LabView 2009 introduced to UK market

17 September 2009

Last week National Instruments introduced its latest version of the LabView software platform to the UK market. New features on LabView 2009 are aimed at a market operating in a challenging economic climate where projects have to be completed with fewer resources and in less time.

National Instruments claims LabView offers engineers and scientists virtualisation technology to reduce system cost and size, deploy distributed custom measurements across vast physical hardware systems with the new NI wireless sensor network (WSN) platform and streamline algorithm design and deployment to embedded systems with real-time maths. LabView 2009 also makes it possible to create digital prototypes with integrated SolidWorks mechatronics tools.

Virtualisation technology makes it possible to run multiple OSs side by side on the same multicore processing hardware and is designed to build more efficient systems. New NI Real-Time Hypervisor software combines the LabView Real-Time Module with general-purpose OS capabilities and is claimed to reduce system cost and size while maintaining the determinism of the real-time application. Using this software, engineers and scientists can run Windows XP and LabVIEW Real-Time side by side on a single controller, partitioning the processor cores and I/O devices among the two OSs to achieve control and human machine interface (HMI) from a single system. The Real-Time Hypervisor works with dual- and quad-core NI PXI controllers as well as the NI 3110 industrial controller.

Additionally, National Instruments says technology advances have made it possible to deploy WSNs to perform distributed measurements across vast physical systems. The new LabView Wireless Sensor Network Module Pioneer gives engineers and scientists the ability to program individual NI WSN measurement nodes with the ease of use of graphical programming. Engineers and scientists can use Labiew to extend node battery life, increase acquisition performance and create custom sensor interfaces.

Digital Prototyping
National Instruments collaborated with SolidWorks, a leader in mechanical design, on a mechatronics tool designed to help mechanical and control engineers work together to lower the cost and risk of machine design. The seamless integration of the LabView 2009 NI SoftMotion Module and SolidWorks 3D CAD software delivers a design environment that is ideal for digital prototyping, helping engineers and scientists to design, optimise, validate and visualise the real-world performance of machines and motion systems before building physical prototypes. The digital prototype demonstrates not only the look but also the movements and operation of a future machine.

Real-Time Maths
LabView features built-in maths libraries that contain more than 1,000 functions ranging from low-level, point-by-point signal processing to high-level, configuration-based implementations, all of which can easily be deployed to real-time embedded devices. With the LabView MathScript RT Module, LabVIEW 2009 further expands access to real-time math, which is the implementation and deployment of mathematical algorithms to deterministic operating systems, for engineers and scientists using text-based maths tools. The module also provides engineers and scientists the ability to incorporate their own existing .m files using interactive user interfaces and real-world I/O and easily deploy them to real-time hardware for faster system prototyping. By simplifying the process of deploying maths algorithms to real-time hardware, LabView 2009 is hoped to help engineers and scientists use advanced control and analysis to improve the performance of control and monitoring systems.

NI is adopting an annual release cycle for LabView, with version names based on the year of release. The annual release cycle solidifies the schedule, stability and feature scope of each new release to provide an easy upgrade process for customers.

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