NI Honors Texas Tech University for Greener SUV Design at Challenge X 2005
Students Recognized for Use of Virtual Instrumentation in Control Design and Simulation at National CompetitionNEWS RELEASE Students from top engineering universities gathered in Detroit, Mich., last week to unveil their designs for more environmentally friendly crossover sports utility vehicles (SUVs) at the Challenge X: Crossover to Sustainable Mobility competition. National Instruments joined major sponsors including the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors and recognized Texas Tech University engineering students for their unique approach to control design and simulation through virtual instrumentation.With NI LabVIEW and the PXI embedded control system, we developed our control algorithms, tested them in real time and used the FPGA for its high-speed processing and versatility, said Mario Mendez, electrical engineering masters degree candidate and leader of the Texas Tech Challenge X team. With a design approach based on virtual instrumentation, we can use the same tools throughout the entire development process from concept development to simulation and implementation.Virtual instrumentation is the combination of industry-standard computer technology with powerful application software and modular hardware to perform the functions of traditional control and measurement devices. The Texas Tech team used the National Instruments LabVIEW graphical development environment and LabVIEW FPGA Module with NI reconfigurable I/O hardware for comprehensive engine control of their vehicle. The students incorporated graphical implementation for rapid prototyping and hardware-in-the-loop testing. NI also recognized the University of Tennessee for the second place award and the University of Waterloo for third.Challenge X is a three-year engineering competition that encourages student teams to develop methods for reducing total energy consumption and emissions in a crossover vehicle while maintaining or exceeding vehicle utility and performance. Students from 17 universities such as Virginia Tech, the University of Michigan and the University of Texas gathered last week for the first-year awards ceremony, which focused on vehicle modeling and simulation as well as subsystem development and testing. Through Challenge X, students are following real-world vehicle development processes to successfully prototype more environmentally friendly vehicles, said Pete Zogas, NI senior vice president of sales and marketing. During this first year of competition, teams focus on modeling, simulation and testing before actually building their vehicles the following years. LabVIEW is especially useful in this long-term project because students can continue using this single development environment and NI reconfigurable I/O hardware as a customizable platform for bringing their vehicle designs to life.For more information, Contact National Instruments or visit their web site at www.ni.com.About National InstrumentsNational Instruments is 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, PCI, USB and Ethernet. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,500 employees and direct operations in nearly 40 countries. In 2004, the company sold products to more than 25,000 companies in 90 countries. For the past six years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.
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