National Instruments (NI) released its latest version of its flagship software for control, test, and embedded system development. You can use virtualization technology to reduce system cost and size, deploy distributed custom measurements across hardware platforms with the new NI wireless sensor network platform, and streamline algorithm design and deployment to embedded systems. You will also be able to create digital prototypes with integrated SolidWorks mechatronics tools.
LabVIEW 2009 features more than 1,000 functions in built-in libraries that can be deployed to real-time embedded devices.
Using the software, you will be able to run multiple operating systems on the same multi-core processing hardware to build more efficient systems. A new NI real-time Hypervisor tool combines the LabVIEW real-time module with general-purpose operating system capabilities. You can also run Windows XP and LabVIEW on a single controller. Hypervisor works with dual and quad core NI PXI controllers and the NI 3110 industrial controller.
The software touts a new NI wireless sensor network platform.
The field-programmable gate array (FPGA) computations run in megahertz ranges for fast control, signal processing, and interface with digital protocols. In addition, improvements have been made to deploy wireless sensor network (WSN) to perform distributed measurements across a system. The new LabVIEW Wireless Sensor Network Module Pioneer can help you program individual NI WSN measurement nodes.
FPGA computations perform signal processing and interface with digital protocols.
NI collaborated with SolidWorks on a mechatronics tool that helps you work together to lower the cost and risk of machine design. The integration of LabVIEW and SolidWorks software facilitates digital prototyping so that you will be able to design, optimize, validate, and visualize machines and motion before building prototypes.
Built-in math libraries contain more than 1,000 functions. The MathScript tool expands access to real-time math. It can help you incorporate existing files using interactive user interfaces and real-world I/O to deploy them to hardware for faster system prototyping.
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