LabView 2011

National Instruments has released NI LabView 2011, the 25th-anniversary version of its system design software. LabView accelerates the productivity of engineers and scientists who develop and deploy measurement and control systems to solve some of the world's greatest engineering challenges.

The 2011 version can dramatically increase development efficiency through new engineering-specific libraries and its ability to interact with almost any hardware device or deployment target, including the multicore NI CompactRIO controller and the NI PXIe-5665. It also supports assemblies built in the latest Microsoft .NET framework and includes numerous features driven directly from user feedback.

LabView 2011 allows engineers to develop visually striking, contemporary user interfaces with a new Silver palette of controls and indicators; to reuse code with support for the latest .NET assemblies, .m structures and new Xilinx IP for the LabView FPGA module; to achieve up to five times faster loading, wiring, editing and compiling of FPGA code; and spawn asynchronous threads to create multithreaded applications more quickly with a new communication API.

When combined with modular hardware, LabView 2011 is the centrepiece of the NI approach to graphical system design, which provides a unified platform for designing, prototyping and deploying applications with maximum efficiency. Engineers and scientists in virtually every industry are using graphical system design, from basic measurement applications to the most complex, advanced research projects.