National Instruments Announces Virtual Instrumentation Conference

National Instruments (Nasdaq:NATI) announced plans for NIWeek, the industry’s premier event covering virtual instrumentation and graphical system design. NIWeek 2007, the company’s 13th annual customer and technology conference, opens Aug. 7 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, for three days of interactive technical sessions, targeted forums, exhibitions and hands-on workshops on the latest developments for design, automation, manufacturing and test.

“Each year, thousands of engineers and scientists have made NIWeek a success by sharing their ideas and experiences with colleagues while learning about the most recent technologies and solutions for design, control and test,” said Dr. James Truchard, NI CEO, president and cofounder. “At NIWeek 2007, we will explore how flexible graphical programming software combined with increasingly powerful technologies, such as multicore processors and reconfigurable FPGAs, along with higher-performance, easier-to-use bus architectures, such as PCI Express and USB, can lead to dramatic improvements for rapid design, prototyping and deployment of design, control and test systems.”

NIWeek 2007 hosts world-renowned presenters including Truchard, who will explain the latest trends and design approaches to address the growing needs of engineering around the world in his opening keynote address. Truchard will show attendees how to apply the graphical system design approach to exciting application areas including algorithm engineering, mechatronics, communications design and high-performance digital test. In addition to Truchard, Tim Dehne, NI senior vice president of R&D, will present a variety of technology demonstrations that illustrate how innovative thinkers are shaping the future, and Jeff Kodosky, NI cofounder and business and technology fellow, will discuss the new technologies that are driving the future of the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment.

The conference features more than 180 technical sessions including hands-on workshops, case studies, user applications and panel discussions from companies and universities such as Analog Devices, Drexel University, Endevo, Intel, Texas Instruments and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The sessions highlight innovative approaches to solving design, test and measurement challenges and showcase the latest products and solutions from customers, partners and NI. The conference program provides attendees with training opportunities and the chance to discover advanced measurement and analysis techniques while networking with industry peers. The conference also features four summits on graphical system design, vision, RF and wireless communications and sound and vibration.

The NIWeek 2007 exhibition includes more than 200 exhibits showcasing innovative virtual instrumentation and graphical system design products and solutions. On the expo floor, attendees can meet face-to-face with engineers from a wide range of industries, try out the latest products and see next-generation innovations in action. Attendees also can see the technical content discussed in the sessions come to life in applications highlighted in the five pavilions featured on the exhibition floor – graphical system design, RF and communications, vision, sound and vibration and LabVIEW.

Readers can learn more about NIWeek 2007, register for the event or sign up to exhibit.

About National Instruments
National Instruments is transforming the way engineers and scientists design, prototype and deploy systems for measurement, automation and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf software such as NI LabVIEW and modular cost-effective hardware, and sells to a broad base of more than 25,000 different companies worldwide, with no one customer representing more than 3 percent of revenue and no one industry representing more than 10 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 4,000 employees and direct operations in nearly 40 countries. For the past eight years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America. Readers can obtain investment information from the company’s investor relations department by calling 512-683-5090, e-mailing

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