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National Instruments joins microprocessor development community

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National Instruments has joined, an open and collaborative organisation dedicated to developing and promoting Power Architecture technology - an instruction set architecture prevalent in microprocessors.

Power Architecture technology could provide an enhanced platform for collaborative hardware and software innovation between leading technology companies such as Freescale Semiconductor, IBM, Xilinx and National Instruments.

The community will help to define the specifications of the architecture, and together they will build development tools to ease and improve implementations. It is hoped that National Instruments will benefit from the shared expertise to build high-performance, rugged and low-power commercial off-the-shelf hardware.

National Instruments will also extend the benefits of to engineers and scientists by making it possible for them to combine off-the-shelf hardware with NI LabVIEW graphical development tools to program Power Architecture processors and quickly design, prototype and deploy embedded systems.