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Virtual instrumentation increases productivity

Posted: 16 Jan 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:virtual instrumentation  graphical programming  growth drivers 

Tom Cox
Jayaram Pillai,
Managing director,
National Instruments
discusses major steps
in redefining the
test and automation industry

The trend of instrumentation moving towards software-based functionality puts India in a prime position to be one of the world's leading test platform providers. India's rich software and IT infrastructure provides capabilities needed for world-class contributions in this industry. Examples include India's achievements in universities, wind tunnels, automotive developments and nuclear physics research.

Growth drivers in India
Leveraging PCs and commercial technologies, the virtual instrumentation approach 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. Based on past performance, we fully expect that engineers and scientists in India will continue to distinguish themselves with their innovative uses of virtual instrumentation.

Pressured to deliver higher-functionality products to market faster, engineers must move quickly through the development cycle, expressed simply as three primary stages: design, prototype and deployment. To make this possible, National Instruments is expanding virtual instrumentation beyond the traditional areas of prototype and test. The productive software approach of graphical programming (LabVIEW) powerfully expands to unify most of the disparate software tools of the different development phases. Modular I/O integrated into each phase ensures better code reuse and certainty of functionality at each step. Finally, the power to leverage the latest COTS technologies—such as FPGAs, PCI Express, and powerful yet inexpensive DSPs—with the exact same code used in the design and prototype phases speeds deployment of validated designs.

Our teams in India and around the world will continue to deliver the tools needed by engineers and scientists to reduce development time, design higher-quality products and lower design costs. Since our products require engineers to be trained with modular and graphical approach, its necessary to place consulting engineers in all corners of India to ensure customers' early success. We also believe that developing and nurturing a network of professional system integrators and partners is vital to serve customers who want our tools delivered as turn-key systems. And the last area of expansion is to continue to work with the engineering universities in India to ensure that future generations of engineers and scientists experience the power of virtual instrumentation and the LabVIEW graphical system design software.

Through this vision, National Instruments sees these tools being widely adopted by the worldwide science and engineering community.In fact, we think that major instrument providers will soon adopt software-based design, prototype and deployment technologies. This will be a major step in redefining the global test and automation industry.

Jayaram Pillai
Managing director, National Instruments

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