National Instruments, Tektronix Continue Work to Increase Productivity for Design Engineers

  • July 23, 2003
  • National Instruments Corporation
  • News
July 21, 2003 -- Tektronix, Inc. and National Instruments today announced that design engineers can reduce their development time by using Tektronix oscilloscopes with LabVIEW 7 Express, which released in May. As NI currently demonstrates in its LabVIEW Worldwide Tour, the Instrument I/O Assistant in LabVIEW 7 Express dramatically simplifies integration with Tektronix oscilloscopes through automatic code generation and autoparsing. "As design cycles shorten, our customers across the electronics industry -- from communications to computers -- are looking for solutions that help increase their productivity in data acquisition, measurement and analysis," said Rich McBee, Tektronix vice president of worldwide sales and marketing. "With the new Instrument I/O Assistant in NI LabVIEW 7 Express, our customers save significant time in formatting and parsing instrument commands, helping them move new designs to market more quickly." The Instrument I/O Assistant delivers a step-by-step method to write commands, read responses and automatically parse data from GPIB, Ethernet, USB, serial and VXI instruments, so engineers can use it to easily communicate with and program third-party instruments such as Tektronix oscilloscopes. "Following our joint efforts last year with LabVIEW and Tektronix open Windows oscilloscopes, it was natural to work with Tektronix as a major testing platform for LabVIEW 7 Express instrument I/O," said John Graff, NI vice president of marketing. "This testing ensures easy and seamless integration with Tektronix oscilloscopes, bringing an exceptional level of productivity and performance to design engineers at all experience levels. With the Instrument I/O Assistant and more than 1,400 third-party instrument drivers, LabVIEW 7 Express is the industry-standard choice for instrument control."Tektronix oscilloscopes, including the TDS5104 digital phosphor oscilloscope (DPO) that NI demonstrates in the LabVIEW tour, network to external PCs and instruments via industry-standard ports and protocols. These oscilloscopes use the OpenChoice software platform and open Windows 2000 operating system to simplify analysis using third-party applications and development environments such as LabVIEW 7 Express. By pairing LabVIEW with Tektronix oscilloscopes, design engineers can rapidly prototype instrument control systems, take quick measurements and develop simple I/O applications. The LabVIEW Worldwide Tour began this month and will travel to more than 200 cities through September. This technical seminar demonstrates the direct I/O connectivity to Tektronix oscilloscopes and gives engineers and scientists the opportunity to try out the latest version of LabVIEW to learn more about how it simplifies development, runs on standard personal digital assistants (PDAs) and targets new hardware platforms including FPGAs.About TektronixTektronix, Inc. is a test, measurement and monitoring company providing measurement solutions to the communications, computer and semiconductor industries worldwide. With more than 55 years of experience, Tektronix enables its customers to design, build, deploy and manage next-generation global communications networks and advanced technologies. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix has operations in more than 20 countries worldwide. Tektronix' Web address is National InstrumentsNational 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 for customers worldwide 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 3,000 employees and direct operations in 40 countries. In 2002, the company sold products to more than 25,000 different companies in more than 80 countries around the world. For the past four consecutive years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.Readers may obtain investment information from the company's investor relations department at (512) 683-5090, by sending e-mail to or on the Web at

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