LabVIEW 7 hits the streets

National Instruments today launched LabVIEW 7 Express, a major upgrade to its family of LabVIEW graphical development products.

The LabVIEW 7 Express product family includes the LabVIEW Base, Full and Professional Development Systems.

There’s a new LabVIEW 7 FPGA Module for developing applications to run in FPGAs on NI reconfigurable I/O hardware. And there’s also a new LabVIEW 7 PDA Module for creating portable handheld measurement and control applications on Microsoft Pocket PC or Palm OS PDAs.

More than 40 Express interactive virtual instruments (Vis) streamline development for tasks ranging from data acquisition to signal analysis to file I/O in easy-to-configure dialogs requiring little or no programming. With a redesigned NI-DAQ driver framework and two new interactive assistants for data acquisition and instrument control, LabVIEW 7 Express simplifies the measurement and analysis process.

For computer-based data acquisition systems, a DAQ Assistant helps users configure and define sophisticated data acquisition tasks with just a few mouse clicks. For GPIB, Serial, VXI and other traditional instruments, users can use the Instrument I/O Assistant to prototype instrument control systems, take quick measurements and even develop simple instrument drivers. The Instrument I/O Assistant delivers interactive instrument control, autoparsing of data and automatic LabVIEW code generation.

In addition, the Real-Time Module has been upgraded in LabVIEW 7 to allow users to develop deterministic, real-time and embedded control applications. So too has the Datalogging and Supervisory Control Module which allows users to develop distributed monitoring and control applications.

The new LabVIEW 7 is available on Windows, Macintosh OS X, Sun Solaris and Linux operating systems.