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In the coming years, the Data Dashboard might not be the only way to interact with LabVIEW on a tablet.

 

 

National Instruments has set out to make portable technology like tablets and smartphones as productive as possible with an ecosystem of mobile applications and instruments. In this NIWeek 2012 keynote address, Kyle Gupton points out that LabVIEW is the most touch-ready language on the planet. Customers can already view their LabVIEW applications through the Data Dashboard for LabVIEW app, which has a new version launch coming up.

 

Watch as Jeff Kodosky, the father of LabVIEW, demonstrates a “very, very, very early version” of a touch-based interface for LabVIEW in this keynote address from NIWeek 2012. As NI engineers continue to develop interactive software solutions, users can look forward to the possibility of designing and editing LabVIEW diagrams without lifting a finger—literally.

 

>> Learn more about the upcoming version of Data Dashboard for LabVIEW.

LabVIEW2012 lets you create code faster and more reliably than before. There are so many great new features in this release, we broke them into two overview posts. We encourage you to share your thoughts about this version on the LabVIEW Idea Exchange.

 

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Mobile Apps

Use iOS and Android mobile devices to view data on your desktop or embedded systems. The newest Data Dashboard for LabVIEW will soon be available on the iPad, too, and includes custom layouts and dashboard sharing.

Self-Paced Online Training

An affordable training alternative that’s accessible 24 hours a day. Each course contains multimedia modules that cover the same topics as instructor-led courses. Complete with interactive quizzes and challenging exercises that help to test your understanding.

 

New Analysis Tools

There are hundreds of built-in signal processing and analysis functions that you can take advantage of in LabVIEW, from Fast Fourier Transforms (FFTs) to statistical analysis routines. All are specifically designed for high-performance processing using both CPUs and graphics processing units (GPUs).

 

Productivity Enhancements

12 new features in LabVIEW 2012 are user-driven—culled directly from the LabVIEW Idea Exchange—and include block diagram enhancements and conditionally processed loop outputs.

 

Data Management Enhancements

Technical Data Management (TDM) technologies directly integrate into your applications to help you maximize your test and measurement data value. These include the TDM Streaming file format for data storage, NI DataFinder for data indexing, and LabVIEW and NI DIAdem software for data processing.

 

  >> See all of the new features for LabVIEW 2012.

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Today we introduced the C Series NI 9861 CAN interface and NI 9866 LIN interface, the newest modules in the NI XNET family of products, and the first low-speed CAN and LIN modules that integrate with the entire NI CompactDAQ platform. The CAN and LIN modules can help engineers increased productivity and flexibility through project reuse for a variety of platforms.

 

You can use the new CAN and LIN modules with the same NI LabVIEW or ANSI C/C++ software code on a variety of platforms including NI CompactDAQ, CompactRIO, PXI and PCI. Both modules also support synchronization and triggering with other CompactRIO and NI CompactDAQ modules.

 

> Learn more at www.ni.com/can and www.ni.com/lin.

For the everyday traveler, the intricate workings of an aircraft may be hard to understand, but what you probably want to know above all is that you’re in a safe mode of transportation.

 

At EMBRAER, safety comes from testing at every stage during the creation of a plane. The Legacy 500 Iron Bird has over 50 embedded computer systems that must work together seamlessly before a test flight even leaves the ground. Because the testing cannot be accomplished in flight, system engineers at EMBRAER’s ground facility use NI VeriStand and 21 NI PXI systems to fully test the system integration of the plane’s computer systems. They create a simulation of the entire plane and test each system in real time.

 

When combined with LabVIEW software, EMBRAER engineers have greater functionality for system automation and validation. Using NI tools, EMBRAER reduced the development and testing process of the Legacy 500 Iron Bird by one year.

 

To learn more, watch the video below.

 

 


 

>> Learn more about NI VeriStand

 

 


According to leading global market research firm Frost & Sullivan, the PXI market is expected to cross the $1 billion mark by 2017. And in a recent report, they added how NI is paving the way with our continuously advancing PXI modular instrumentation powered by LabVIEW.

 

“The PXI market is growing, gaining share over rack-and-stack instruments, and National Instruments is the undeniable leader in PXI-based test and measurement equipment,” said Jessy Cavazos, industry manager for measurement and instrumentation at Frost & Sullivan. “This is not surprising considering the breadth and depth of its PXI product portfolio.”

 

Need we say more?

