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National Instruments to Host NIWeek Thursday, May 08, 2008; Posted: 04:43 PM
May 08, 2008
NIWeek 2008, the company s 14th annual customer and technology conference, opens Aug. 5 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, for three days of interactive technical sessions, targeted summits, hands-on workshops and exhibitions on the latest developments for design, control, automation, manufacturing and test. The conference also features keynote presentations and demonstrations that highlight how engineers and scientists can use NI graphical system design to test, measure and fix inefficient products and processes to improve everyday life.
NIWeek provides an exciting opportunity for engineers and scientists to exchange ideas while exploring new technologies and solutions, said Dr. James Truchard, NI CEO, president and cofounder. At NIWeek 2008, we will explore innovation in green engineering and look at how the graphical system design platform is leading to the more rapid design, prototyping and deployment of more efficient systems for automated test, industrial measurement and control and embedded applications.
NIWeek 2008 features nearly 200 technical sessions including hands-on workshops, case studies and panel discussions from companies and universities such as Averna, Cornell University, General Electric, Texas Instruments and the University of California, Berkeley. The sessions will highlight the latest developments in test and data acquisition, industrial and automation, embedded design and software development as well as green engineering. In addition, the conference features technical summits on RF and wireless communications, sound and vibration and vision as well as the first ever Robotics Summit, which explores the use of NI LabVIEW software and the graphical system design platform for robotic and autonomous vehicle applications.
National Instruments helps the way engineers and scientists design, prototype and deploy systems for measurement, automation and embedded applications.
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To save a permanent link to this news, right-click the dateline (Ctl-click on a Mac) to copy the link. National Instruments Integrates Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA Technology into New Customizable I/O Devices
Engineers Can Combine New Suite of PXI Modules and LabVIEW FPGA for High-Speed Acquisition, Control and Test Applications
AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) today announced the release of four new R Series I/O modules for the PXI platform that are equipped with high-performance Xilinx Virtex®-5 field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The NI PXI-7841R, PXI-7842R, PXI-7851R and PXI-7852R modules feature eight analog inputs, eight analog outputs and 96 digital I/O lines as well as analog input rates that are more than 3.5 times faster than previously released R Series devices. These new modules provide engineers and scientists with commercial off-the-shelf hardware that can be graphically programmed with the NI LabVIEW FPGA Module to perform custom onboard processing for inline data analysis and deterministic I/O control for applications that require specialized timing and triggering.
“The unprecedented flexibility of FPGA technology makes FPGAs ideal for both complex embedded system design and high-performance data acquisition and test applications,” said Dr. James Truchard, National Instruments president, CEO and cofounder. “With our continued investment in FPGA technology including the new R Series devices and the LabVIEW FPGA Module, National Instruments is giving test engineers and embedded programmers alike a tightly integrated platform that makes it easy for them to take advantage of the incredible potential of FPGAs.”
Engineers and scientists can achieve 16-bit analog input sampling rates up to 200 kS/s/ch with the PXI-7841R and PXI-7842R and sampling rates up to 750 kS/s/ch with the PXI-7851R and PXI-7852R. Additionally, the new R Series modules are equipped with either a Virtex-5 LX30 or Virtex-5 LX50 FPGA, which deliver improved optimization capabilities that provide faster code execution and increased LabVIEW code capacity than previous R Series devices. Virtex-5 FPGAs feature a six-input LUT architecture for substantially improved resource utilization as well as DSP slices that make it possible for users to implement more complex digital signal processing at faster rates. The combination of high-speed I/O and Virtex-5 FPGAs on these new R Series modules makes them ideal for high-performance processing and control applications in industries such as automotive, life science and aerospace/defense.
“The industry-leading Virtex-5 family gives designers an unprecedented level of computational performance and system integration capabilities for embedded design and test applications,” said Steve Douglass, vice president and general manager for the Xilinx Advanced Product Group. “By incorporating this strategically enabling technology into their new R Series devices, National Instruments is delivering high-performance hardware that can be easily optimized with LabVIEW graphical programming to help reduce design cycles and improve time to market.”
