LabVIEW 2011 promises new levels of productivity

18 August 2011

National Instruments recently introduced NI LabVIEW 2011, the 25th-anniversary version of its system design software, developed to accelerate the productivity of engineers and scientists who develop and deploy measurement and control systems.

New engineering-specific libraries and an ability to interact with almost any hardware device or deployment target, including the new multicore NI CompactRIO controller and the NI PXIe-5665 RF vector signal analyser will enable users of LabVIEW 2011 to dramatically increase development efficiency, says the company. It can help users to integrate individual system components into a single, reconfigurable platform so they can do their jobs faster, better and at a lower cost.

“Twenty-five years ago, we created LabVIEW to help engineers focus on innovating instead of wrestling with complicated programming and system integration issues, and today, it has become the ultimate system design software for measurement and control,” said Jeff Kodosky, National Instruments Business and Technology Fellow, Cofounder and inventor of LabVIEW. “With each new version, whether by ensuring integration with the latest hardware, introducing new libraries and APIs or implementing engineer-requested features, our primary objective remains to increase productivity in any engineering situation.”

LabVIEW 2011 supports assemblies built in the latest Microsoft .NET Framework and includes a variety features driven directly from user feedback. It offers the ability to quickly develop visually striking, contemporary user interfaces with a new Silver palette of controls and indicators; Code can be reused with support for the latest .NET assemblies, .m structures and new Xilinx IP for the LabVIEW FPGA Module; Loading, wiring, editing and compiling of FPGA code can now be achieved up to five times faster; users can programmatically build and distribute executables to targets; Asynchronous threads can be spawned to create multithreaded applications more quickly with a new communication API.

When combined with its modular hardware, LabVIEW 2011 is the centrepiece of the NI approach to graphical system design, which provides a unified platform for designing, prototyping and deploying applications with maximum efficiency.

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