National Instruments Hosts Automated Test Summit in 12 Cities |

National Instruments Hosts Automated Test Summit in 12 Cities

March 162004
Flextronics Test, JTAG Technologies, SigmaQuest, Tektronix, Thermotron, Virginia Panel to Participate

March 16, 2004 – National Instruments, a leader in automated test software and modular instrumentation hardware, today announced a series of 12 free Automated Test Summit events throughout North America from March to June 2004. Six leading suppliers of automated test equipment joined NI to develop the summit, which features industry experts from Flextronics Test, JTAG Technologies, SigmaQuest, Tektronix, Thermotron and Virginia Panel Corp. The summit offers attendees access to industry experts and the opportunity to learn how leading corporations increase return on capital through improved automated test methods.

“In working with test directors, engineers and senior managers from leading electronics manufacturers, NI learned of the key challenges they face,” said Richard McDonell, automated test software product manager for NI. “We worked closely with leading automated test equipment suppliers to develop the Automated Test Summit, which presents the latest test strategies and technologies that address these challenges. The summit helps attendees improve the use of their existing test equipment and increase the effective lifetime of their automated test systems.”

Through the one-day events, engineers and managers can learn about the latest automated test technologies, strategies and techniques through sessions targeted for design, validation and manufacturing test. The events feature technical training and demonstrations, as well as industry experts, product developers and system integrators who can answer attendee questions and provide real-world system expertise.

Topics addressed in the events include:
· Industry Trends, Challenges and Roadmaps
· Redeploying Existing Test Equipment and Applications
· Minimizing Cycle Times with a Modular Test System Architecture
· Improving Quality with Product Performance Monitoring
· Optimizing Test Throughput with Parallel Testing and Synchronized Measurements
· Reducing Test Development Time with the Latest Test Software Tools

Engineers and managers can attend the Automated Test Summit in the following cities:
· March 30 – Minneapolis, Minn.
· April 20 – Golden, Colo.
· April 27 – Laurel, Md.
· April 29 – Orlando, Fla.
· May 4 – Detroit, Mich.
· May 6 – Ft. Wayne, Ind.
· May 13 – Dallas, Texas
· May 21 – Juarez, Mexico
· May 25 – Anaheim, Calif.
· May 27 – Sunnyvale, Calif.
· June 3 – Boston, Mass.
· June 17 – Toronto, Canada

To register or to learn more about the Automated Test Summit events, readers can visit or call (800) 444-3539.

About National Instruments
National Instruments ( is a technology pioneer and leader in virtual instrumentation – a revolutionary concept that has changed the way engineers and scientists approach measurement and automation. Leveraging the PC and its related technologies, virtual instrumentation increases productivity and lowers costs through easy-to-integrate software, such as the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, and modular hardware, such as PXI modules for data acquisition, instrument control and machine vision. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,100 employees and direct operations in 40 countries. In 2003, the company sold products to more than 25,000 companies in more than 90 countries. For the past five years, FORTUNE magazine named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

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