Microsoft Selects National Instruments LabVIEW and PXI to Test Xbox 360 Controllers

  • October 18, 2005
  • National Instruments Corporation
  • News
NEWS RELEASE – Oct. 17, 2005 – National Instruments today announced that Microsoft Corp. selected an NI LabVIEW and PXI-based test solution for its Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system controllers. The virtual instrumentation solution, originally developed in Microsoft’s design validation lab, was recently deployed to the production line for the functional test of every Xbox 360 controller. “National Instruments hardware and software give us both the performance and flexibility that is critical in meeting our time-to-market demands for the upcoming Xbox 360,” said Rob Walker, development manager, Xbox Accessories. “With an industry-standard platform based on Microsoft Windows, PXI and NI LabVIEW, we developed a high-performance, low-cost test solution that resulted in a 50 percent reduction in our overall test time.”The Xbox has sold approximately 22 million consoles to date worldwide and the highly anticipated Xbox 360 is scheduled for U.S. release on November 22, 2005 with both wired and wireless game controllers. The new controllers required a robust test system to provide a high-quality gaming experience. To ensure reliable communication between the controllers and the Xbox 360 console, Microsoft used the latest NI modular instrument technology including the NI PXI-5124 12-bit 200 MS/s digitizer. The LabVIEW and PXI solution tests all functions of the new controllers, including push buttons, joystick control, audio signals and communication to the Xbox 360 console. As each Xbox 360 controller comes off the production line, the test system uses LabVIEW to send more than 100 test parameters to a Microsoft SQL Server for post-test analysis to implement future production line and device enhancements. “NI has utilized Microsoft technologies for more than 15 years to deliver our virtual instrumentation solutions to engineers and scientists around the world,” said Dr. James Truchard, NI president and CEO. “We are excited that Microsoft continues to use NI technologies, including LabVIEW and our high-performance PXI modular instruments, to design powerful test solutions for its new Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system.” 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 3,600 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, Submit NI Info Request Form or visit their web site at

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