National Instruments Aust & NZ announces that the NI Instrument Driver Network (IDNet) has reached a new milestone of 10,000 instrument drivers for automating standalone instrumentation.
NI’s IDNet, a large collection of free open-source instrument drivers now has over 10,000 drivers for automating more than 100 instrument types from over 350 instrument vendors including Agilent, Tektronix, Keithley, Rohde & Schwarz, Anritsu and LeCroy.
The IDNet enables access to free NI-certified instrument driver downloads for NI LabVIEW system design software, NI LabWindows/CVI and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET. IDNet instrument drivers simplify instrument control across a variety of buses including GPIB, USB, PXI, PCI, Ethernet, LXI and RS232.
NI also released LabVIEW Instrument Driver Development Studio, a free tool for creating LabVIEW Plug and Play instrument drivers that will enable engineers to easily develop their own drivers and upload them to IDNet.
LabVIEW Instrument Driver Development Studio provides a powerful and flexible platform that speeds up development through functional SCPI command templates for common instrument types and automatically generates LabVIEW source code for the instrument.
Engineers can easily develop consistent instrument drivers by loading and modifying the source code from an existing driver and create sophisticated driver architectures with the drag-and-drop interactive user interface. NI can then certify the instrument driver to verify that it meets established standards.
According to Ernest Clifford, senior systems engineer at Alpha Research and Technology, they typically check the NI Instrument Network for instrument driver availability prior to selecting equipment for purchase instead of creating drivers themselves.
Ray Almgren, vice president of core platforms product marketing at National Instrument adds that NI has been the industry’s preferred provider for free open-source LabVIEW Plug and Play instrument drivers for over 20 years, with IDNet now providing over 10,000 instrument drivers for automating standalone instrumentation.