With PXI instrumentation, engineers and scientists can customize their applications by choosing from more than 1,500 measurement, signal generation, RF, power and switch modules and configuring their instruments in software to achieve the functionality they need. The new R Series modules extend this customization even further by incorporating a Virtex-5 FPGA that can be programmed with the LabVIEW FPGA Module to create user-defined hardware. The LabVIEW FPGA Module simplifies the task of customizing hardware through easy-to-use graphical programming that abstracts VHDL code used to configure the FPGA. LabVIEW also offers pre-built function blocks and other code optimization techniques that expedite application development. This graphical system design approach, or the tight integration of flexible software and commercial off-the-shelf hardware, helps engineers and scientists design, prototype, test and deploy custom measurement and embedded design applications faster and more cost-efficiently than the traditional approach to custom hardware design.
Readers can visit www.ni.com/rseries for more information, including data sheets, webcasts and white papers, about the new R Series modules.
About National Instruments
National Instruments (www.ni.com) is transforming the way engineers and scientists design, prototype and deploy systems for measurement, automation and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf software such as NI LabVIEW and modular cost-effective hardware, and sells to a broad base of more than 25,000 different companies worldwide, with no one customer representing more than 3 percent of revenue and no one industry representing more than 10 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 4,600 employees and direct operations in nearly 40 countries. For the past nine years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America. Readers can obtain investment information from the company’s investor relations department by calling 512-683-5090, e-mailing email@example.com or visiting www.ni.com/nati.
Pricing and Contact Information
NI PXI-7841R priced(a) from $2,799; €2,499; ¥324,000
11500 N. Mopac Expwy, Austin, Texas 78759-3504
NI PXI-7842R priced(a) from $3,599; €3,199; ¥416,000
Tel: 800-258-7022, Fax: 512-683-9300
NI PXI-7851R priced(a) from $3,399; €2,999; ¥393,000
NI PXI-7852R priced(a) from $4,199; €3,699; ¥485,000
On March 19, 2008, the Board of Directors of National Instruments Corporation (the "Company") adopted and approved the performance criteria and associated potential award for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008 for the Company's named executive officers who participate in the Annual Incentive Program ("AIP"), which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 filed to the Company's Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 27, 2006. The AIP provides for the payment of cash bonuses to the Company's officers (including named executive officers but excluding the Company's President), Business and Technology Fellows, and Research and Development Fellows based upon the attainment of certain performance criteria established by the Board of Directors and the Company's President. The AIP is intended to increase shareholder value and the success of the Company by providing incentive and reward for accomplishment of certain objectives for key executives and certain significant employees. The incentive cash bonuses awarded under this program are calculated by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors ("Compensation Committee") based upon the objectives set for each participant with a maximum of 30% of the participant's salary (or, in the case of the Senior Vice President of Sales, salary plus targeted commission) for Senior Vice Presidents and a maximum 20% of the participant's salary for Vice Presidents, Business and Technology Fellows, and Research and Development Fellows. At the end of the calendar year, the Compensation Committee and the Company's President will determine whether the objectives of each individual participant were met and thereafter will determine the amount of the payment (if any) to be made to each participant under the plan based on the achievement of such objectives and the discretion of the Company's President and the Compensation Committee.
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National Instruments Corporation engages in the design, development, manufacture, and marketing of instrumentation software, and specialty computer plug-in cards and accessories. Its application software products include LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI, and Measurement Studio, which are programming environments that develop graphical user interfaces and control instruments, as well as acquire, analyze, and present data; LabVIEW Real-Time that configures user's programs to execute remotely on embedded processors; LabVIEW FPGA, which allows users to build their custom hardware devices for proprietary measurement or control protocols; TestStand, a test management environment for organizing, controlling, and running automated production test systems on the factory floor; DIAdem; and Multisim. National Instruments Corporation's hardware products and related driver software comprise data acquisition, PXI modular instrumentation platform, machine vision/image acquisition, motion control, distributed I/O and embedded control, industrial communications interfaces, GPIB interfaces, and VXI controllers. The company offers its products to various industries, including advanced research, automotive, commercial aerospace, computers and electronics, continuous process manufacturing, education, government/defense, medical research/pharmaceutical, power/energy, semiconductors, automated test equipment, telecommunications, and others. It markets its products through direct sales organizations, independent distributors, original equipment manufacturers, value added resellers, system integrators, and consultants in Americas, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. The company was founded in 1976 and is based in Austin, Texas.
