National Instruments Background

National Instruments was founded in 1976 and has offices in over 50 countries. NI develops modular hardware through an open, software-defined platform. Their hardware aids users in boosting performance in automated test and measurement systems. The unique modular hardware is anything from high-performing RF devices to affordable measurement instruments. The versatile I/O allows users to reconfigure their existing hardware in software and thus prevents them from needing to purchase new devices each time they require a different type of application.

National Instruments also has their own special software, such as LabVIEW and TestStand. LabVIEW is a type of systems engineering software. It can be used for applications that involve test, measurement, and control with quick access to hardware and information. LabVIEW 2018 is suggested for applications such as teaching engineering students or creating smart machines or industrial equipment. LabVIEW NXG is the next generation of LabVIEW and is suggested for applications such as creating wireless communications systems, creating production test systems, confirming electronic designs, or measuring physical systems with sensors or actuators.

On the other hand, TestStand is a type of test management software created to aid users with swiftly creating automated test and confirmation systems. TestStand allows users to create, implement, and deploy test system software. Test sequences can be created in TestStand that integrate code modules written in any programming language.

NI is constantly coming up with new solutions for engineers. For example, they recently announced the first FlexRIO Transceiver for direct RF sampling, the PXIe-5785. This FlexRIO Transceiver is a member of a large family of FlexRIO instruments with Xilinx Ultra-Scale FPGAs that can be programmed by users; these devices aid users with meeting custom standards without the expensive cost for custom designing.

As they create newer, more advanced types of modular hardware, they choose to discontinue some of their older models. National Instruments recently discontinued several of their product lines, including E Series and B Series models, SCXI models, SCXI and PXI/SCXI Chassis, Dynamic Signal Analyzers, Plug-In Motion models, PXI R Series, and EtherCAT Chassis. These series are now obsolete and will no longer be manufactured or sold by NI.