NI to Host 11th Annual Worldwide NIWeek Virtual Instrumentation Conference
National Instruments announced plans for its 11th annual customer and technology conference. NIWeek, the worlds leading virtual instrumentation conference and exhibition, opens Aug. 16 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, for three full days of interactive technical sessions, summits, exhibitions and hands-on workshops on the latest technologies for test, control and design applications. For 11 years, engineers have made the NIWeek conference and exhibition a success by sharing their ideas and experiences with colleagues while learning about the latest advancements in virtual instrumentation, said Dr. James Truchard, NI CEO, president and cofounder. This success, spurred by the growing number of conference attendees each year, continues to drive the evolution of virtual instrumentation beyond the PC with the newest generation of measurement and control products such as programmable automation controllers and FPGA embedded technologies.With this years newly expanded 40,000-square-foot expo hall, NI increases its technical summit offering to include two new highlights summits for control design and RF and wireless communications in addition to last years feature, the Sound and Vibration Summit. Leading experts, researchers and NI developers in these three summit areas, including representatives from Maplesoft, Eaton, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of California at Berkeley, will gather to present technical sessions and technology demonstrations while providing training opportunities to attendees. During the summits, attendees gain hands-on experience and discover advanced measurement and analysis techniques while networking with industry peers. The Control Design Summit features information on how engineers use leading control design techniques such as FPGA programming, deterministic operation and National Instruments LabVIEW targeting to achieve better efficiency and concurrency in applications such as in-vehicle and aerospace embedded control and machine control system design. The RF and Wireless Communications Summit offers the latest in industry advances including communications algorithm development, RFID, wireless sensors and telemetry and the multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) measurement technique. The Sound and Vibration Summit focuses on industrial vibration diagnostics, automotive noise and vibration design and audio and electroacoustics test.NIWeek 2005 features more than 200 exhibitor booths and 180 unique technical sessions from NI developers and other industry experts. This year, the conference features technical presentations from companies including Analog Devices, Intel, MTS and Xilinx that highlight unique approaches to solving measurement and automation challenges. NI also is showcasing three new pavilions on the NIWeek expo floor. The PCI Express Pavilion displays new PC technologies from industry experts. The Industrial Control Pavilion highlights products for systems that require advanced control algorithms, I/O, motion or industrial communications. The Design Partners Pavilion features leading electronic design, mechanical design and embedded silicon vendors working closely with NI to improve the connectivity of NI LabVIEW and SignalExpress with todays design environments.About NIWeekSince 1995, engineers, scientists and educators worldwide have gathered at NIWeek to learn about cost-efficient, flexible technologies for creating advanced test, control and design solutions. At NIWeek 2004, NI saw more than 2,000 attendees and released a record number of new products. Online registration for the 11th annual NIWeek full conference package is now open at www.ni.com/niweek, and attendees who register by June 1 can save up to 20 percent with early bird discounts and take advantage of priority exhibitor booth selections. 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 3,400 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. For more information, Contact National Instruments or visit their web site at www.ni.com.
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