National Instruments Unveils Pioneer Programs for LabVIEW FPGA Module

National Instruments announced pioneer programs for two new devices based on the NI LabVIEW FPGA Module, giving engineers and researchers early access to technology for digital and communications system design. Engineers now can use LabVIEW FPGA to write custom software for each device’s FPGA to prototype and test emerging standards or create custom protocols. With FPGA technology, engineers can repeatedly reconfigure hardware performance through software to meet next-generation requirements, which is a new approach to system design.

“Virtual instrumentation revolutionized the test and measurement industry,” said Dr. James Truchard, NI president and CEO. “Graphical system design now raises the bar by supporting heterogeneous multiprocessing with combinations of multicore PCs and FPGAs. The communications pioneer program provides capabilities for building high-performance RF and communications test systems, while the digital pioneer program provides capabilities for a new generation of FPGA-based digital test systems.”

The high-speed digital test pioneer device features the largest LabVIEW FPGA target to date. The product has four high-speed serial I/O lines up to 3.125 Gb/s and 24 general-purpose digital I/O lines up to 400 Mb/s. The PXI Express-based module offers a x4 connector for throughput rates up to 1 GB/s, ideal for streaming applications. The digital pioneer device extends the capabilities of the company’s current high-speed digital devices beyond 200 MHz clock rates to empower engineers to interface to DVI, HDMI, SATA, IEEE 1394 and other high-speed digital protocols requiring high throughput. The digital pioneer program includes the new high-speed digital device, a PXI Express chassis and controller, LabVIEW 8.20 Professional Edition and the LabVIEW FPGA Module.

The communications pioneer device is a PCI board with two 14-bit IF input channels at 100 MS/s and two 14-bit IF output channels at 200 MS/s. The device features a LabVIEW FPGA target, making it ideal for software-defined radio and RFID applications. Engineers and researchers can perform digital upconversion and digital downconversion in hardware to alleviate bus bandwidth requirements and perform custom pulse shaping while still leaving the FPGA free for user-defined processing. The communications pioneer program includes the new communications device, LabVIEW, the LabVIEW FPGA Module and the Modulation Toolkit for LabVIEW.

Through NI pioneer programs, engineers can preview technology before it is released to help with the design and functionality of the product. More information: digital pioneer program :: communications pioneer program

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For 30 years, National Instruments has been 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, PCI Express, PXI Express, USB and Ethernet. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has 4,000 employees and direct operations in nearly 40 countries. For the past seven years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.