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Top Stories October 3, 2005
Issue at a Glance
Company and Product News
The Journey to Distributed Intelligence
NI-DAQmx 8 and LabVIEW 8 Save Time, System Setup Costs
New Digitizer Is Fastest NI Data Acquisition Device
Develop Synchronized DAQ Systems with NI PCI-1588
Race Competitors Use NI Products for Autonomous Vehicles

Development Resources
Exploring the Core Technical Advantages of LabVIEW
LabVIEW: An Integrated Platform Driving Productivity
LabVIEW 8 Real-Time Module Boosts Productivity
DMA Improves LabVIEW FPGA I/O Throughput by 50X
Tutorial: Pulse-Width Modulation

Events
Webcast: What's New in LabVIEW 8
Webcast: What's New in LabVIEW 8 Real-Time
Test-Drive LabVIEW 8 at NI Technical Symposium and NIDays
Webcast: Instrumentation-Class Performance with M Series Data Acquisition
Webcast: Introduction to New PXI Remote Controllers

Support
Get Answers to Your LabVIEW 8 Questions
Example Code: Running Multiple Tasks in LabVIEW
Example Code: Retriggering Analog Output Waveform Generation
Example Code: Reference Clock Synchronization with PXI
Using LabVIEW and NI-IMAQ to Get 16 Bits of Data



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National Instruments LabVIEW 8 Is Here!
You now can order LabVIEW 8. This major upgrade to the graphical development platform introduces distributed intelligence - a powerful suite of new capabilities for easily designing, distributing, and synchronizing intelligent devices and systems.
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LabVIEW 8 Delivers Distributed Intelligence
What comes to mind when you hear distributed system? Sharing processing tasks with a computer grid? E-commerce systems processing global orders? Wireless sensor networks monitoring the status of a building? All of these examples share a fundamental theme - distributed systems using multiple processors to solve a problem.
Learn more.
Company and Product News
The Journey to Distributed Intelligence
More than 20 years have passed since NI engineers began work on the first version of LabVIEW. While many versions and updates have evolved LabVIEW from a single product to a true platform, the basic motivation behind LabVIEW is still the same - make engineers and scientists more productive.
Learn more.

NI-DAQmx 8 and LabVIEW 8 Save Time, System Setup Costs
The latest version of NI-DAQmx, the NI powerful data acquisition (DAQ) driver software and the core of its measurement services software shipped with each piece of NI multifunction DAQ hardware, is now available. With NI-DAQmx 8 driver software, engineers using all NI-DAQmx hardware can take advantage of the powerful upgrades in the NI LabVIEW 8 graphical platform for design, control, and test.
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New Digitizer Is Fastest NI Data Acquisition Device
You now can use the National Instruments PXI-5114 dual-channel, 8-bit digitizer - also known as a PC-based oscilloscope - for a broad range of high-speed validation and manufacturing test applications. This digitizer provides 250 MS/s real-time and 5 GS/s equivalent-time or random-interleaved sampling with 125 MHz bandwidth for general-purpose time-domain digitization.
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Develop Synchronized DAQ Systems with NI PCI-1588
Use the new National Instruments PCI-1588 interface to synchronize clocks and events on multiple distributed devices with submicrosecond precision using the IEEE 1588 precision time protocol.
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Race Competitors Use NI Products for Autonomous Vehicles
Among the vehicles competing in the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge Event qualifying rounds were three built by student teams incorporating National Instruments products - including NI LabVIEW software, PXI modular hardware, Compact FieldPoint distributed I/O, and Compact Vision System hardware. The event, scheduled for Oct. 8, subjects qualifying vehicles to a challenging desert race route without any human interaction.
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Development Resources

Exploring the Core Technical Advantages of LabVIEW
NI LabVIEW is an open development platform that has gained acceptance in many different application areas and industries. Why? At its core, the LabVIEW graphical programming language has helped thousands of engineers and scientists develop complex measurement and control applications quickly and easily.
Learn more.

