System Design for the 21st Century
National Instruments Cofounder, President, and CEO Dr. James Truchard
National Instruments Cofounder, President, and CEO Dr. James Truchard kicks off NIWeek 2012, the annual global conference on graphical system design. He discusses the past, present, and future of software-designed instrumentation.
NIWeek 2012 Day 1 Opening Remarks
NI Vice President of Marketing Eric Starkloff
NI Vice President of Marketing Eric Starkloff talks about how graphical system design and NI LabVIEW accelerate innovation, empowering engineers and scientists to push the limits of what is possible using smaller teams in less time.
David Fuller and Simon Hogg
David Fuller and Simon Hogg introduce NI LabVIEW 2012. With renewed intensity on raising your productivity by improving the overall quality, LabVIEW 2012 provides both a radically innovative and high-quality production-ready platform. See the new features of the software, including built-in training resources, new templates, and sample projects, and get the latest from the Idea Exchange.
LabVIEW 2012 Robotics Simulator
David Fuller and Andy Chang
David Fuller and Andy Chang describe the new NI LabVIEW Robotics Simulator using the KUKA youBot robot. With this new addition to LabVIEW, you can import CAD models and dynamically simulate robotics systems directly in the LabVIEW environment to achieve extremely efficient prototyping.
Stand-Alone NI CompactDAQ and Smart Car Track Logger
Stefanie Breyer and Tom Walling
Stefanie Breyer and Tom Walling describe the new stand-alone NI CompactDAQ chassis. Going beyond simple data logging, this new rugged chassis extends the platform to include powerful onboard processing and either Windows or real-time operating systems. This particular demo uses the stand-alone chassis as a headless in-vehicle data logger for capturing CAN data, accelerometer data, video, chassis strain, and engine diagnostics while simultaneously performing combustion analysis of each cylinder using the Drivven Combustion Analysis Toolkit.
Smart Car Engine Control
Chris Washington and Stephen Barrett
Chris Washington and Stephen Barrett describe how you can combine NI LabVIEW and CompactRIO with new Drivven C Series modules to measure engine conditions such as cylinder position, combustion performance, and power requested. Using these measurements, the software makes real-time adjustments to engine control parameters such as the amount of fuel. This helps engineers optimize engine performance around a combination of goals for power, fuel economy, and emissions.
Embedded Software Quality Management
Meg Selfe, vice president of Complex and Embedded Systems for IBM’s Rational Group
Meg Selfe, vice president of Complex and Embedded Systems for IBM’s Rational Group, describes the rapidly increasing role of software in embedded systems. This changing product development landscape allows for significant innovation while introducing significant risk. Validation, test, and traceability of requirements have become critical competencies to ensure you are building what you intended.
Dynapower Power Inverter
Kyle Clark, advanced systems engineering manager at Dynapower Company
Kyle Clark, advanced systems engineering manager at Dynapower Company, explores the latest trends in power and energy management. With the NI Single-Board RIO platform and the new NI General Purpose Inverter Controller, Dynapower quickly iterates on inverter designs to get to market faster with a higher quality product.
OptiMedica Catalys Eye Surgical Device
OptiMedica Cofounder Mike Wiltberger
NIWeek veteran and OptiMedica Cofounder Mike Wiltberger describes the latest innovative medical device from OptiMedica based on NI LabVIEW and graphical system design methods. The Catalys uses NI R Series multifunction RIO hardware to control femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery. This provides a reproducible, noninvasive technique to replace the least predictable and most technically demanding steps of conventional cataract procedures.
SELEX Sistemi Integrati Passive Radar
Dr. Riccardo Mancinelli
Dr. Riccardo Mancinelli describes a passive radar system from SELEX Systems Integration. The graphical system design approach that combines NI LabVIEW system design software and reconfigurable hardware helps engineers develop complex applications faster than ever before. The performance of the NI PXI platform coupled with LabVIEW FPGA-based hardware like NI FlexRIO provides world-class instrumentation and processing power for high-performance embedded applications.
New PXI Streaming Technologies
Charles Schroeder and David Nosbusch
Charles Schroeder and David Nosbusch describe the latest PXI products. Since inventing PXI back in 1997, NI has been at the forefront of innovation for the automated test platform, leading with design advancements in processing power and bus bandwidth and incorporating the latest in FPGA and converter technologies. This year, NI introduces new PXI controllers, PXI chassis, and FPGA products using the newest PC technology.
Software-Designed Instrumentation—Vector Signal Transceiver
Charles Schroeder, Erik Johnson, and Ian Wong
Charles Schroeder, Erik Johnson, and Ian Wong describe a brand new class of RF instrument. For the PC industry, Moore’s law has led to better performance, smaller size, lower cost and power, better integration with other devices, and the ability of the user to customize devices through software. However, in the test and measurement industry, most companies have focused only on increasing performance. With the introduction of the vector signal transceiver, NI has redefined instrumentation and increased performance while harnessing the other benefits of Moore’s law. This new category of RF instrumentation combines an RF signal generator, RF signal analyzer, digital I/O, and NI LabVIEW FPGA.
Qualcomm Atheros and the NI Vector Signal Transceiver
Doug Johnson, director of engineering at Qualcomm Atheros
The new NI PXIe-5644R vector signal transceiver is a unique and compelling solution to test challenges. Because it features an onboard FPGA, you can control the digital interface to your chip simultaneously with the RF signal generator and analyzer. The device under test control and data processing can take place within the instrument itself rather than requiring transfers back and forth over the bus to the controller. Doug Johnson, director of engineering at Qualcomm Atheros, describes how over the past year, this product has helped Qualcomm reduce test times further, giving the company a 20X improvement over its previous PXI solution and a 200X improvement in test times over its original equipment.
Eric Starkloff closes the opening day keynote for NIWeek 2012. Visit the NI website to learn about all the new products introduced today.