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Monday, August 01, 2011

National Instruments launches LabView 2011

By Nick Flaherty

25 years of graphical programming with LabView 2011
National Insturments has launched its 25th anniversary version of the LabView graphical programming tool. The new version usefully adds re-use of code from Microsoft's .NET framework as well as more hardware integration.
LabVIEW 2011 helps increase development efficiency through new engineering-specific libraries and its ability to interact with almost any hardware device or deployment target, including the new multicore NI CompactRIO controller and the NI PXIe-5665, one of the highest performing RF vector signal analysers in the industry.
“Twenty-five years ago, we created LabVIEW to help engineers focus on innovating instead of wrestling with complicated programming and system integration issues, and today, it has become the ultimate system design software for measurement and control,” said Jeff Kodosky, inventor of LabView and National Instruments Business and Technology Fellow. “With each new version, whether by ensuring integration with the latest hardware, introducing new libraries and APIs or implementing engineer-requested features, our primary objective remains to increase productivity in any engineering situation.”

LabVIEW 2011 includes:
  • Fast development of visually striking, contemporary user interfaces with a new Silver palette of controls and indicators
  • Reuse code with support for the latest .NET assemblies, .m structures and new Xilinx IP for the LabVIEW FPGA Module
  • Five times faster loading, wiring, editing and compiling of FPGA code
  • Programmatically build and distribute executables to targets
  • The ability to spawn asynchronous threads to create multithreaded applications more quickly with a new communication API 

With its stability for mission-critical applications, as well as its simplified integration with hardware from many industry leaders, LabVIEW 2011 gives measurement and control system designers the confidence to innovate efficiently within a proven support infrastructure.
“By using LabVIEW, we decreased our system development time by one-third compared to the time we spent with traditional approaches,” said Glenn Larkin, Engineer for the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, home of advanced fusion research and one of the world’s most powerful lasers. “We plan to extend our use of LabVIEW and NI hardware in many facilities that support NIF so we can realise these same productivity gains in future projects.”
When combined with modular hardware, LabVIEW 2011 is the centrepiece of the NI approach to graphical system design, which provides a unified platform for designing, prototyping and deploying applications with maximum efficiency. Engineers and scientists in virtually every industry are using graphical system design, from basic measurement applications to the most complex, advanced research projects.
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