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Flagship Spartan-6 FPGAs Built Into New NI Devices

August 8, 2011 10:05 am | News | Comments

Xilinx announced at NIWeek 2011 that National Instruments has expanded its NI Reconfigurable I/O (RIO) advanced control and monitoring product portfolio with the introduction of the highest performance and first multicore NI CompactRIO systems and smallest NI Single-Board RIO devices built using Xilinx flagship Spartan-6 FPGAs.

Increasing Complexity of Devices Under Test (DUTs) - Boom or Doom for the Test Engineer

June 27, 2011 7:06 am | News | Comments

Frost & Sullivan's Industry Director Jessy Cavazos and Industry Analyst Prathima Bommakanti,...

The benefits of Real-Time Test in Embedded System Design

October 21, 2010 5:31 am | by Richard McDonell, NI DEveloper Zone - | Blogs | Comments

As embedded devices become more ubiquitous and complex, embedded design and test engineers are...

My SolidWorks World Sessions - Day 3, 10:30am to 12:00pm

January 25, 2010 3:54 am | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Blogs | Comments

The Wednesday general session is always "Sneak Preview" day at SolidWorks World, and you'll get a...

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Software Supports Autonomous Ground Robotic System Development

January 15, 2010 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

National Instruments announced LabVIEW Robotics 2009, a new version of its graphical system design software that provides a standard development platform for designing robotic and autonomous control systems.

The ECN Roundtable - Multicore Adoption

December 21, 2009 11:43 am | Articles | Comments

This month's question, "What is the biggest challenge facing the adoption of multicore processors by the engineering community for more applications?" was answered by people from Texas Instruments, Freescale, The Mathworks, and National Instruments.

Driving a Car with an iPhone Part 2 - How To Waterloo Labs Episode 03

November 19, 2009 6:57 am | by ecnmagazine | Videos | Comments

A group of engineers from National Instruments, called Waterloo Labs, created an iPhone app that can drive a car and give a detailed explanation of how they designed and implemented our control system.


Driving a Car with an iPhone Part 1 - Overview Waterloo Labs Episode 03

November 19, 2009 6:57 am | by ecnmagazine | Videos | Comments

A group of engineers from National Instruments, called Waterloo Labs, created an iPhone app that can drive a car and turned an Oldsmobile Delta 88' into a remote control car in just a few weeks.

Practical Considerations for Wireless Sensor Networks and Mesh Networking

September 22, 2009 7:25 am | by Robert Jackson, Wireless and Energy Product Manager, National Instruments | Articles | Comments

In Crossing the Chasm, Geoffrey A. Moore introduced the Technology Adoption Lifecycle.  This curve highlights a chasm that exists between visionaries who are early adopters of technology and pragmatists who wait for proven technologies and products.  For technologies to “cross the chasm” one key component are products with defined product specifications and system deployment guidelines.

Ethernet Adoption Encourages Open Protocols

August 30, 2007 5:49 am | by Robert Jackson, PAC and HMI product manager, National Instruments, and Alex McCarthy, instrument control senior product manager, National Instruments | Articles | Comments

Engineers and system designers can exchange information around the world using instant messaging, Web browsers, and e-mail protocols based on Ethernet. The impact on our daily jobs is part of a larger trend described in the book The World Is Flat by Thomas Friedman. Friedman describes how broad Ethernet adoption, combined with open protocols and widely adopted platforms such as the World Wide Web, causes a dramatic shift in the global economy. In his words, the global economy is becoming “flat.” In addition to delivering data in the global economy, Ethernet is well suited for distributed test and industrial automation systems. New Ethernet standards have increased bandwidth from 10 Mb/s in 1983 to 1 Gb/s in 1998. It will take several years for the new 10GBASE-T standard (2006) to reach comparable price points with the currently deployed 1GBASE-T and 100BASE-T standards. With Ethernet, as well as PCI Express and USB, industrial automation and test systems can operate with higher performance at lower costs.

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