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NI LabVIEW 2009 released

New version simplifies parallel programming, distributed wireless sensor networks, RF testing and real-time math.

August 3, 2009   by Design Engineering staff

National Instruments announced LabVIEW 2009, the latest version of the graphical system design software platform for control, test and embedded system development. According to the company, the new version simplifies the development of parallel hardware architectures with new virtualization technology.

LabView’s new NI Real-Time Hypervisor software lets users run Windows XP and LabVIEW Real-Time side by side on the same controller, partitioning the processor cores among the two operating systems. The Real-Time Hypervisor works with dual- and quad-core NI PXI controllers as well as the NI Industrial Controller.

Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) make it possible to deploy distributed measurements across vast physical hardware systems. LabVIEW provides the ability to configure the new NI WSN platform with a drag-and-drop programming environment for performing analysis as well as extracting and presenting measurement data. Using the new LabVIEW Wireless Sensor Network Module Pioneer, users can program individual NI WSN measurement nodes to extend node battery life, increase acquisition performance and create custom sensor interfaces, the company says.

LabVIEW’s NI WLAN Measurement Suite complies with IEEE 802.11 a/b/g standards and performs measurements more than five times faster than traditional box instruments, the company says. In addition to the WLAN Measurement Suite, the WiMAX, GPS and MIMO solutions for LabVIEW provide the ability to test more wireless standards with NI modular instruments.

LabVIEW 2009 also features built-in math libraries that contain more than 1,000 functions ranging from low-level, point-by-point signal processing to high-level, configuration-based implementations, which can be deployed to real-time embedded devices. The LabVIEW MathScript RT Module provides access to real-time math–the implementation and deployment of mathematical algorithms to deterministic operating systems. The module also gives users the ability to incorporate their own existing .m files using interactive user interfaces and real-world I/O and easily deploy them to real-time hardware for faster system prototyping.

In the future, the company says it will adopt an annual release cycle for LabVIEW, with version names based on the year of release, to solidify the schedule, stability and feature scope of each new release.

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