Elvis helps out students

National Instruments’ Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite is a LabVIEW-based design and prototyping environment for university engineering and science laboratories.

National Instruments’ Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite, or NI ELVIS for short, is a LabVIEW-based design and prototyping environment for university engineering and science laboratories.

With NI ELVIS, students can simultaneously learn engineering theory and put it into practice in areas such as electric circuits, signal processing, communications, control systems, mechanical measurements and mechatronics.

NI ELVIS consists of LabVIEW-based virtual instruments, a multifunction data acquisition device and a custom-designed benchtop workstation with a prototyping board. This combination provides a suite of common laboratory instruments including an oscilloscope, function generator, digital multimeter and programmable power supplies along with a bode analyser, dynamic signal analyser and arbitrary waveform generator.

Using the removable prototyping board, students can design their own electronic circuits, signal conditioning capabilities and small electromechanical devices. The prototyping board has standard banana, BNC and D-sub connectors for easy and secure connectivity. The NI ELVIS workstation also is equipped with short-circuit and over-voltage protection for the data acquisition device.

The NI ELVIS system is available to universities for $1,860. Laboratories already equipped with NI data acquisition products can add NI ELVIS for $1,327.