NI Announces New Ethernet/LAN and USB Instrument Drivers

  • December 13, 2005
  • National Instruments Corporation
  • News
NEWS RELEASE – Dec. 2005 – Engineers and scientists now can use new National Instruments LabVIEW instrument drivers to control a wide range of instruments through the standard connectivity of Ethernet/LAN and USB. Included are instrument drivers to control LeCroy’s latest line of high-performance oscilloscopes, such as the WaveMaster, WavePro, WaveRunner and WaveSurfer via Ethernet/LAN, as well as the Tektronix AFG3000 Series arbitrary/function generators via USB, Ethernet/LAN and GPIB. “The NI certified Plug and Play instrument driver for the very popular NI LabVIEW development environment helps our customers quickly develop their applications,” said Kevin Fitzgerald, vice president of sales at LeCroy North America. “Using LabVIEW to control our new high-performance oscilloscopes across Ethernet/LAN helps our customers get up and running as quickly as possible while still taking advantage of the most advanced functionality in our instruments.”While GPIB remains the most widely used bus for instrument-to-PC connectivity, the ubiquitous nature of Ethernet/LAN and USB ports on today’s PCs attracts many instrument vendors and engineers to these new connectivity options. NI offers an industry-leading software platform, including the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, NI-VISA I/O library and NI certified instruments drivers on the NI Instrument Driver Network, to ensure seamless integration and connectivity between the PC and Ethernet/LAN or USB instruments. Engineers can use the widely adopted NI-VISA I/O library to create applications that communicate with standalone instruments across any bus, including Ethernet/LAN, USB, GPIB, serial and FireWire®, without requiring any future modifications to their software if they change bus options.The National Instruments vision of virtual instrumentation is based on leveraging PC standard I/O and off-the-shelf components. In addition to more than 350 Ethernet/LAN and USB instrument drivers, NI offers many other products to further enhance these connectivity options, including instrument control products that deliver Ethernet/LAN or USB connectivity to existing GPIB and serial instruments; Ethernet/LAN controllers and modules for the network-ready PXI platform; stand-alone Ethernet/LAN-based platforms, such as National Instruments CompactRIO and Compact Fieldpoint; and USB-based data acquisition products, such as the NI USB-92xx devices.About the Instrument Driver NetworkThe Instrument Driver Network is the industry’s largest source for LabVIEW and LabWindows/CVI instrument drivers. Engineers and scientists can visit the site at to access more than 4,000 instrument drivers from more than 200 vendors as well as the new Ethernet/LAN and USB PC standard I/O instrument drivers.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 3,700 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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