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NI Offers Over 6000 Drivers for Instrument Control

June 10, 2008

The software is available through the NI Instrument Driver Network, making it easy to connect to and control stand-alone instruments from more than 275 vendors.


AUSTIN, TX /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- National Instruments (NI) now offers more than 6000 drivers through the NI Instrument Driver Network, the "industry's largest source for instrument drivers." Written for the NI LabVIEW graphical system design platform, NI LabWindows/CVI ANSI C integrated development environment, and Microsoft Visual Studio, the instrument drivers make it easy for users to connect to and control stand-alone instruments from more than 275 vendors.

For more than 30 years, NI has been a leader in developing technology for integrating and connecting computers with stand-alone instrumentation. With the NI Instrument Driver Network, users can download LabVIEW Plug and Play and Interchangeable Virtual Instrument drivers certified by NI and remotely control thousands of instruments, including the latest PXI, Ethernet, LXI, GPIB, and USB instruments, from LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI, or Visual Studio. NI continually works with industry-leading instrumentation vendors—including Agilent Technologies, Anritsu Co., and Tektronix—to develop drivers for a wide variety of popular instruments, such as multimeters, oscilloscopes, and signal generators.

In addition to providing extensive support for the most popular instrumentation, the NI Instrument Driver Network now includes the LabVIEW SDI-12 API for interfacing with thousands of environmental monitoring sensors. The SDI-12 protocol is commonly used for environmental data acquisition applications, such as climate-change tracking, water collection and testing, ecological research, soil monitoring, agriculture, and weather analysis. By combining the SDI-12 API with the flexibility of LabVIEW, users can create SDI-12 applications, ranging from simple data collection and analysis to automated communication, data recording, and Web publishing.

Adopted by engineers and scientists worldwide, LabVIEW provides a high-level, easy-to-use programming interface ideal for instrument control. The software also offers tools that reduce development time, such as the Instrument Driver Finder, which helps users instantly search and download drivers from the NI Instrument Driver Network within the LabVIEW environment, and the Instrument I/O Assistant, a utility that helps users perform simple instrument I/O tasks or create their own instrument drivers. Additionally, LabVIEW Plug and Play instrument drivers provide source code native to the development environment and a standard programming model, making it easy to add instruments to a test system without learning new communication protocols or programming paradigms.

About NI
National Instruments 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% of revenue and no one industry representing more than 10% of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, TX, NI has more than 4800 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 nati@ni.com, or visiting the company's Web site.

CVI, LabVIEW, National Instruments, NI, and ni.com are trademarks of National Instruments. The mark LabWindows is used under a license from Microsoft Corp. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corp. in the U.S. and other countries. Other product and company names listed are trademarks or trade names of their respective companies.


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