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NI product raft broadens user scope

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NATIONAL Instruments has introduced over 200 new products over the past year, delegates to NI Technical Symposium 2006, held this month in Sydney, were told.

Coupled with LabView 8, NI’s latest version of its graphical development software tool, the development of distributed systems has been dramatically simplified, said Matej Kranjc, NI Oceania manager.

“Engineers and scientists face increasingly complex application needs,” said Kranjc. “With its flexible, open platform, LabView continues to deliver productivity. Overall deployment ranges from desktop PCs to complex distributed systems.”

Among the raft of new products are: the NI 5922 FlexII ADC (analogue-to-digital converter) technology, resolution technology inside the NI PXI-5922 digitiser; the NI 4071 7.5 digit multimeter; MXI-Express (which delivers bandwidth of up to 110 MB/s to PXI systems); laptop control of PXI (PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation), a PC-based platform for measurement and automation systems; PCI/PXI Express; the new CompactRio programmable automation controller (PAC) and R Series modules; 30 new USB products; and LabView compatible human-machine interfaces (HMIs) and industrial touch panels.

Keynote speaker at the symposium was Professor Branko Celler, head of the School of Electrical Engineering at the University of New South Wales.

Celler spoke about the research being undertaken at Australia’s largest biomedical research laboratory, using NI technology. This includes classifying movement using triaxial accelerometers; developing an artificial heart (implantable rotary blood pump); “endeavouring to do for the eye what Cochlear did for the ear”, by developing a “bionic” eye; and research into diabetes management, using the Internet and triaxial accelerometers.

Outlining the new technologies and capabilities of LabView 8, NI field engineer Jeremy Taylor highlighted its new major components, including the ability to manage code more efficiently, improved source code control and code generation, new DAQ (data acquisition) features, new XY graphic extensions and new debugger codes.

Industry user solutions were presented by Chris Giannaras (MeT), Andrew Madry (Madry Technologies), Elnaz Khan (Nu-lec Industries), Ian Jonhston (Comalco) and Ralph Dick (NVSI).

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