National Instruments NIWeek to Feature Technical Summits

National Instruments (Nasdaq:NATI) announced four technical summits on graphical system design; RF and wireless communications; sound and vibration; and vision to take place at NIWeek 2007, the company’s 13th annual customer and technology conference. The summits feature targeted keynotes, product technical training and demonstrations by NI developers and industry-leading researchers. Attendees can see demonstrations of the summit content on the exhibition floor at corresponding pavilions.

The Graphical System Design Summit, sponsored by Intel and CMP Media, welcomes experts from industry and academia, including Intel, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Max Planck Institute. At the summit, technology experts share ways experienced embedded designers and domain experts without programming knowledge can take advantage of the latest technologies driving embedded design. Attendees can learn how to streamline embedded development through high-level graphical tools and flexible prototyping platforms. Session topics include the business impact of design platform, algorithm engineering, mechatronics and embedded design case studies. The Graphical System Design Summit benefits experienced and novice embedded developers in a wide variety of industries – including biomedical, research, machine design, industrial and automotive.

At the RF and Wireless Communications Summit, industry experts from Freescale Semiconductor, the University of California at San Diego and the Wi-Fi Alliance examine the latest advances in development tools for RF, wireless and communications products. The summit is designed for novice and experienced RF engineers, as well as communications and wireless systems engineers. Session topics include software-defined radio, emerging trends in wireless, reconfigurable test architectures and production test optimization of wireless devices. The IEEE Communications Society/Signal Processing Society’s Wireless Hive Network Symposium will also take place all day Wednesday, Aug. 8, during the summit.

The Sound and Vibration Summit features experts from Boeing, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and the University of Cincinnati. Engineers working in industrial vibration; automotive noise, vibration and harshness (NVH); and audio and electroacoustics design can attend presentations by industry and academia experts as well as hands-on workshops featuring the latest sound and vibration analysis techniques. Session topics include microphone arrays for noise identification; sound intensity measurement and analysis; sound and vibration sensor calibration techniques; advances in prognostics for predictive maintenance; and audio test acceleration with multitone analysis.

Engineers at the Vision Summit can participate in interactive presentations covering topics such as high-speed image streaming and sensor technologies. The summit features hands-on workshops on subjects such as “Completing the System,” which covers lighting, optics, software and other facets of machine vision. The summit features experts from Edmund Optics, Basler, FLIR and Sony. Session topics include new edge-detection methods, a vision industry outlook, GigE vision in-depth and direct part mark identification.

About NIWeek
NIWeek, a premier industry event covering virtual instrumentation and graphical system design, opens Aug. 7 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, for three days of interactive summits, exhibitions, technical sessions and hands-on workshops on the latest technologies for test, control and design applications. Since 1995, engineers, scientists and educators worldwide have gathered at NIWeek to learn about cost-efficient, flexible technologies for creating advanced test, control and design solutions.

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 National Instruments 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.

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