What is the NI Electronics Workbench Group?

Publish Date: Jan 16, 2007 | 11 Ratings | 2.82 out of 5 |  PDF

Overview

National Instruments acquired Electronics Workbench in February 2005. The acquisition enables NI to expand presence in engineering education and to develop seamless integration between test and design tools.

Welcome to the NI Electronics Workbench Group

National Instruments acquired Electronics Workbench in February 2005. The acquisition enables NI to expand presence in engineering education and to develop seamless integration between test and design tools. With LabVIEW-based virtual instrumentation and Multisim, design engineers and electronics students can easily prototype circuits in the lab and compare theory and simulated results with actual measurements. The NI Electronics Workbench Group remains committed to providing innovative, high-quality PCB design and simulation tools for both professional design and academic customers.

How does this change benefit existing Electronics Workbench users?

As part of this evolution, users will receive the benefits of the larger National Instruments organization, including:

  • Worldwide infrastructure – local sales and technical support
  • Online resources – online store, technical libraries, discussion forums
  • Product quality and innovation – increased focus on product quality and new technology
  • Integration with NI technology – increased integration with industry-standard test tools such as NI LabVIEW
  • Product purchasing and delivery – products quoted, invoiced, and shipped through NI standard systems
  • Flexible licensing – flexible professional and educational software licensing, including the new NI Academic Site License Circuits Option

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Professional Product Offering?
NI Electronics Workbench Group is committed to providing innovative, high-quality software products for PCB design and simulation. With the release of NI Multisim 10.0 and NI Ultiboard 10.0, NI introduces both a full suite of new features and a tightly integrated product line to provide more seamless, intuitive solutions for your applications.  In addition to the large number of new features, NI has maintained all existing functionality.

In the latest version, the Multicap and Ultiroute product lines have been fully incorporated into NI Electronics Workbench Group flagship software products, Multisim and Ultiboard, respectively. Complete functionality of the Multicap and Ultiroute product lines is available in the following editions of the software:

What is the Academic Product Offering?
NI also delivers the Electronics Education Platform. Comprised of NI Multisim and NI ELVIS, this platform enables educators to bring circuit theory to life in electronics courses. The organization of the educational software product line has not shifted significantly with Multisim 10.0 and Ultiboard 10.0, although NI has included a suite of new features for electronics education.

Academic products include:

  • Multisim Education
  • Multisim Education MCU Module
  • Ultiboard Education

NI is also excited to announce the new NI Academic Site License – Circuits Option, a flexible bundle of software designed for electronics education.  Call your local sales representative for a quote.

How do I activate my Electronics Workbench products/get a release code?
Version 10 products now use standard NI licensing and activation technology and can be activated easily online at ni.com/license.  Customers with existing Version 9 and earlier products can activate either online or via email.

Visit the NI Electronics Workbench Activation Guide for details about activating your software. 

What is the licensing model for the NI Electronics Workbench Group?
National Instruments provides different licensing options to meet your needs from application development to system deployment. National Instruments offers named-user licenses for development purposes, and computer-based licenses for debug and deployment purposes. Understanding these options will help you efficiently manage your software assets and get the most out of your investment.

Software Development License
Development Licenses are used for creating new applications and programs. National Instruments development licenses follow a named-user or computer-based licensing policy. A named-user license is tied to an individual user who can install the software on up to 3 business computers at any given time, in addition to a single home computer. The software may only be executing on one computer at a time. A computer-based license is tied to a single computer, with single or multiple users, and a single home computer. Software may be transferred between computers by first uninstalling it from the original computer.

Click here for more information on NI licensing options.

How do I purchase new products?
You can purchase NI Electronics Workbench Group products in two primary ways: 

Online  Academic Products  Professional Products

Phone   US/Canada: 800.263.5552    Worldwide:  Call your local NI office

How do I upgrade/migrate my existing products?
This simplest way to upgrade, migrate, or renew your existing products is to contact your local NI representative. 

Phone   US/Canada: 800.263.5552    Worldwide:  Call your local NI office

What is the NI Academic Site License Circuits Option?
NI is excited to announce the new NI Academic Site License – Circuits Option, a flexible bundle of software designed for electronics education.  It is economical bundle of flexibly licensed software designed specifically for teaching institutions. Call your local sales representative for more information and a quote.

What is the NI software service program?
National Instruments software services provide the latest NI software technology through automatic upgrades and the highest level of technical support from our Applications Engineers through phone and e-mail. You can subscribe to software service for one year for less than a single upgrade. The Standard Service Program (SSP) can be purchased for individual NI software packages, and provides Standard Service for a software license for one year.

  • Automatic software upgrades and updates
  • Access to NI Applications Engineers one-to-one via phone and e-mail for technical support
  • Free, unlimited on-demand online training

The NI Standard Service Program (SSP) replaces the Electronics Workbench Support and Upgrade program. 


Where do I go to learn more?

Professional Product Information
Academic Product Information
Purchasing Questions  Call 800.263.5552 in the US/Canada or your local NI office

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