The Tech Teamwork of NASA and NI

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From humble beginnings in James Truchard’s residential garage in Texas, NI has become a massively respected producer of automated test equipment. Since launching in 1976, the company has helped find hardware and software solutions for multiple industries on an international scale. The incredible impact that NI has had on technological innovation is even more evident when considering its long history of working with NASA.

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Product Spotlight: The PXIe-1095

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PXIe (PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation) is a modular instrumentation platform that combines strong CompactPCI features with industry-standard PCI bus technology to provide capabilities for power, communication, and cooling. The platform can be adapted and changed to meet even the most complex instrumentation needs. With 58 W of power and cooling in each slot, the PXIe-1095 chassis allows for increased power and cooling in FPGA workloads.

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5G and the Need for Speed

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It’s an undeniable truth that society is becoming increasingly mobile. The integral role that wireless connectivity plays in our day-to-day lives continually creates the need for new applications, which in turn pushes innovation forward at incredible speed. The impact this “race to test” has had on the technology surrounding cell phones is undeniable- in just a few short decades, cellular communication has gone from basic flip phones to powerful smartphones with 5G capabilities.

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Modernizing the EV Battery Test Lab

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Every year, the NI Connect event brings together engineers and business executives from across the globe to discuss the most recent developments in cutting-edge technologies and strategies. At the most recent NI Connect in Munich, NI announced the High Power System-17000, their highest performing EV battery cycler to date. With 150kW of power, the HPS-17000 offers a modular design created to improve scalability, flexibility, and performance.

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Standardized Software is Key to Lab Modernization

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It is no secret that tech innovation is accelerating at an incredible rate- and as a result, engineers face increasing pressure to expedite each stage of product development. Each new technological advancement not only opens up new markets, but also affects how engineers develop and test their products. For any company working to stay at the forefront of evolving technologies while also meeting client demands as effectively as possible, software standardization is critical for modernizing your lab.

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Tackling Future Obsolescence Today

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Do you have a plan for when your NI products reach the next phase of their life cycle? Back in April, we published a blog post about planning for test equipment obsolescence in 2022. As we get closer to the end of the year, we are looking ahead to see which parts from NI are soon to be obsolete, now including Last Orderable Dates slated for December 2022 and into 2023.

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How LabVIEW & Python Are Better Together

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Both LabVIEW and Python are indispensable tools when it comes to development and programming. With so many strengths and benefits to both- how do you decide which one to use? The answer is simple. You don’t need to choose! LabVIEW and Python work even better together when it comes to automating test systems. In a recent webinar, NI product marketing engineer Austin Stanton put these complementary capabilities on display.

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25 Years of PXI- A History

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PXI is a robust platform that is powered by software and PCI electrical-bus characteristics with CompactPCI’s modular, Eurocard design. For over 2 decades, this high-performance and inexpensive deployment platform has been useful for a wide variety of applications across an expansive range of industries- including the military, aerospace, and industrial industries. The capabilities of PXI in test, measurement, control, and data acquisition applications set the industry standard- but how did it get to this point?

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Checking in With LabVIEW in 2022

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Back in June, we published a blog post navigating the initial project outlines for LabVIEW in 2022. Recently, NI released their Q3 Roadmap for the platform, outlining their plan for upcoming releases. September also marks the 9th month since LabVIEW switched over to an all subscription model in January of 2022. In this post, we will see what has changed for the LabVIEW roadmap since our June post, and we will dive into the different options for LabVIEW subscriptions.

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LEGO®, LabVIEW, and Robots- Oh My!

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As one of the largest companies in the world, the bright colors of plastic Lego bricks are a familiar sight to any toy aisle. These interlocking bricks provide an engaging outlet for creativity and innovation, going far beyond playtime and becoming a valuable asset to classrooms around the globe. Through the robotics kits of Lego Mindstorms®, engineering and programming concepts are taught in a way that actively engages children while also imparting important life skills.

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