Test & Measurement World Names NI Compact Vision System One of the Year’s Best Test Products

  • January 12, 2004
  • National Instruments Corporation
  • News
National Instruments 100 MS/s Mixed-Signal Test Platform Receives Honorable MentionJan. 7, 2004 -- Editors of Test & Measurement World recently recognized two new National Instruments technologies in their Best in Test 2004 competition, naming the NI CVS-1454 Compact Vision System a Best in Test winner and finalist for Test Product of the Year 2004, and the NI 100 MS/s Mixed-Signal Test Platform an honorable mention recipient. "Every year, our technical editors recognize 12 new products in the Best in Test competition that we feel are particularly innovative or useful," said Larry Maloney, vice president, publisher and editorial director of Test & Measurement World. "We selected the NI Compact Vision System because of its advanced FireWire connectivity and powerful Vision Builder feature, as well as its superior compatibility with the widely used NI LabVIEW development environment."The NI Compact Vision System outperforms the combined efforts of several smart cameras by offering multiple IEEE 1394 camera ports and a powerful processor. With more than 60 industrial IEEE 1394 cameras available, engineers can complete their application with a wide variety of camera types, including high-speed, high-resolution, infrared or linescan. Engineers also can use the NI Compact Vision System with NI Vision Builder for Automated Inspection software to create highly customized applications without programming. In addition, engineers can take advantage of the NI Compact Vision System integrated I/O architecture, which offers 15 digital input lines, 14 digital output lines, VGA video output and RS-232 and Ethernet connectivity for distributed machine vision applications.In naming the NI 100 MS/s mixed-signal test platform a Best in Test 2004 honorable mention recipient, judges noted the platform’s varied uses in applications ranging from embedded systems to wireless products and automotive electronics. The PXI-based mixed-signal suite includes a 100 MS/s, 14-bit high-resolution digitizer, 100 MHz and 50 MHz digital waveform generator/analyzers and a 100 MS/s, 16-bit arbitrary waveform generator -- all built on a common hardware architecture. Engineers and scientists can use the mixed-signal platform with LabVIEW 7 Express to increase flexibility and system performance for rapid prototyping and testing of analog, digital or mixed-signal devices"National Instruments continues to push the boundaries of virtual instrumentation through innovative hardware and software," said Tim Dehne, NI senior vice president of R&D. "The Compact Vision System and Mixed-Signal Test Platform reinforce our commitment to making test systems more accurate, powerful and productive than ever before."Nominations for the Best in Test competition came from both manufacturers and users of products introduced between Nov. 1, 2002 and Oct. 31, 2003, and also included products Test & Measurement World editors had seen or written about during that time. The magazine publishes its list of Best in Test finalists in December and asks readers to vote for the Test Product of the Year. Readers must return ballots by Feb. 10 and results will be announced at the APEX tradeshow on Feb. 24 in Anaheim, CA. Published monthly by Reed Business Information, Test & Measurement World covers the electronics testing industry, providing how-to information for engineers who test, measure and inspect electronic devices, components and systems. For more information on the publication, readers may visit www.tmworld.com.About National InstrumentsNational Instruments (www.ni.com) 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 nati@ni.com or on the Web at www.ni.com/nati.

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