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National Instruments CEO gives Keynote Address at NSF Workshop

NI CEO gives Keynote Address at National Science Foundation Workshop

NEWS RELEASE – Oct. 19, 2006 – Dr. James Truchard, CEO, president and cofounder of National Instruments, gave the keynote address Oct. 16 at the National Science Foundation-sponsored Workshop on Cyber-Physical Systems in Austin, Texas. Key academic and industry researchers gathered to examine this new government research area involving computer-based systems that exhibit a deeply integrated, real-time interaction between computer and physical components. Other companies represented at the workshop included Microsoft Research, General Motors Research and Development, Ford Motor Co. and the United Technologies Research Center.

Truchard discussed cyber-physical system design and programming, including technologies for distributed control and sensing using graphical system design tools. He also gave a preview of future technologies for cyber-physical system design and showed examples of LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT and wireless sensing devices. He emphasized the importance of programming heterogeneous multiprocessor computer systems, which are key to controlling these types of systems, so that they meet concurrency, responsiveness, power, performance and reliability requirements.

Furthermore, Truchard showed how the National Instruments involvement in physical systems began in test and measurement with the company’s graphical software development tools and modular I/O products. With the NI approach, engineers and scientists were able to quickly design, prototype and deploy custom systems. That approach has naturally evolved into the design and control of embedded systems with the company’s LabVIEW graphical programming environment and real-time FPGA-based hardware platforms.

“Domain experts performing algorithmic engineering will drive the development of cyber-physical systems and make them available to the science and engineering masses,” Truchard said. “United States competitiveness in this area requires that a number of open research problems are solved. National Instruments fully supports the efforts of the National Science Foundation and the research community in defining this research agenda.”

The NI LabVIEW embedded design and prototyping platform combines the LabVIEW graphical development environment with off-the-shelf measurement and control hardware for design, simulation, rapid prototyping, implementation, validation and verification of embedded systems. Intuitive graphical dataflow programming empowers engineers and scientists to rapidly develop and iterate on designs, reducing the time from concept to prototype.

Truchard cofounded National Instruments in 1976 while working at The University of Texas at Austin. Under his leadership, the company has pioneered the development of virtual instrumentation software and hardware that have revolutionized the way engineers approach measurement and automation applications. In 1986, Truchard and Jeff Kodosky invented LabVIEW graphical development software. With LabVIEW, engineers and scientists can quickly and intuitively build a customer-defined solution for measurement and automation.

About National Instruments
For 30 years, National Instruments has been a technology pioneer and leader in virtual instrumentation – a revolutionary concept that has changed the way engineers and scientists in industry, government and academia approach measurement and automation. Leveraging PCs and commercial technologies, virtual instrumentation increases productivity and lowers costs for test, control and design applications through easy-to-integrate software, such as NI LabVIEW, and modular measurement and control hardware for PXI, PXI Express, PCI, PCI Express, USB and Ethernet. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has 4,000 employees and direct operations in nearly 40 countries. For the past seven years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.
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