LabVIEW: An Integrated Platform Driving Productivity
The NI LabVIEW development platform offers technical advantages to many different application areas and industries. A wide family of add-on modules and toolkits have extended the general approach to solve application-specific challenges. The platform spreads across three different horizontal application areas: automated test and measurement, industrial measurement and control, and embedded design and prototyping.
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LabVIEW 8 Real-Time Module Boosts Productivity
The NI LabVIEW 8 Real-Time Module provides a leap in productivity with significant new features that accelerate distributed, real-time application development. The new LabVIEW Project makes it easy to manage real-time targets, while the new LabVIEW shared variable dramatically simplifies communication. Other new features give you more flexibility and timing control in developing your deterministic applications.
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DMA Improves LabVIEW FPGA I/O Throughput by 50X
With the new NI LabVIEW 8 FPGA Module, you can create custom hardware without any VHDL or other low-level design language experience. The LabVIEW FPGA Module now includes direct memory access, integration with the new LabVIEW Project, and more than 15 reconfigurable I/O targets for developing higher performance FPGA applications more easily than before.
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Tutorial: Pulse-Width Modulation
Learn how you can use NI data acquisition hardware and software in control applications with pulse-width modulation (PWM) signals. Go through the steps of developing a LabVIEW example for creating a continuous pulse and see how the example is modified to include a varying duty cycle and a start trigger for PWM.
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Events

Webcast: What's New in LabVIEW 8
Explore the new features for test, measurement, and control applications in LabVIEW 8, the latest version of NI LabVIEW. These include new tools and features for code management, team-based development, troubleshooting, code distribution to other PCs, benchtop instrument control, and deployment to real-time and other LabVIEW targets.
View this Webcast.

Webcast: What's New in LabVIEW 8 Real-Time
Learn why the LabVIEW 8 Real-Time Module is the most significant upgrade since the initial release. Discover how the new LabVIEW project and shared variable dramatically reduce development time of real-time applications, making it simpler than ever before to create reliable, deterministic applications.
View this Webcast.

Test-Drive LabVIEW 8 at NI Technical Symposium and NIDays
Get your hands on LabVIEW 8 and attend a variety of sessions that include technology overviews, advanced tips and techniques, hands-on training, and the latest in virtual instrumentation. Register today to attend NI Technical Symposium at one of 26 cities in the United States and Mexico or NIDays at one of 84 cities in 40 countries.
Learn more and register for this event.

Webcast: Instrumentation-Class Performance with M Series Data Acquisition
See how NI used commercially available technology, in addition to custom designed components, to deliver M Series data acquisition with more performance, more value, and more I/O.
View this Webcast.

Webcast: Introduction to New PXI Remote Controllers
See demonstrations of new PXI remote controllers during this Webcast. Laptop control of PXI with the ExpressCard and PCMCIA CardBus interfaces provides portable and mobile solutions for applications such as in-vehicle data logging and field tests. MXI-Express delivers the throughput of PCI Express to PXI for high-speed and high-channel-count applications.
View this Webcast.


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Get Answers to Your LabVIEW 8 Questions
Check out the frequently asked questions about LabVIEW 8, including which upgraded LabVIEW add-ons are available, how to find example programs using the new features available in LabVIEW 8, pricing questions, and more.
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Example Code: Running Multiple Tasks in LabVIEW
This example shows different approaches to designing an application. The attached library contains three top-level VIs that accomplish three tasks each - acquiring data, analyzing data, and presenting data. The acquired data is simulated, so you do not need a data acquisition device to run these VIs.
Download this VI.

Example Code: Retriggering Analog Output Waveform Generation
Learn how to retrigger an analog output generation with the two onboard DAQ-STC counters of a data acquisition device. Unlike reconfiguring the waveform generation between each trigger, this method uses the counters to achieve hardware retriggering. Every trigger results in n waveform updates.
Download this VI.

Example Code: Reference Clock Synchronization with PXI
This VI (virtual instrument) demonstrates how to phase-lock both an arbitrary waveform generator (ARB) and a digital oscilloscope (digitizer) with the 10 MHz PXI backplane clock. Using NI-SCOPE and NI-FGEN Express VIs to configure ARBs and digitizers, this clock is an easy reference with much more accurate generated and acquired signals.
Download this VI.

Using LabVIEW and NI-IMAQ to Get 16 Bits of Data
Learn how to use the IMAQ Histogram and IMAQ Histograph VIs to get 16 bits of data when creating your vision applications. An example VI is attached to this KnowledgeBase document.
Learn more.



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