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AUSTIN, Texas, Mar 18, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) today announced four new C Series modules for data-logging applications including vibration/acoustical data logging and in-vehicle, structural, temperature and pressure testing. The NI USB-9219, USB-9229 and USB-9239 provide USB, bus-powered connectivity to the C Series while the NI 9234 AC/DC-coupled dynamic signal acquisition module offers selectable IEPE signal conditioning for engineers measuring high-accuracy audio frequency.
The C Series combines signal conditioning, direct sensor connectivity and data acquisition into a small module for each measurement type that can be inserted into any C Series chassis to create a variety of systems. There are more than 40 C Series modules available for different measurements including thermocouple, voltage, RTD, current, resistance, strain, digital (TTL and other), accelerometers and microphones. The new modules, which expand the NI offering of 24-bit C Series modules for data-logging applications, are enhanced with the inherent data acquisition and analysis features of NI LabVIEW software.
The new, bus-powered USB-9219, USB-9229 and USB-9239 four-channel universal C Series modules are designed for multipurpose testing in any NI CompactDAQ or CompactRIO chassis, or with the NI USB-9162 single module carrier. With the new USB-9219 universal module, engineers can measure up to 11 types of signals from sensors such as strain gages, RTDs, thermocouples and load cells. With channel-to-channel isolation, an entire system, including the device under test, is protected from harmful voltage spikes up to the isolation rating. In addition to safety, isolation eliminates measurement errors caused by ground loops. Measurement ranges for the USB-9219 include up to +/-60 V and +/-25 mA, making it ideal for in-vehicle data-logging applications that often require 12 or 42 V of measurement range. The USB-9229 and USB-9239 high-speed data-logging modules acquire 50 kS/s samples per second per channel and include anti-aliasing filters to eliminate unwanted signals for monitoring applications such as structural health, machine conditioning, electrical power and environmental monitoring. The USB-9239 operates at +/-10 V for precise, high-speed sensor measurement, while the USB-9229 operates at +/-60 V for sensors with a higher output range such as proximity probes used for vibration data logging.
The NI 9234 dynamic signal acquisition module is ideal for vibration and acoustical data logging because engineers can turn on or off IEPE conditioning as well as select AC or DC coupling. The module delivers 24 bits of resolution, 102 dB of dynamic range and anti-aliasing filters. The NI 9234 module can be used with the NI Sound and Vibration Measurement Suite, which includes the Sound and Vibration Assistant to simplify acquiring and analyzing noise and vibration signals by offering a stand-alone, interactive analysis and acquisition environment. The stand-alone software makes it possible to continually interact with varying data analysis settings while logging data to disk for future analysis.
Engineers can use C Series modules with the USB-9162 single module carrier and NI CompactDAQ and CompactRIO hardware. Combining this hardware with LabVIEW software creates a user-defined data-logging application. With LabVIEW graphical programming, engineers can create custom user interfaces and take advantage of more than 600 math and analysis functions.
NI provides both PC-based and embedded data-logging hardware approaches for a wide span of data-logging applications. The small size, extreme ruggedness and hot-swappable industrial I/O C Series modules are designed as self-contained data-logging modules. All circuitry required for a specific measurement is contained in the module and all A/D and D/A conversion takes place in the module before data reaches a chassis. Different platforms offer flexibility for different deployment options, making this the ideal platform for vibration and acoustical, in-vehicle, structural, temperature and pressure data logging.
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