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New LabVIEW 7 Express cuts development time

19 November 2003 Electronics Technology

National Instruments released a major upgrade to the entire family of LabVIEW graphical development products. A culmination of four years of engineering effort, the new LabVIEW 7 Express is said to dramatically simplify the creation of measurement and automation applications and extend LabVIEW to a wider range of targets.

"The innovation behind LabVIEW 7 Express is incredible," said Albert Geven, engineering manager of the test and measurement automation group at Royal Philips Electronics. "In the 10 years that I have used LabVIEW, I have never seen such a large leap in productivity in a single version upgrade. Not only did features such as Express VIs and the new data acquisition framework help us reduce development time, they made it easy for colleagues who had never used LabVIEW to step in and begin programming immediately."

Designed to reduce development time for both new and experienced users, Express VIs encapsulate measurement functionality in easy-to-use interactive virtual instruments of the most common measurement and automation applications. More than 40 powerful Express VIs streamline development for tasks ranging from data acquisition to signal analysis to file I/O. This delivers the power of advanced measurement functions in easy-to-configure dialogs requiring little or no programming.

"Before LabVIEW, engineers and scientists had to make a tradeoff between the power, flexibility and scalability of traditional programming languages and the ease-of-use and interactivity of configuration-based tools," said Dr James Truchard, NI president and CEO. "With the release of LabVIEW 7 Express, we are closing the gap between easy and powerful, bringing an exceptional level of productivity and performance to engineers at all experience levels and in all areas of measurement and automation."

The LabVIEW 7 Express product family includes the LabVIEW Base, Full and Professional Development Systems, as well as the following LabVIEW add-on modules:

* New LabVIEW 7 FPGA module - LabVIEW for developing applications to run in FPGAs on NI reconfigurable I/O hardware.

* New LabVIEW 7 PDA module - LabVIEW for creating portable handheld measurement and control applications on Microsoft Pocket PC or Palm OS PDAs.

* Upgraded LabVIEW 7 realtime module - LabVIEW for developing deterministic, realtime and embedded control applications.

* Upgraded LabVIEW 7 datalogging and supervisory control module - LabVIEW for developing distributed monitoring and control applications.



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