National Instruments has introduced LabView 2010, the latest version of the graphical programming environment for design, test, measurement and control applications. LabView 2010 delivers new features such as off-the-shelf compiler technologies that execute code an average of 20 per cent faster, and a comprehensive marketplace for evaluating and purchasing add-on toolkits for easily integrating custom functionality into the platform. For field-programmable gate array (FPGA) users, LabView 2010 delivers a new IP Integration Node that makes it possible to integrate any third-party FPGA IP into LabView applications and is compatible with the Xilinx Core Generator. National Instruments also implemented more than a dozen new features suggested by lead users through the LabView Idea Exchange, an online feedback forum that marks a significant new level of collaboration between NI R&D and customers.
Introduced in 1986, LabView abstracts the complexity of programming by giving users drag-and-drop, graphical function blocks and wires that resemble a flowchart to develop their sophisticated systems. LabView offers integration with thousands of hardware devices, provides hundreds of built-in libraries for advanced analysis and data visualisation and is scalable across multiple OSs and targets such as x86 processors, real-time OSs (RTOSs) and FPGAs.