updated 10:25 am EDT, Tue August 8, 2006
NI LabVIEW 8.20 released
National Instruments today released NI LabVIEW 8.20, the 20th anniversary edition of the LabVIEW graphical system design platform for test, control and embedded system development. The LabVIEW anniversary edition introduces general compatibility with MATLAB software, new FPGA-based custom hardware design wizards for building industrial controllers, and updates to the NI Modulation Toolkit for LabVIEW allowing engineers to develop models to simulate communications systems and evaluate parameter as well as design decisions. LabVIEW is priced at $1,200 for a base edition, $2,400 for a full installation, $4,100 for the professional version, and $4,300 for the NI Developer Suite. The software requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later.
LabVIEW 8.20 delivers an open design platform that embraces multiple design tools and uses powerful, custom measurement capabilities to streamline product development, according to NI. With LabVIEW 8.20, engineers can:
- Use MathScript to integrate m-file scripts created using the MATLAB development environment.
- Create custom data acquisition devices with the new LabVIEW FPGA Wizard.
- Integrate third-party plant models from Dynasim and Plexim with the LabVIEW Simulation Module, a tool for designing and implementing control simulation models.
- Add Windows CE-based HMIs to measurement and control systems with the LabVIEW Touch Panel Module.
- Improve execution speeds of PID algorithms by up to 14 times with the LabVIEW PID Control Toolkit and execution speeds for advanced control algorithms by up to nine times with the LabVIEW Control Design Toolkit.
- Build FPGA-based industrial measurement and control systems with the LabVIEW FPGA Wizard.
- Create more than 2,000 shared variables or tags at a time to access I/O with the LabVIEW Datalogging and Supervisory Control (DSC) Module.
- Use orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) examples for Wi-Fi and 4G cellular applications with the NI Modulation Toolkit.
- Prototype communications systems with the intermediate frequency reconfigurable I/O (IF-RIO) device.
- Design and maintain large test systems with new object-oriented programming tools.
- Create advanced user interfaces with OpenGL-based 3-D visualization.
- Automatically generate interfaces for .NET Web services and DLLs with new wizards.