National Instruments has released LabVIEW 8 Student Edition Software Suite, a full-featured version of the graphical development platform that provides students with a flexible, hands-on learning environment for designing, prototyping and deploying engineering and science concepts into real-world applications. The software suite, for the first time, includes a collection of powerful National Instruments LabVIEW add-ons for mathematics, control design, signal processing and communications.
With MathScript, an integrated part of LabVIEW 8, students can combine intuitive graphical dataflow programming with math-oriented algorithm development to solve homework problems in courses involving linear and dynamic systems, signal processing and control.
The suite contains five LabVIEW add-ons, including the LabVIEW Control Design Toolkit, LabVIEW Simulation Module, LabVIEW System Identification Toolkit, LabVIEW Modulation Toolkit and LabVIEW Digital Filter Design Toolkit. Using the LabVIEW Control Design Toolkit, students can explore dynamic systems and control theory with graphical tools for interactive root-locus, PID and other design techniques, while learning about plant and control models in state-space, transfer function or pole-zero-gain form. Students can use the LabVIEW Simulation Module to develop dynamic system models and simulate and deploy their open-loop or closed-loop controls systems. Additional advanced functionality provided by the LabVIEW Digital Filter Design Toolkit is ideal for exploring filter designs, topologies, algorithms, fixed- and floating-point filters and other concept taught in digital signal processing courses.