LabVIEW 2010 cuts code execution time with compiler

02 August 2010

National Instruments has unveiled LabVIEW 2010, speeding up code execution with an optimised compiler. The company also expanded the platform with an add-on developer program.

In a press preview last month, the company demonstrated how the “off-the-shelf” compiler technologies can cut the time it takes to execute code by an average of 20 per cent.

For field-programmable gate array (FPGA) users, LabVIEW 2010 also delivers a new IP Integration Node that makes it possible to integrate any third-party FPGA IP into LabVIEW applications and is compatible with the Xilinx CORE Generator.

The company has also utilised its online feedback forum to implement new features suggested by lead users.

“LabVIEW users are some of the most innovative people in the world, and their input helps us make LabVIEW an ever more effective and productive programming tool,” said Jeff Kodosky, National Instruments Business and Technology fellow, co-founder and developer of LabVIEW. “With LabVIEW 2010, we have taken their feedback and suggestions and opened up the platform to further customisation so that our customers and partners can expand LabVIEW to new applications that have not yet experienced the power and efficiency of graphical programming.”

National Instruments is also introducing the LabVIEW Add-On Developer Program to give thousands of partners the opportunity to expand the platform and introduce custom functionality. The program establishes an online marketplace as part of the updated LabVIEW Tools Network for developers to offer their free and paid toolkits and a comprehensive location for LabVIEW users to browse, download, evaluate and purchase the add-ons. More than 50 add-ons from NI and third-party developers are available, including code reuse libraries, templates, UI controls and connectors to other software packages. Additionally, LabVIEW users can use the VI Package Manager from JKI to connect directly to the LabVIEW Tools Network from their desktop and manage add-on installations and updates.

For more advanced users and development groups, LabVIEW 2010 includes new features that improve interfaces to reusable code, group VIs and their hierarchy for faster build times and separate the VI source code from the compiled version to aid in source code management. These capabilities are ideal for large group development where code maintenance across many users, software versions and computer platforms is critical.

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