Top Reasons Educators Teach with NI ELVIS

Publish Date: Jun 19, 2013 | 25 Ratings | 3.68 out of 5 |  PDF

Overview

The NI Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS) is a modular engineering educational laboratory platform used by educators around the world. Developed specifically for student use, this rugged product combines 12 measurement instruments into one form factor to enable students to easily learn concepts in circuit theory, controls, telecommunications, and measurements with a hands-on approach.

In this article we will look at the unique features of NI ELVIS that has made it a complete learning solution for laboratories around the world.

Table of Contents

  1. Rugged, Durable Teaching Platform Built for Education
  2. Twelve (12) Instruments in One Integrated Platform
  3. Complete Circuits Teaching Solution with NI Multisim
  4. Complete Controls Teaching Solution
  5. Teaching Multiple Disciplines with NI ELVIS
  6. Enable Remote and Distance Education with NI ELVIS
  7. Powered by Industry Relevant Technology
  8. Built and Supported by National Instruments

1. Rugged, Durable Teaching Platform Built for Education

NI ELVIS was developed specifically for educators with the purpose of enabling students to learn through a hands-on educational approach. This is made possible through a compact design that integrates all measurement instruments into a single platform that are accessed and controlled through computer-based panels. NI ELVIS connects to a computer through USB and comes with a detachable breadboard, meaning NI ELVIS is immediately ready for students to define circuits and take their first measurement.  

Students get measurements in an intuitive manner by (1) setting up the plant or circuit on NI ELVIS and (2) viewing the measurement data on a PC/laptop monitor through virtual instrumentation.

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2. Twelve (12) Instruments in One Integrated Platform

NI ELVIS includes 12 of the most commonly used laboratory instruments in a single hardware platform. Educators do not need to purchase multiple instruments but can instead access all of the following:

  1. Oscilloscope
  2. Digital Multimeter
  3. Function Generator
  4. Variable Power Supply
  5. Dynamic Signal Analyzer
  6. Bode Analyzer
  7. 2 Wire Current-Voltage Analyzer
  8. 3 Wire Current-Voltage Analyzer
  9. Arbitrary Waveform Generator
  10. Digital Reader
  11. Digital Writer
  12. Impedance Analyzer

Each of these instruments is accessed via soft front panels that are launched on a computer screen, while the NI ELVIS measurements are captured via a USB connection. 

Learn more about the NI ELVIS instruments available here.

 

 

 

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3. Complete Circuits Teaching Solution with NI Multisim

NI ELVIS is one part of a complete solution that helps educators to teach circuits from theory, to homework, to simulation and finally to laboratory. NI ELVIS is fully integrated with the NI Multisim circuit teaching environment that combines circuit drawing tools, with advanced SPICE simulation and pedagogical features. This combination facilitates student comprehension in analog, digital and power electronics. The NI solution bridges the traditional divide between theory and laboratory by simulating circuits in Multisim and then correlating measurements taken in NI ELVIS in a single instrument interface. Students can investigate the difference between theoretical and real in one place to gain a strong foundation in theory. Integration includes:

  1. Courseware: Textbooks and laboratories
  2. 3D NI ELVIS breadboarding view
  3. Integrated NI ELVIS instruments in Multisim

Teach analog, digital and power electronics across Electrical, Mechanical, Biomedical and Physics curriculum.

Follow an Example of How NI ELVIS and NI Multisim Teach Electronics Here

 

 

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4. Complete Controls Teaching Solution

The NI ELVIS modular architecture means educators can remove the breadboard and expand into controls with specially developed plug-in board from Quanser. Quanser is a worldwide leader in academic controls training plants, and they have invested in extending their teaching products to NI ELVIS. Quanser offers a wide range of plug-in boards that teach a wide variety of controls topics including the motor control, HVAC systems, vertical take-off and landing, mechatronics and the classic inverted pendulum problem. Each expansion board includes courseware to teach controls across Electrical, Mechanical, Mechatronics and Physics curriculum.

View videos on the various Quanser plants available for NI ELVIS

 

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5. Teaching Multiple Disciplines with NI ELVIS

Alongside controls, NI ELVIS extends its use into other key application areas including Telecommunications, Microcontrollers, Green Energy and Embedded developed by leading companies such as Emona, Freescale and Vernier. Each of these plug-in boards include complete courseware for hands-on laboratories. With the single NI ELVIS platform on laboratory can be used for countless engineering projects and labs spanning engineering departments.

Learn About All the Courses Taught with NI ELVIS

 

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6. Enable Remote and Distance Education with NI ELVIS

NI ELVIS has been used heavily by educators and instructors as a part of programs that teach engineering to students over varying geographic region. The underlying infrastructure of NI ELVIS is based upon the NI LabVIEW graphical programming language can be connected to web-based applications so that measurements can be taken on a NI ELVIS board anywhere in the world through custom developed LabVIEW/web applications. Examples of this include iLabs (at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

Learn More About NI ELVIS Used in Remote Education 

 

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7. Powered by Industry Relevant Technology

NI ELVIS is built upon technology students will encounter in their engineering careers. The 12 NI ELVIS instruments are built in the NI LabVIEW graphical programming language that provides students an intuitive set of controls to visualize and analyze experimental data. LabVIEW is used in countless applications across the world to deploy measurement and control systems.

Integrated into NI ELVIS is a built in NI Data Acquisition (DAQ) device which gathers accurate measurement data. DAQ devices are used throughout industry to gather electrical and physical phenomenon such as voltage, current, temperature and pressure, and with LabVIEW, each of these can visualized and analyzed on a computer.

In the circuits teaching space, NI ELVIS integrated with NI Multisim which is powered by industry-standard Berkeley SPICE. SPICE is the standard language that engineers use to simulate the behavior of electronic components such as passives, operational amplifiers, diodes and other integrated circuits.

Read about Industrial Solutions Developed with NI LabVIEW Across Different Applications

 

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8. Built and Supported by National Instruments

Since 1976, National Instruments has equipped engineers and scientists with tools that accelerate productivity, innovation, and discovery. Tools like LabVIEW and NI ELVIS have also equipped educators and students with the powerful tools for teaching, learning and research.


NI ELVIS is backed by a host of resources, training modules and technical support options to ensure you are able to successfully teach students theory fundamental to their engineering degrees.

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