features for distributed control and analysis - and the latest versions of both the LabVIEW Real-Time Module and the LabVIEW Datalogging and Supervisory Control Module, offer atightly integrated and unified development environment that simplifies the process of creating control applications," said Shawn Liu, NI Product Manager for LabVIEW. "Engineers can use this family of highly productive tools to solve a variety of control applications, eliminating the need to learn multiple software environments."

Networked Monitoring and Supervisory Control
LabVIEW 6.1 builds on the unprecedented Web capabilities of LabVIEW 6i with remote panels, a feature that makes remote monitoring and control effortless. With only two mouse-clicks, engineers can embed their application's front panel into any commonly used Web browser to instantly control their hardware from any PC, laptop, or other Web-enabled device.

With this new remote panels feature in LabVIEW and the distributed capabilities of the Datalogging and Supervisory Control Module 6. 1, engineers can more rapidly control their machine monitoring or data logging applications from anywhere in the world. The new LabVIEW Datalogging and Supervisory Control Module delivers all the necessities for system-level monitoring and control, including enhanced data management tools and built-in features for monitoring applications, such as automatic data logging, full alarm and event management, security, and real-time and historical trending. With these features, coupled with the new LabVIEW tools to maximize the advantages of the Web, engineers can better manage live data, efficiently monitor a complete system, easily store data in remote locations, and connect to a PC, real-time device, or other intelligent nodes.

Embedded Real-Time Control
The new LabVIEW Real-Time Module 6.1 delivers improved networking and control-loop performance for device-level control. With the module, engineers can embed LabVIEW code in intelligent hardware targets ranging from small, low-cost distributed I/O, such as the NI FieldPoint(TM) 2000 Family, to high-speed, integrated PXI solutions, such as the new PXI 8176 RT controller. The newest version of LabVIEW Real-Time features
PID tools that are optimized for multiple control loops to deliver better performance. The LabVIEW Real-Time 6.1 Module now has improved networking speeds so that engineers can share data with other systems in their enterprise at least 10 times faster than with the previous version of LabVIEW Real-Time.

LabVIEW 6.1 complements the powerful embedded control capabilities of the LabVIEW Real-Time Module with a more efficient way to acquire and process data a single point at a time, increasing performance in closed- loop control applications. This patent-pending point-by-point analysis increases throughput and enhances real-time response by using a memory of past input data and continuously adapting to new data.

About NI
NI (Nasdaq: NATI) 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 2,700 employees and direct sales offices in more than 35 countries. NI is increasing the productivity of engineers and scientists worldwide by delivering easy-to-integrate software and modular hardware. In fiscal year 2000, NI recorded its 24th consecutive year of double-digit growth with revenue totaling $410 million. For the past two years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

Price, Availability, and For More Information
LabVIEW 6.1 is available in Q1 2002 with prices starting at $995, E1,295, Y151,000. The LabVIEW Datalogging and Supervisory Control Module 6.1 is available in Q1 2002 with prices starting at $1,995, E2,795, Y302,000. The LabVIEW Real-Time Module 6.1 is available in QI 2002 with prices starting at $1,995, E2,795, Y302,000.

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