 

Check out www.ni.com/pxi to see how the NI PXI platform continues to lead the way for test and measurement.

We just introduced new additions to NI reconfigurable I/O (RIO) technology – a reconfigurable Camera Link frame grabber, a motion module for the NI CompactRIO platform, and six new custom brushless DC motors.

 

Ideal for advanced inspection and imaging applications, the NI PCIe-1473R frame grabber is a PC-based embedded vision board that combines FPGA technology with a Camera Link interface. The new frame grabber’s onboard FPGA can be programmed with the NI LabVIEW FPGA Module for custom image processing and analysis in real time. It also features a high-bandwidth 850 MB/s Camera Link bus to support a range of Camera Link configurations and includes Power over Camera Link (PoCL) wireless capabilities, removing the need for additional cables or external power supply.

 

For advanced motion control challenges, the NI 9502 motion drive module for CompactRIO can power brushless, stepper or brushed servo motors directly with NI C Series modules to provide a compact, highly customizable motion drive solution. With 4 A continuous/8 A peak current, multiple commutation modes and direct connectivity with our six new three-phase brushless DC motors and integration with LabVIEW FPGA, the NI 9502 helps engineers implement proprietary custom drive control algorithms, eliminating the need for custom firmware from a drive manufacturer.

 

Check out the frame grabber at www.ni.com/vision and learn more about the drive modules and motors at ni.com/motion.

NI just released the NI USRP-2920 and NI USRP-2921 instruments, which offer a new educational platform for true hands-on learning with real-world signals in university RF and communications labs. The new platform combines the NI universal software radio peripheral (USRP) hardware with LabVIEW and lab-ready course material.

 

The platform provides educators with an affordable solution that exposes students to practical application of abstract mathematical theories that have traditionally been taught using a theoretical, math-focused approach in which students derive formulas and build simulations. Students can now explore the link between abstract mathematical theory and practical implementation through hands-on experimentation with a working communications system.

 

Get the details at www.ni.com/usrp.

NI today announced the expansion of the NI Smart Camera family with seven new models and improvements including color and high-resolution options, improved processing power and IP67 ratings.

 

The new NI 177x Smart Cameras feature a 1.6 GHz Intel® Atom™ processor, which delivers processing speeds four times greater than other NI Smart Cameras, and a real-time operating system for reliability and determinism.  The cameras offer new sensor options to deliver higher resolution image acquisition, rugged mechanical housings, M12 connectors, and dust- and water-resistant lens covers that have earned the cameras an IP67 rating. They can be programmed with LabVIEW graphical programming and the NI Vision Development Module for advanced customization and integration with other National Instruments hardware.

 

Learn more at www.ni.com/smartcamera.

NI today introduced the Watchdog Agent Prognostics Toolkit for LabVIEW, which expands the capabilities of LabVIEW in machine prognostics and health management applications. The toolkit is a result of a collaboration between NI and the National Science Foundation’s Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on Intelligent Maintenance Systems at the University of Cincinnati.

 

Watchdog Agent provides a ready-to-run prognostics solution that is ideal for reporting the health status of machines, structures, components and systems. It combines the advanced signal processing capabilities of LabVIEW and the extensive analysis of the NI Sound and Vibration Measurement Suite to form a set of algorithms engineers can use to create machine and component status descriptors of operating states and failure modes. This information can be displayed on a health radar chart that shows organized health values of multiple machine components on a single display.

 

Learn more at www.ni.com/watchdogagent.

NI just announced open registration for the NI Technical Symposium, a series of events throughout North America that showcase the latest NI technologies and development techniques for engineers and scientists working with measurement and control systems.

 

Offered from October to December in 24 different cities, each NI Technical Symposium event will deliver hands-on training, new product demonstrations, technology exhibitions from National Instruments Alliance Partners and presentations from NI engineers and industry professionals. The program features a morning keynote and more than a dozen technical sessions designed to help you increase productivity, reduce costs and optimize your system’s performance.

 

Highlights from this year’s technical program include hardware-in-the-loop and real-time testing methods, RF vector signal analysis techniques, best practices for using NI LabVIEW system design software, and tips for optimizing DC measurements for speed and stability. NI engineers will also introduce you to LabVIEW 2011 and provide hands-on programming with the LabVIEW Real-Time Module. Additional product trainings cover the new one-slot NI CompactDAQ chassis and next-generation NI Single-Board RIO devices.

 

To register for an NI Technical Symposium near you, visit www.ni.com/techsym.