07 Aug 2012
National Instruments Launches LabVIEW 2012
At their conference, NIWeek held in Austin Texas, National Instruments announced the launch of an upgrade to their LabVIEW Graphical Design System software. The new LabVIEW 2012 includes many new features that they say will considerably improve its capability and the level of productivity that can be achieved.
Starting with the idea of virtual instrumentation when LabVIEW was launched in 1986 and being called a graphical measurement system, the system has now become an industry standard platform. While still retaining the original functionality it has now been considerably enhanced and developed to become a complete graphical system design environment. This enables system design and test to be properly managed while offering speed and efficiency. The system design aspects are of particular importance these days as rigorous management of the design parameters and their testing is required for proper product validation.
The new system offers new features including the provision of recommended application architectures designed to save time, ensure scalability and lower maintenance costs. There are new features to assist easier programming as well as assistance to improve programming style. There is also an improved training and “Skills Guide” that has been incorporated.
Further stability improvements have been developed along with environment enhancements which have resulted from customer feedback so that productivity can be improved. Part of this has been an automated opt-in method of reporting bugs found by users.
In addition to this, LabVIEW 2012 also supports a large portfolio of new hardware products showcasing NI’s commitment to expanding platform capabilities and enabling cutting-edge systems
“Building a system fast is important, but it’s equally important to build it right – that means using solid architectures and proven development practices,” said Dr. James Truchard, President, CEO and Co-founder of National Instruments. “New features and resources in LabVIEW 2012 promote training and drive development practices to help our customers deliver high-performance and high-quality systems in less time, thereby minimising development and maintenance costs.”
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