Instrument Driver Network (IDNet)
Instrument drivers offer engineers and scientists quality software support for various instruments to simplify programming and to improve overall ease-of-use and application development.
With more than 2,200 instrument drivers from over 150 vendors, the Instrument Driver Network is the industry's largest source for LabVIEW and LabWindows/CVI instrument drivers. Each month IDNet hosts tens of thousands of visitors and has over 5,000 instrument drivers downloaded.
In 1989, National Instruments began distributing instrument drivers on floppy disks to engineers and scientists wanted to easily automate their labs and processes by quickly programming and controlling their instruments via a computer.
Due to the high demand for quality drivers and the need for instant access to drivers, National Instruments created the Instrument Driver Network, IDNet, in 1996. Through IDNet, individuals can easily find the driver that they need online, download it, and then immediately incorporate it into their applications.
IDNet is a main component of the National Instrument corporate Web site and community site, Developer Zone, a technical information exchange about measurement and automation issues. In addition, the Instrument Driver Network is promoted to thousands of engineers through advertisements in trade publications like NASA Tech Briefs, R&D Magazine, as well as through direct mail and additional marketing channels.
IDNet features a searchable database of instrument drivers, categorized by company, instrument type, driver type, application development environment, and instrument interface. Engineers and scientist repeatedly visit IDNet for the latest information on instrument control and drivers.