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NATIONAL Instruments has announced the establishment of the LabVIEW Instrument Driver Advisory Board to guide the architectural and development standards of instrument connectivity and instrument drivers for NI LabVIEW users.

The nine-company advisory board, which includes Flextronics, Philips and Rockwell Collins, supplies and interprets customer feedback to focus on usability, flexibility and performance of LabVIEW instrument drivers.

The board will investigate industry-leading technology and ensure LabVIEW instrument drivers provide maximum benefit to the end user.

The board also contributes to establishing standard LabVIEW drivers as part of the Instrument Driver Developer Program (IDDP), which enables customers to integrate LabVIEW applications with a variety of instruments using little or no programming.

IDDP members use the advisory board standards to submit instrument drivers to the Instrument Driver Network.

The advisory board focuses on native LabVIEW source-code instrument drivers that are easier to use and develop.

The advisory board holds regular meetings and conducts quarterly conference calls to create a consistent review process and ensure continuous improvement in LabVIEW instrument connectivity.

The board creates consistent driver architectures; publishes high quality, user-focused instrument driver standards; defines new instrument driver development tools; evaluates new technologies including buses and communication protocols and provides driver development guidance to IDDP members based on customer feedback.

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